The overseas box office was taken over by Marvel’s release of the high-flying Iron Man 3. The sequel debuted in 42 international markets over the weekend and walked away with a huge box office payoff that overshadowed the Top 10 movies in the U.S. and Canada combined, on what was called a very mediocre pre-summer weekend at the movies.
Marvel Studios announced that Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr. earned more than $195.3 million in its debut this past weekend. The movie will launch in the U.S. and Canada this weekend. It earned more than last year’s Marvel Studios release of The Avengers, which debuted the same weekend a year ago with $185.1 million across 39 markets in the U.S.
Domestically the top earner for the weekend was Pain & Gain, an action movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Antony Mackie and the Rock, Dwayne Johnson. The movie debuted with $20 million in box office receipts. With its debut at No. 1, the movie pushed last week’s No.1 movie Oblivion, which stars Tom Cruise, to No. 2. The sci-fi adventure flick earned $17.4 million and upped its domestic take to more than $64.65 million.
The baseball movie 42 about former Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson came in third over the weekend earning $17.4 million. In fourth place was The Big Wedding, which was expected to do very well with its all-star line up of stars, but fell flat, earning only $10.7 million.
Rounding out the top five for the weekend was the animated movie The Croods, which dropped to fifth place from last week’s fourth by was able to earn another $6.6 million over the weekend.