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Iron Man 3 has second best box office debut in history

Super-hero blockbuster sequel Iron Man 3 smashed to the top at the US box office with a mega US$175.3 million (S$216.3 million) take - the second best opening weekend ever
The Straits Times - May 6, 2013
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Iron Man 3 has second best box office debut in history

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Super-hero blockbuster sequel Iron Man 3 smashed to the top at the US box office with a mega US$175.3 million (S$216.3 million) take - the second best opening weekend ever - industry estimates showed on Sunday.

The film starring Robert Downey Jr as the title character now sits behind just The Avengers - another Walt Disney comic book superhero flick - which earned US$207.4 million when it opened a year ago.

"Iron Man 3 is definitely playing like a pseudo-sequel to last summer's mightiest flick, The Avengers," said Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock.

It "may be the top movie of the summer, unless the Man of Steel" - an updated take on the ever-popular Superman story set for release in June - "has anything to say about it.

The US opening of Iron Man 3 demolished the franchise's previous debuts, with US$98 million for the first movie and US$128 million for the sequel, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

In second place for this weekend's box office was action-comedy Pain and Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with US$7.6 million in ticket sales, Exhibitor Relations said.

Not far behind was 42, a biopic about trailblazing black baseball star Jackie Robinson, which made US$6.2 million The fourth spot, with $5.8 million, went to Oblivion, the post-apocalyptic action flick starring Tom Cruise, followed by The Croods - a stone-age cartoon - in fifth, with US$4.2 million.

"The Big Wedding" - a star-studded comedy featuring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton and Robin Williams - came in sixth place, taking in US$3.9 million.

Mud, a coming-of-age story starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, earned an estimated US$2.2 million, for seventh place, the film's first week in the top ten after going into wide release a week earlier.

And in eighth, Walt Disney's 3-D fantasy adventure flick Oz The Great And Powerful earned US$1.8 million, for a nine-week total of US$228.6 million.

Scary Movie 5, the latest installment in the slasher-comedy franchise, took the ninth spot with US$1.4 million.

Rounding out the top 10 at US$1.3 million was The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in a drama about a motorcycle stunt rider who resorts to bank robbery to provide for his lover and their newborn child.

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