Iron Man 3 Flies to the Top of the Charts
Robert Downey Jr.’s billionaire playboy superhero propelled Disney’s Iron Man 3 to a near-record $175.3 million take in the May 3 weekend box office. It was the second highest domestic debut in Hollywood history, trailing the $207 million debut of The Avengers last year. But the future of Downey’s wise-cracking, atomic-powered Tony Stark is questionable: The movie hints he may hang up his sci-fi hardware and high-tech weaponry for a normal life.
The film so dominated weekend ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada that it made more than 23 times the second-place finisher, Pain & Gain, an action crime comedy about weightlifters who double as extortionists, which raked in $7.6 million and stars Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg.
Capturing third place was the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 about the Brooklyn Dodger legend who shattered baseball’s color line, which pulled in $6.2 million. Grabbing the fourth spot was the post-apocalyptic, sci-fi Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, which managed only $5.8 million.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|1||N/A||Iron Man 3||$174.1M||$174.1M||1|
|2||1||Pain & Gain||$7.5M||$33.8M||2|
|6||4||The Big Wedding||$3.9M||$14.2M||2|
|7||12||Oz: The Great and Powerful||$2.1M||$228.9M||9|
|8||7||Scary Movie 5||$1.4M||$29.6M||4|
|9||6||The Place Beyond the Pines||$1.3M||$18.7M||6|
|10||6||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||$1.3M||$118.8M||6|
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