Disney and Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 was already far ahead of Iron Man 2 when it premiered internationally, having currently raked in a staggering $345.4 million overseas. The sequel is now on-track to do just as well domestically.
Iron Man 3 is looking to bring in $150 million or more in its domestic debut.
The action film features Robert Downey Jr. returning as billionaire inventor Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark’s girlfriend Pepper Pots and Don Cheadle as best friend James Rhodes. The movie is directed by series newcomer Shane Black, and with a new director comes a new villain or three, as Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall join the franchise as characters threatening the billionaire Stark.
Last year’s blockbuster epic The Avengers earned $80.8 million on Friday, May 4, 2012, en route to a record-breaking $207.4 million North American opening. It would go on to become the top-grossing film of 2012.
While Iron Man 3 has a tall order in topping The Avengers, the film will end up doing better, domestically, than Iron Man 2. The second film in the series had the 11th biggest opening weekend of all-time when it premiered the first weekend of May 2010, grossing $51.2 million on opening day, and going on to land $128.1 million in its first weekend.
Overseas, Iron Man 3 has been following more in the footsteps of The Avengers than Iron Man 2, rocketing past the $300 million mark and putting the film on track to earn $600 million or more in worldwide box office totals through Sunday.