Director Jon Favreau’s highly anticipated sequel to his 2008 breakout smash Iron Man earned an estimated $133.6 million domestically in its debut weekend, Deadline.com reports. The film, running in 4,380 North American theaters, raked in $52.4 million on Friday alone, including $7.5 million from Thursday midnight shows in about 3,000 locations. The film has amassed $194 million overseas, putting its global take at around $327 million.
Unfortunately there are some people out there who are disappointed by these numbers, since modern-day Hollywood economics dictate that any new blockbuster must have a record-breaking opening weekend to be considered a hit. Iron Man 2’s weekend gross puts it behind the three-day totals of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight, but glowing reviews and positive word of mouth will likely ensure the superhero sequel’s success in the long run.
As an unrelenting fanboy, I went to a packed midnight screening of Iron Man 2 and thoroughly enjoyed it. While I wouldn’t say it’s better than the first film, it’s a whole hell of a lot of fun and met my fairly lofty expectations.
Click here to read my full review at Broken Frontier.