BOX OFFICE: Iron Man 3 Earns $68.31 Million on Friday, on Track for 2nd Highest Opening Weekend

Iron Man 3 earned an impressive $68.31 million on Friday. Although this is significantly lower than the Avengers, it is much higher than the total for Iron Man 2. According to Box Office Mojo, if this continues, we will see Iron Man edge out Harry Potter for the record for second largest opening weekend.

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By Torsen - 5/4/2013
Box Office Mojo has the official numbers for Iron Man 3's Friday hall. According to it, the Marvel threequel earned $68.31 million. This puts it at number 8 for top single day grosses. Calling Iron Man's take "massive," Box Office Mojo noted that this number fell significantly behind The Avengers' $80.8 million. However, it was significantly larger than Iron Man 2's $51.2 million.

If Iron Man 3 continues to perform like this, Box Office Mojo estimates that it will have a weekend gross somewhere between $170 and $175 million. This puts it significantly below The Avengers' $207.44 million. However, a gross in this range would be high enough to edge Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 from the number 2 spot ($169.19 million).

If this end up happening, then four of the five top opening weekends would belong to comic book movies (with The Avengers, Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight taking the first, second, fourth and fifth spots, respectively).

What do you think? Is Box Office Mojo spot on? Will Iron Man 3 take the #2 spot?
Source: Box Office Mojo
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UltimateWarrior - 5/4/2013, 11:08 AM
I'll be watching this next weekend, sadly I know to much about this thanks to the douchebags on this site spoiling it. Hopefully it's a good movie though. I'll be really pisses if people spoil Man of Steel before its released.
kevberg - 5/4/2013, 11:08 AM
With teh Mandarin....ignore the fans at your own peril.

I say there will be a drop off a a brisk rate. I hope not, but if the Mandarin twist is true, then i bet there be a lot of pissed fans.
TheAbaryMan369 - 5/4/2013, 11:23 AM
This will definitely be in the top 10 highest grossing movies, possibly even top 5...

Iron Man 3 is currently #160...

I think it will end up being #5, behind Avatar, Titanic, Avengers, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

It will be the 16th movie to make $1 billion...

......... Now, how much will Thor: TDW make???
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 5/4/2013, 11:41 AM
Thor: TDW won't be a blockbuster hit. That being said, it will make more than Thor. All it really has going for it is comic fans, the fact he was in Avengers, hardcore Doctor Who fans and Game of Thrones fans. I'll be at he 12:01 showing (9pm now... The [frick] lol. That's just stupid, the point was to see it exactly at the release date). But I don't believe too many people will care. Unless Disney helps tremendously and advertises the shit out of it.
batman1216 - 5/4/2013, 11:48 AM
I predict that it will finish around TDK and TDKR. Either a little more or a little less. To me this means Ironman is now Batman's sole rival as top moneymaking character in the modern era. Ironman has surpassed Spider-man as Marvel's top guy. Ofcourse a lot of this has to do with The Avenger's success and more importantly the fantastic work of RDJ, but still very commendable considering that 7 years ago Ironman was a B borderline C character. I hope MOS can rival this. It has an uphill battle to match this money, but I am still confident it will be the better movie eventhough I loved Ironman 3. I still prefer a more serious tone.
EdgyOutsider - 5/4/2013, 11:48 AM
@TGFIBOCBM: I think Thor: The Dark World, as you said, will make more and between future advertising and the trailer being attached to Iron Man 3, it's guaranteed to be a hit. Maybe not Iron Man 3 big but, definitely a blockbuster.

Despite that I know pretty much everything that goes on in the movie, I'm still gonna be seeing it in the theater. Dad comes home next weekend, more likely will see it with him. Got no cash or ride to see it anyways. Can't wait.
batman1216 - 5/4/2013, 11:50 AM
Thor and Captain America will make more money due to the Avengers, but they are just not as popular as Ironman. Captain America is actually my favorite of the 3 overall, but on the big screen RDJ's charisma and star power is just too much to compete with.
marcvader1 - 5/4/2013, 11:56 AM
Say significantly less than Avengers one more time. I dare you.
marvel72 - 5/4/2013, 1:50 PM
well deserved,its a bank holiday here in the uk so i expect this to take even more money.

as for thor the dark world not sure of the budget but if its anywhere near the original($150,000,000) & grosses the same($449,326,618)expect to see thor 3.

the more money the better for thor fans.
marvel72 - 5/4/2013, 1:55 PM
@ marvelpsycho79

did you get the thor teaser in front of iron man 3? we got crap really in the uk.

-21 & over
-the hangover part 3
-the big wedding
WhiteBolt - 5/4/2013, 4:54 PM
"it will drop off."

Yea, like 50% like all movies do on their second weekend. How dumb are you?
Giznad - 5/4/2013, 7:19 PM
Did anyone else catch Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat for a sec in that movie? LOL, fuggin' word.

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