Iron Man 3 Makes a Smashing Debut

movies-iron-man-3-montage-posterIron Man 3 smashed its way into theaters this weekend with a giant $175 million over its first three days. That marks the second highest debut in history after last year’s The Avengers. No doubt the good vibes from that film rubbed off on the third installment in the Iron Man franchise erasing the lackluster fan reaction to the second film. (Personally, I think Iron Man 3 was a huge improvement over the # 2. It was fun an entertaining if a bit overwrought and forced. I give it a “B” grade.) It should continue to do well over the next few weeks as the summer movie season kicks into high gear…. No other new films dared challenge Man, so the rest of the top ten were mostly holdovers trying to get some attention. One indie film, Mud the Southern drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, did expand to just over 500 theaters and was able to crack the top ten though…. Take a look at the full list below and head to Box Office Mojo for all the numbers.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Iron Man 3 BV $175,300,000 – 4,253 – $41,218 $175,300,000 $200 1
2 1 Pain and Gain Par. $7,600,000 -62.5% 3,287 +10 $2,312 $33,919,000 $26 2
3 3 42 WB $6,210,000 -41.7% 3,345 -60 $1,857 $78,336,000 $40 4
4 2 Oblivion Uni. $5,797,000 -67.4% 3,430 -362 $1,690 $75,969,000 $120 3
5 5 The Croods Fox $4,225,000 -37.2% 2,915 -368 $1,449 $168,743,000 $135 7
6 4 The Big Wedding LGF $3,875,000 -49.0% 2,633 – $1,472 $14,210,000 $35 2
7 11 Mud RAtt. $2,150,000 -3.0% 576 +213 $3,733 $5,158,000 – 2
8 13 Oz The Great and Powerful BV $1,822,000 +0.6% 1,160 -450 $1,571 $228,568,000 $215 9
9 7 Scary Movie 5 W/Dim. $1,435,000 -58.2% 1,857 -876 $773 $29,603,000 $20 4
10 9 The Place Beyond the Pines Focus $1,298,000 -52.4% 1,162 -422 $1,117 $18,678,000 $15 6

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