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

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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?