Aside

The film makes more than the
rest of the US top 10 combined
as its worldwide total surges
past the $500m mark.
Iron Man 3 has had the second-
biggest opening weekend ever
at the North American box office.
The superhero movie starring
Robert Downey Jr grossed
$175.3m (£112.6m) – more than
the other nine films in the top 10
combined.
By comparison the second-
placed movie, Pain & Gain, earned
a paltry $7.6m.
Iron Man 3’s massive haul still fell
short of The Avengers, however,
which made $207.4m (£133.3m)
when it was released last May.
The film was renamed Marvel
Avengers Assemble in the UK and
Irish Republic to avoid any
confusion with the 1960s British
TV series.
The third instalment in the Iron
Man franchise has been a huge
hit around the world after being
released a week earlier in some
countries.
With takings of £13.7m, it
enjoyed the biggest opening
weekend in the UK this year.
Globally it has already brought in
over $500m (£321m) in ticket
sales, with industry watchers
predicting it will eventually take
more than $1bn.
Movie-ticketing website
Fandango said 88% of people
surveyed decided in part to
watch it because of The
Avengers.
The plot of Iron Man 3 follows on
from The Avengers and contains
many references to it.
Disney’s Marvel Studios, which is
behind both comic book
adaptations, looks set to build on
its success with new Thor and
Captain America movies in the
next year.
But any future Iron Man film may
have to be made without
Downey Jr.
At the London premiere last
month, he told Sky News he was
not sure if he wanted to be
involved.
“Right now the future is
uncertain,” he said. “But I think
it’s very important that we end
this first Marvel phase in a way
that is definitive and has people
asking questions.”
Another big-budget superhero
movie in the offing is the latest in
the Superman series, Man Of
Steel, which is due out next
month.

Iron Man 3 Blows Away Box Office Rivals

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