"Iron Man 2" sees solid Friday debut of $52.4

Sat May 8, 2010 3:34pm EDT
 
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By Carl DiOrio

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Marvel Studio's "Iron Man 2" soared to the top of domestic box office charts with an estimated $52.4 million in ticket sales from its first day in release on Friday.

That kick-started Hollywood's summer box office season in auspicious style in the United States and Canada, but quickly muted any further talk of a possible record-breaking weekend for the Robert Downey Jr. star vehicle.

July 2008's debut of "The Dark Knight" from Warner Bros. holds the opening-weekend record of $158.1 million, while Paramount-distributed "Iron Man 2" looks likely to land in the $125 million-$135 million range through Sunday.

The Friday tally for "Iron Man 2" -- featuring a $4.1 million contribution from 181 Imax venues -- included $7.5 million in midnight Thursday receipts.

The film unspooled earlier in international markets and has totaled $200 million in cumulative worldwide ticket sales. The sequel to May 2008's "Iron Man" cost at least $170 million to produce, with Marvel laying out roughly $75 million in additional marketing expenses.

Reviews have been mostly positive, if less than rapturous, potentially helping to sustain weekend momentum for "Iron Man 2" through the Mother's Day holiday in the United States on Sunday.

Elsewhere on Friday, Warner Bros.' remake of horror movie "A Nightmare on Elm Street" ranked second with $3.3 million and cumulative total of $42.7 million at the start of its second weak.

Fox's action comedy "Date Night" grabbed the bronze medal position among daily grosses, with another $1.6 million shaping a $77.2 million cumulative total on the cusp of its fifth weekend in release.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

 
<p>A scene from "Iron Man 2". REUTERS/Paramount Pictures</p>