IRON MAN has crushed the competition at the U.S. box office by becoming the first $100 million (GBP50 million) opener of the year (08).
The action film, adapted from the Marvel comic book series, took in $100.8 million (GBP50.4 million) in its first three days on release.
The film made an extra $96 million (GBP48 million) internationally to score the 10th best opening of all time.
Romantic comedy Made of Honor was a very distant second with $15.5 million (GBP7.75 million).
Last week's box office number one, Baby Mama, fell to three, while comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay dropped to four and five respectively on the new chart.