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Thursday 18 December 2014

Iron Man 2 tops US box office

Robert Downey Jr plays the role of a gadget-happy billionaire superhero
Robert Downey Jr plays the role of a gadget-happy billionaire superhero

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, went to the top of the US box office but did not earn a place in the record books.

Iron Man 2, the sequel starring Robert Downey Jr as the gadget-happy billionaire superhero, earned 133.6 million US dollars (£89.68 million) domestically on its opening weekend, according to distributor Paramount Pictures' estimates.

The opening rocketed past the original 98.6 million US dollar (£66.18 million) debut in 2008 and landed the record as the fifth-biggest opening weekend.

"We're thrilled with the combination of the way it's playing across the board," said Don Harris, Paramount's vice president of distribution.

"It's playing as a fanboy movie, but it's also playing as family movie, too. I even know a bunch of people who are planning to take their mothers to see Iron Man 2 on Mother's Day, which really made me chuckle."

Iron Man 2 has taken in 194 million US dollars (£130.23 million) outside the US since it debuted in many international markets last week, bringing its worldwide total to over 327 million US dollars (£219.52 million).

While Hollywood blockbusters typically open around the same date in most countries, some get an overseas jump of a week or more on their US debuts. The biggest opening came from China with 7.3 million US dollars (£4.90 million).

The victory of Iron Man 2, which is only available in 2-D, comes at time when 3-D films like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland recently dominated the box office.

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