Marvel Studios kicked off the summer movie season in style, with Iron Man 2 soaring to the top of the domestic box office charts in its inaugural weekend with more than $133 million.
Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount, Iron Man 2 fell short of the $158 million opening-weekend record held by The Dark Knight, but was good enough for the honor of fifth-highest three-day opening in history.
Iron Man 2 also grossed an estimated $94 million overseas, where the movie has already been playing for a week, bringing its international total to $194 million for a worldwide total of $327 million.
According to Variety, Iron Man 2 did very well on IMAX screens as well, earning $10.2 million at 181 locations, topping by $700,000 the record set by Avatar.
The original Iron Man earned $98 million on its opening weekend in 2008, on its way to $318 million domestic and a worldwide total of $585 million.
The rest of the box office was rather quiet, with DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon coming in third for the weekend with $6.8 million, pushing its domestic total just past the $200 million mark.
Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans earned $2.3 million for the weekend, landing it in seventh place with a domestic total of $157 million. Still hanging in there is Alice in Wonderland, which earned $700,000 for the weekend, bringing its tally to $330 million; and Avatar, which grossed just over $400,000 to bring it to $747 million domestic.
The Secret of Kells, playing at some 21 theaters, earned $12,500 for the weekend to bring its total to $425,000 in its United States release.