The Rentrak institute announced that the third installment of the Iron Man franchise generated a whopping $195.3M worldwide during its opening weekend.
Iron Man is back and how! In an all-new franchise of the superhero series, Robert Downey Jr. will once again be reprising his role as Tony Stark. And this time, there'll be a sprinkling of romance with Pepper Potts too!
While North American fans will have to wait another week to see the film, the debut of Iron Man 3 (outside North America) ranks as the
ninth biggest of all time, bumping down Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($193M), according to figures published on April 28.
And Tom Cruise has become Iron Man's first victim. His film Oblivion takes the box office's second spot with $30.24M in international revenues. Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adventure has now generated $263.53M worldwide since its release.
Action comedy Pain and Gain ranks third. This new Michael Bay effort, only out in North American cinemas for the time being, made a respectable $20M. Mark Walhberg and Dwayne Johnson headline this production about bodybuilders caught up in crime.
MORE ON THE FILM
Iron Man 3 to get biggest Hollywood release in India
Iron Man 3, which hits theatres on April 26, will open in over 1,000 screens across the country. This will be the largest release for any Hollywood film in India till date. The movie being distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, will be released in about 450 digital screens and almost 350-400 single screens. The normal range for any big budget Hollywood movie is 200-250 screens. READ
Rashid Irani's review: Iron Man Three
After a hiatus of three years, Robert Downey Jr. unleashes his familiar superhero persona again in the third installment of the blockbuster series. Although it provides the requisite dosage of adrenaline rush, the storyline also underscores the vulnerable side to the high-profile crimefighter. FULL STORY
Critics' review: Iron Man 3 is the best of the series
The second sequel to the famous Iron Man series has nailed it once again, atleast the critics say so. The USP about the film it seems is undoubtedly Robert Downey Jr. Read on to know more about the flick. CRITICS SPEAK
MORE ON THE IRON MAN-INDIA CONNECT
Indian techies to rescue Iron Man?
Hollywood’s newfound, and obvious, interest in India keeps growing. With the country being a major market for the American film industry (and still, a relatively cheap shooting location) it’s understandable that more and more directors want to shoot here. READ MORE
Robert Downey Jr to visit India?
Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr might soon be visiting India. A highly placed trade source reveals that the actor is supposed to come to India as part of an eight-city world tour to spread awareness about sustainable energy. IRON MAN IN INDIA
I will visit India this year: Ben Kingsley
On April 26, the third film in the popular Iron Man franchise will hit the big screen in India. In the Shane Black directed movie, Robert Downey Jr. aka Iron Man will fight stalwart Ben Kingsley, who plays the menacing villain, Mandarin. In a candid conversation before the film’s release, Kingsley talks about the subtlety of Mandarin’s ways and his upcoming trip to India. KINGSLEY REVISITS
Indians will appreciate me as Mandarin in Iron Man 3: Ben Kingsley
No one gets to beat a superhero except a supervillain, and when there’s the ‘genius, billionaire playboy, philanthropist’ Tony Stark aka Iron Man on one side, there can’t be a more formidable adversary other than The Mandarin on the other. READ MORE
Iron Man creator high on Indian tales
He recently announced his upcoming debut in the Indian market with Chakra - The Invincible Hero, his first Indian superhero comic book, but his tryst with the country does not end here. American comic book tycoon Stan Lee is also working to bring to the big screen a film based on Indian mythology. FULL STORY
(With inputs from agencies)