"Iron Man 2" opens big at international box office

Sun May 2, 2010 3:32pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A week before the summer movie season officially launches in North America, superhero film "Iron Man 2" got off to a flying start overseas with an international debut of $100.2 million, according to box office estimates issued Sunday.

"Iron Man 2" will open Friday in the United States and Canada, a market that this past weekend saw horror film remake "A Nightmare on Elm Street" take No. 1 with $32.2 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, president of tracking firm Hollywood.com Box Office, said he expects "Iron Man 2" to make more than $120 million when it opens in the United States and Canada.

"There's just tremendous interest," he said. "It's the kickoff of the summer movie season. People loved the first film so they're going to line up for the second one -- it should be one of the biggest opening weekends of all time."

"Iron Man 2" opened in 53 international territories this past weekend and made $100.2 million at 6,764 theaters, according to studio estimates.

The film was particularly strong in the United Kingdom, where it made $12.2 million, and South Korea, where it debuted to $10.8 million.

The movie is based on a Marvel Entertainment comic book. It stars Robert Downey Jr. as a billionaire with a suit of armor that he dons to jet through the air and blast away enemies.

The Walt Disney Co last year paid $4 billion to buy Marvel, which in recent years has used its studio division to spearhead film versions of its comic books. "Iron Man 2" is the first Marvel film since that deal closed.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan arrive at the premiere of the movie "Iron Man 2" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>