It’s not everyday that we get films in consecutive years, with the same character, that happen to be the two highest grossing movies of all time. But that’s exactly what we’ve got with Marvel’s Iron Man film character. Last year – 2012 – it was The Avengers (which starred Iron Man) and now – 2013 – we’ve got Iron Man 3 taking the cake. Marvel’s Iron Man 3 debuted in the U.S. this weekend to the second highest domestic gross of all time. Not easy to do, considering no other comic book character has done it with consecutive films – not Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, or the X-Men.
Iron Man 3 garnered $175M this weekend, which is actually a bit disappointing to me considering its Friday estimates looked very promising for breaking the $200M barrier. Marvel will take it though. Iron Man 3 is Robert Downey Jr.’s last contractual Tony Stark film (although he’s already negotiating for The Avengers 2), so it makes sense that IM3 would be the character’s biggest film to date. Director Shane Black had a $200M budget to work with and they’ll have no problems making that back and more.
Number two this weekend (not that it mattered) was the Michael Bay action/comedy Pain & Gain starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. The film brought in nearly $8M this weekend for a two week total of $33M. Considering it only cost $26M to make, it’s already certified gold.
Third at the box office this weekend was the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, with $6M. It’s a bit surprising that it’s had this much sustained success and even beat out the Tom Cruise sci-fi flick Oblivion. The film has made nearly $80M in just a month.
Rounding out the top five is Tom Cruise’s film Oblivion and Dreamworks’ animated hit The Croods. The film’s pulled in $6M and $4M respectively.
Here’s the full top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)
1) Iron Man 3 – $175.3 (NEW)
2) Pain & Gain – $7.6 ($33.9)
3) 42 – $6.2 ($78.3)
4) Oblivion – $5.7 ($75.9)
5) The Croods – $4.2 ($168.7)
6) The Big Wedding – $3.8 ($14.2)
7) Mud – $2.1 ($5.1)
8) Oz the Great and Powerful – $1.8 ($228.5)
9) Scary Movie 5 – $1.4 ($29.6)
10) The Place Beyond the Pines – $1.2 ($18.6)
Via Box Office Mojo