Kicking off the Summer movie season this weekend, Iron Man 3 lived up to sky-high expectations with $174.1 million haul. That ranks second all-time behind last year’s The Avengers ($207.4 million), and is way up on the previous Iron Man outings. The movie also continues to do phenomenal business overseas, and is on its way to earning well over $1 billion worldwide.
Iron Man 3‘s $174.1 million debut is a huge leap over Iron Man 2‘s $128.1 million. That’s a remarkable achievement given the dodgy history of three-quels—nearly all of them decline from their predecessor—and Iron Man 2‘s questionable reputation. The main reason for this is simple: audiences viewed Iron Man 3 more as follow-up to The Avengers, which is almost universally beloved, than as a sequel to Iron Man 2. (Read the entire article here)
(Source: Box Office Mojo)