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Iron Man 3 Looking to Have Massive Opening Weekend


Iron Man 3 looks as it if will start off the second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the right foot. Anticipated box office numbers are in, and the third Iron Man film is on track to match, and likely surpass Iron Man 2‘s opening haul.

Deadline reports Iron Man 3 is expected to have a $125 million or better opening weekend in North America. Considering Iron Man 2 debuted to $128 million, that seems like it should be expected. The site also says that definite interest in the Marvel film is higher even for The Avengers last year, and that film grossed $207 million in its first weekend.

If these tracking estimations are correct, then Iron Man 3 will be the first big blockbuster of 2013. So far the most successful movie this year has been Oz the Great and Powerful, another Disney project, and that film only opened to $79 million. Depending on how well Iron Man 3 performs, it could be the second most-successful movie of 2013 after just its opening weekend (Identity Thief, currently in the No. 2 spot, has made $131 million to date).

In addition to the big domestic numbers, Iron Man 3 is also garnering a massive global audience. However, Deadline also reports its U.K. premiere is being bumped from April 17 to April 18 because of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. More than 2,000 guests have been invited to that April 17 ceremony, and a Disney spokesperson said, “London will basically be in traffic chaos and it would have been difficult logistically” to maintain the premiere’s original slot.

Directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton. The film opens May 3. Here’s the official synopsis:

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?


  • John

    Wow talk about a non news story

  • Adam Walters

    This ridiculous headline is obvious click bait. :/

  • Ken

    Due to the huge success of the Avengers, of which Iron Man was a big part .. this should do Avengers level numbers ..

  • Tyroc

    But Iron Man 2 was a complete mess!

  • Glenn Simpson

    Well to me it begs the question of exactly how they gather their information. Is there some sort of survey where they ask people “do you intend to go see Iron Man 3″ in its first weekend?”

  • lewis4510

    In other news, fire is hot and water is wet.

  • JW Scott

    So the Iron Lady’s funeral bumps Iron Man’s London celebration out of the way? Hmm..

  • dusk

    By counting the number of pre-ordered tickets.

  • Ralph Town

    That bloody woman is still messing with my life,long after her death!!

  • Comic-Reader Lad

    Iron Man 3 will do extremely well, of course, given the goodwill of the previous Iron Man movies and Avengers. Anything over $300 million will be considered a massive success for a movie in its 3rd installment.

    The same goes for Man of Steel. Buzz around Hollywood is that MOS will be the blockbuster of the year in terms of its quality, but will Bryan Singer’s misfire keep this movie from reaching its full potential? I’m sure Warner will be happy with anything over $300 million for this first installment because that gives them something solid to build on for the franchise.

    Going back to Iron Man, is Robert Downey Jr. committed to anymore Iron Man or Avengers movies or is it contract renegotiation time?