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“Iron Man 2” blasts its way to $133 million, fifth-highest opening ever


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Iron Man 2” dominated the weekend’s box office, taking in $133.6 million according to studio estimates.

The next-highest grossing film, the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake, only made At the domestic box office, New Line/Warner Bros.’ A Nightmare on Elm $9.2 million, amounting to an estimated 72-percent drop from its opening weekend, and good enough for a distant, distant second place finish.

But it was all “Iron Man 2” at the theaters, as Jon Favreau’s sequel, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, finally bowed in the States and pushed its worldwide cume to $327.6 million since opening on April 28. ComingSoon.net reports that the first “Iron Man” earned $585.1 million worldwide, so the sequel has ground to cover (and plenty of time to do so).

The “Iron Man 2” opening was the fifth-highest domestic open of all time, behind “The Dark Knight” ($158.4 million), “Spider-Man 3” ($151 million), “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” ($142.8 million), and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($135.6 million). The lower-than-expected figure already had a few analysts asking if “Iron Man 2” left money on the table by not converting at the last minute to 3-D, where ticket prices could have been higher (but quality of presentation, no doubt, would have been much lower).

Now we look ahead to the coming weekend, where “Iron Man 2” will have to defend the top slot from Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe’s “Robin Hood” update, and Amanda Seyfried’s “Letters to Juliet.”

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