Box office analysts are noting that Disney/Marvel’s early summer blockbuster Iron Man 3 is set to cross the $1 billion mark on Thursday (May 16). According to Box Office Mojo, the film had hit the $294.7 million mark and $685.6 million. It’s also estimated that the pic will finish as the 5th highest grossing film of all time. A big contributor to the film’s success is that it’s performing extremely well in international territories such as China, Korea, and Ukraine, as well as in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia (three countries where it has become the biggest film ever released).
The Robert Downey-starrer also had the biggest opening days of all time in China, Russia, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Ukraine, Singapore, South Africa, and Vietnam and the all-time biggest opening weekends in China, Ukraine, Thailand, South Africa, Argentina, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, and UAE.
Stateside, Iron Man 3 became the the second highest opening movie of all-time with $174.1M and is set to cross the $300 million mark on Thursday (its 14th day at the box office). With Iron Man 3, Disney has now six films that have reached $1 billion globally—that’s better than all the other studios. The other five are The Avengers ($1.5 billion), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1.066 billion), Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1.0493 billion), Alice in Wonderland (2010) ($1.0423).