These numbers surpass the $169 million taken in by 2011’s “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows Pt. 2” to give Marvel seven of the top twenty five opening weekends in box office history, a run of dominance that’s only expected to continue through 2015’s “The Avengers 2.” The worldwide box office also continues to buoy “Iron Man 3,” with the numbers reaching $680 million global take through the end of Sunday. That it should surpass the last two “Iron Man” films isn’t a surprise, given this is the first time this series has ventured into 3D territory. That it should take ten days to surpass the $623 million take of “Iron Man 2” is a little more surprising. Surely in “Iron Man 3” we have the year’s first billion dollar grossing film, the second in two years for Marvel and Disney.
Curiously, Marvel has no plans for a fourth “Iron Man” film, with some saying this is it for the series. A nice note to go on, but does Marvel really want to slow this money train down? If anything, this film solidifies Robert Downey Jr.’s position as one of the most bankable actors in the industry (if not the most bankable), and that sort of reputation deserves corresponding compensation. Downey took home $50 million plus for being in the ensemble of “The Avengers” and likely got a tidy raise for “Iron Man 3”; the question isn’t necessarily if Marvel can still afford him, but rather if anyone can. Downey’s likely to return for “The Avengers 2” but beyond that, he’s beginning to enter his fifties, and he likely craves a bit of variety, as “Avengers 2” will be the sixth time Downey portrayed Tony Stark in a seven-year period (including the brief cameo in “The Incredible Hulk”). It’s not too late for a “War Machine” movie, Marvel.
“42” didn’t seem like a likely $100 million performer, but given its staying power it could very well cross into nine digits. The current $78 million tally suggests it will have to stick around through the blockbuster crush, but it’s certainly possible. The target right now is “A League Of Their Own,” which banked $107 million in 1992 and is still the highest-grossing baseball film of all time. “42” has a lot of ground to make up to reach those numbers. They also said a colored player could never play with whites. Bottom line: never doubt Jackie Robinson. #HISTORYLESSON
This is week seven for "The Croods" and this has really become a sizable hit for Fox and Dreamworks, if not exactly crossing $200 million domestic. The picture's doing this with very little steam left, and it should land a little south of $180 million, with apparently $500 million plus in worldwide ticket sales. It managed to stay ahead of "The Big Wedding," which fell apart in weekend two and is headed right for your local Redbox or supermarket, where it will be purchased and rented by complete, perverse masochists.
1. Marvel's Got An ATM Machine (Disney) - $173 million
2. Pumping Up With Marky Mark And The Rock (Paramount) - $7.6 million ($34 mil.)
3. 42 (Warner Bros.) - $6.2 million ($78 mil.)
4. Tom Cruise Eternal (Universal) - $5.7 million ($76 mil.)
5. The Croods (Fox) - $4.2 million ($169 mil.)
6. The Big Wedding (Lionsgate) - $3.9 million ($14 mil.)
7. Mud (Roadside Attractions)- $2.1 million ($5.1 mil.)
8. Oz: The Money's Onscreen (Disney) - $2.3 million ($229 mil.)
9. Scary Movie 5 (The Weinstein Company) - $1.5 million ($30 mil.)
10. The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus) - $1.2 million ($18.6 mil.)