The Rentrak institute announced that the third installment of the Iron Man franchise generated a whopping $195.3M worldwide during its opening weekend.
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.
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