‘Iron Man 3’ Has Huge Opening Weekend With $175.3M

Summer blockbuster season has officially begun.

Tony Stark made plenty of noise at the box office this weekend.

Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the title hero, grossed some $175 million in North America, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s a historical achievement, as the film is only second to The Avengers for the title of biggest opening of all time. (The 2012 picture opened with $207 million nearly one year ago).

Iron Man 3 has also done wonders overseas, grossing another $175.9 million in its second weekend of release. For those keeping track, that’s a whopping $680.1 million in total ticket sales.

Way behind in second place was last week’s box office winner Pain & Gain, with a mere $7.6 million, followed by the baseball biopic 42 with $6.2 million.

Tom Cruise’s latest picture Oblivion grossed $5.8 million this weekend, bringing its total to $76 million, while the 3D animated flick The Croods round out the top five, with $4.2 million. To date, the film, which features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage, has grossed more than $165 million.

Summer’s just getting started, movie lovers.

On deck for the month of May: The Great Gatsby (May 10), Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17), Fast & Furious 6 (May 24), The Hangover 3 (May 24) and After Earth (May 31).

What did you watch at the movies this weekend?



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