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Robin Hood hits bull's-eye at worldwide box office

Robin Hood took the lead at the worldwide box office in its first weekend of release, but the costly Russell Crowe saga failed to replace Iron Man 2 as the top choice in North America, according to studio estimates issued today.

entertainment Updated: May 16, 2010 22:52 IST

Robin Hood took the lead at the worldwide box office in its first weekend of release, but the costly Russell Crowe saga failed to replace Iron Man 2 as the top choice in North America, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

Crowe's fifth collaboration with director Ridley Scott earned $111.1 million from 57 markets, led by a relatively modest $37.1 million in the United States and Canada, said Universal Pictures.

The North American tally fell below forecasts of an opening in the $40 million to $45 million range. Still, it is in the same range as the totals of his last two under-performers, Body of Lies ($37 million) and State of Play ($39 million).

Iron Man 2 retained its crown in North America after earning $53 million in its second weekend, said Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the film for Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios. The superhero sequel, starring Robert Downey Jr., pulled in $84 million worldwide, taking its total to $457 million.

Robin Hood, which cost at least $155 million to make, made its world premiere at the opening selection at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

The picture dispenses with much of the Robin Hood mythology -- including his reputation as the man who stole from the rich and gave to the poor -- and transforms the hero into a war veteran swept up in political intrigue. Cate Blanchett co-stars as Maid Marion. Critics were largely unimpressed.

Universal is a unit of General Electric Co. Paramount Pictures is a unit of Viacom Inc.