'Iron Man 2' Soars With $133.6 Million Weekend; Scores Fifth Highest Opening Ever

Iron Man 2 blacked out everything else in its path, earning $133.6 million for the three-day frame. The Marvel Entertainment juggernaut didn't bypass The Dark Knight's weekend record of $158 million but got close to surpassing Pirates of the Caribbean 3's opening of $135.6 million. In actuality, it now stands as the fifth highest opening weekend ever. It should be noted that the 2-D event movie earned 8% of its gross from the $10.2 million earned from IMAX theaters. And though it's a sequel, which often times burns through theaters quicker, this Robert Downey Jr.-starrer scored an A with audiences according to Cinemascore. That will bode well for its theatrical longevity. Internationally, Iron Man 2 grossed an additional $57.2 million. Now open across 61 international territories, the movie's international gross stands at $194 million.


The majority of the rest of the top ten fell off quite steeply with A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) suffering the most from the Iron Man competition. The R-rated horror redo dropped off 72% from its opening weekend to $9.2 million. The film's total now stands at $48.5 million. Third place went to How to Train Your Dragon, which lost its greatest amount since debuting two months ago. The PG-rated kid flick lost 36% of its value and earned another $6.7 million, enough to put its cume at $201 million. Surprisingly, Iron Man could do little to throw Date Night off its amazing run. The Steve Carell, Tina Fey-starrer lost only 30% of its value with an additional $5.3 million. The movie's total has reached $80.8 million. The Back-Up Plan also stayed in theaters remarkably well for its third weekend. Losing only 40% of its value, the film grossed another $4.3 million which put its total at $29.4 million.


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