IRON MAN has muscled its way to the top of the global box office, taking in an impressive $96.8 million (GBP48.4 million) in its opening weekend (02-04May08).
The action film, adapted from the Marvel comic book series, has already raked in $100.8 million (GBP50.4 million) in the U.S. in its first three days on release to become the first $100 million (GBP50 million) opener of the year (08).
The massive international haul leaves Jackie Chan and Jet Li's martial arts movie Forbidden Kingdom far behind at number two with $8 million (GBP4 million), and romantic comedy Made of Honor comes in at three with $6.5 million (GBP3.25 million).
Fool's Gold is in fourth place with $4.7 million (GBP2.35 million) and comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall made $4 million (GBP2 million) to round out the world's top five most popular movies outside the U.S.