As Disney/Marvel’s Iron Man 3 crosses the $300 million line overseas—the pic has grossed over $307.7 million through Wednesday. The studio is expecting the Shane Black-directed pic to deliver huge numbers Stateside during its Thursday night and Friday shows. The movie’s Chinese opening day on Thursday brought in $21.5 million, surpassing The Avengers’ 2012 record. Deadline reports that on Friday, Iron Man 3 will pass the total international box office cume for Iron Man 2 of $312 million on its 9th day of release.
Industry watchers are predicting the threequel to perform in the $165 million to $180 million range this weekend. Online ticket outfit Fandango also reported that Iron Man 3 is making up 86% of its weekly sales.
The Chinese version of the movies offers four minutes of additional footage, which includes a new character named Dr Wu played by local actor Wang Xueqi. The Chinese sequence showcases the film’s hero Tony Stark being treated by a Chinese doctor in a mix of surgery and acupuncture!