In short, IRON MAN 2 did well. Really, really, really well.
With the widest domestic opening, ever, it played on 4,380 screens and drummed up $133.6 million in the great U S of A, alone. Internationally, it’s grossed close to $194 million, bringing its worldwide total to something around $327.6 million. To put that in perspective… the first movie made only $585.1 million worldwide throughout its entire release life. These figures are coming in after it’s only been out for about a week. Needless, the “Mark 2” is proving a lot more expedient at making money than the “Mark 1.”
So how does this rack up against other blockbuster releases of the past? Let’s phrase it in the terms of a battle thread. Shellhead trounced Anakin Skywalker and that big friendly ogre, Shrek. He was defeated by Batman, Spidey and all those emo vampires, and he just barely lost to Cap’n Jack Sparrow. That is to say, IRON MAN 2’s opening was bigger than REVENGE OF THE SITH and SHREK THE THIRD, just behind DEAD MAN’S CHEST and a ways below NEW MOON, SPIDER-MAN 3 and THE DARK KNIGHT.
I’m not as adept at mathin’ as G-Man, so if you want to know precisely how all the beans were counted and what percentages they broke down to (adjusting for inflation, of course)... if you REALLY want to go through all of that, by all means check out Boxoffice Mojo and Deadline’s write-ups of these grosses.
Seeing as how as IM2 cost about $180 million to make, I’m pretty confident it’s going to prove to be a money maker for Marvel, even if you factor in the likely-absurd marketing budget. If the movie were a person, he’d be looking forward to living a Tony Stark-style lifestyle of the rich and famous.
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ALSO - - speaking of money and all that it can buy, I suppose it figures that Jon Favreau's got his heart set on ten special rings for a possible IRON MAN 3. That's because he really, really wants to have the Mandarin finally show up, after the villain's only be hinted at in these first two movies. The rub, as he's told MTV, is finding a way to reconcile the Mandarin's 10 Rings of magic with the Iron Man movie's more tech based world - - something that'll be further complicated by the introduction of THOR's Viking mythology. I don't suppose it's really THAT hard to pull off, and it's not even without precedent, either. Look at the Busiek/ Chen run on IRON MAN. They revamped Marvel's favorite Chinese sorcerer with a technological bent pretty well, didn't they?