Iron Man seemed to have been made of gold this weekend as the third installment of the Marvel franchise debuted with an estimated near-record of $175.3 million. That figure fell short of the record $207.4-million debut of last year's The Avengers, but it easily took over second place on the all-time box office charts, sending the current occupant of that position, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which earned $169.2 million when it debuted in 2011, down a notch. Iron Man 3 earned a nearly identical $176 million in its second weekend overseas, bringing its worldwide total to about $680 million. The movie swamped everything else at the box office. Last weekend's top film, Pain & Gain, wound up with only about $7.6 million, while the Jackie Robinson bio 42 came in third with around $6.2 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Iron Man 3, $175.3 million; 2. Pain & Gain, $7.6 million; 3. 42, $6.2 million; 4. Oblivion, $5.8 million; 5. The Croods, $4.2 million; 6. The Big Wedding, $3.9 million; 7. Mud, $2.2 million; 8. Oz The Great and Powerful, $1.8 million; 9. Scary Movie 5, $1.4 million; 10. The Place Beyond the Pines, $1.3 million.