'Iron Man 3' soars at global box office
April 29th, 2013
10:09 AM ET

'Iron Man 3' soars at global box office

"Iron Man 3" won't open in the U.S. until Friday, but it's already a hit overseas.

The third film in the "Iron Man" series raked in $195.3 million after opening in 79 percent of foreign markets over the weekend.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, that sizable opening was history-making for Disney and Marvel Studios, which put together the film on $200 million.

"Iron Man 3's" dominance also surpassed that of 2012's "The Avengers," as Joss Whedon's ensemble project earned $185.1 million internationally when it opened last year. As a result, some are curious if the new "Iron Man" movie could eventually surpass "The Avengers" $1.5 billion global haul.

Yet according to star Gwyneth Paltrow, who returns to the movie along with Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine), this could be the three-quel's last opportunity to rake in the cash.

"They’ve sort of said this is the end for Iron Man," Paltrow told CNN earlier this month. "So yeah, I think it probably is.”

Cheadle's less certain, however, as he pointed out that big box office could always change the best-laid plans.

"Until this movie comes out and performs or doesn’t perform, I think it’s going to be a lot of seeing how people react and also what’s left to do," Cheadle told CNN. "Is there anything left to mine in the relationships between these characters? Is there some place to go that isn’t going to get covered in one of these other Marvel movies? If so, then he could return.”

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. if we need "ironman" too get rid of control..then let's go for it.


    June 10, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. message too downey

    as long as she is here.....downey fun keeps moving along...

    April 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kimbecky

    Also am Ende von Iron Man 3 steht der Satz: " Tony Stark will return"

    Noch Fragen?

    April 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TomGI

    And in the blogasphere 8 or 9 months ago the "mods" asked the $64K dollar question, "Will Pepper put on the suit?" Speculative comments poured in by the thousands. Now we find out, apparently she does!

    April 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gross

      And now they can't get the smell of fish out of it, even after steam cleaning and a hot, soapy wash.

      April 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TLove

    he is such a talent in the industry

    April 30, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mandy

    i am so happy downey finally met the right woman and is happy and she helped him REBOOT his career.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. TLove

    look as this vision–can u believe he's almost 50. wow he's hot.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hi

    reboot is what got it. have fun everyone...

    April 30, 2013 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sokman

    Aw. Hey moderator, where did palinstalkers posts go? You know we never get tired of the closet moose-lovers psychotic ramblings.

    April 30, 2013 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. nicklatene

    End of Iron Man? That is what they said about Spiderman...Just REBOOT!

    April 30, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You got it. Another 4 or 5 years they probably will reboot. The franchise is too popular not to.

      April 30, 2013 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedy Orange

      that was never figured out...thanks for that.

      April 30, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. mertro

    Hmm, when there is no real story tying all these movies together, the sequels tend to be flops.

    April 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Iron-Poop

    THis looks so stupid.

    Explosions and non-sence.

    SMH that this filth is condered 'intertainment;

    April 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Jingle Master

    New Iron Man theme lyrics (sung to the tune of the old Spiderman cartoon theme)

    Iron Man, Iron Man,
    Does whatever an iron can
    Presses shirts, any size
    Unwrinkles pants, even ties
    Look out!
    Here comes the Iron Man

    April 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. peace

    Ironman ok but THOR is best comicwise.

    April 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. drowlord

    Can't wait to see it, myself. I mean... kinda hate the cliche'd Iron Man vs Iron Man plot from the first two movies (Seriously, Marvel... iron man vs iron man, iron man vs iron man 2, hulk vs hulk, hulk vs hulk 2, norse god vs norse god, super soldier vs super solider - can't you ever come up with a differnet superhero plot?!), but I still loved the characters.

    April 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. wil4pres

    remember when films released in the US first!!

    April 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. TM

    would not know how to do it if tried....

    April 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Watching Daddy Paint

    shove it

    April 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  19. MT

    downey is almost 50 and he's is still HOT

    April 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  20. fitbackinsuits

    i love this show

    April 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jesse

    One of the if not the WORST comic movies ever! This movie stinks something awful. Watched over the weekend and have no clue what these people are thinking making this movie. It had nothing to do with Ironman, I won'tt spoil it, but I throw this out there, Pepper Potts becomes a superhero, yes I said it, totally ridiculous. And as stated this will be the end of Ironman. This movie should be blasted by critics and fanboys alike it's horrible and has nothing to do with Ironman comics.

    April 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • FallenMarvel

      You should read Iron Man during the Dark Reign story arc. From what I've seen in the trailers the movie borrows a few elements (even Pepper in armor) from that story.

      April 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tachman

      Seriously dude, chill out is just a movie and was quite fun to watch.
      Who cares if it's in line with the comics? Those change characters and scenarios all the time and you could consider that this goes in line with the movies themselves not just the comics on which they are inspired.
      People like you whining about these things just make people groan and turn away.
      Remeber, it's just a movie and as long as you had a good time watching it, it has fulfilled it's purpose.

      April 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buck Rogers

      Iron Man is a device created by the Illuminati to keep the common nerd in line to buy comics and movie tickets. Give in to fate and praise Batman, son.

      April 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • HarblHotel

      No really? What are you talking about? That is EXACTLY what happens in the comics...

      April 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Pilgrim

      Actually just doing a quick Wikipedia lookup on Pepper Potts tells me that a large part of her history involves her getting 'powered up' and 'armored up'. Looks like you needed to do some research.

      April 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roland Weary

      I would love to 'power up' Pepper Potts / Gwyneth Paltrow...

      April 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • thanos

      Jesse is right. This movie was terrible. Everyone gets to wear the armor including the president. The Mandarin character is turned into a joke. The movie borrows a little from a dozen different plots and tries to meld them together but it doesn't work. The are a couple good CGI moments but aside from that the movie stunk.

      April 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. RooRooo

    Civil war please.....

    April 29, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  23. MikeyD74

    Secret Wars.

    Get it done hollywood

    April 29, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jackanape

    I love the Iron Man movies. They are my favorite superhero comedies. I'm going to Iron Man 3 this weekend where I will eat buttered pop corn and two boxes of Milk Duds - I won't be able to poop for at least a week.

    Iron Man isn't gay like the Hulk.

    April 29, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |

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