'Iron Man 3' has second best B.O. debut in history
Los Angeles: Superhero blockbuster sequel 'Iron Man 3' smashed to the top at the U.S. box office with a mega $175.3 million take - the second best opening weekend ever - industry estimates showed Sunday.
The film starring Robert Downey Jr as the title character now sits behind just 'The Avengers' - another Walt Disney comic book superhero flick - which earned $207.4 million when it opened a year ago.
"'Iron Man 3' is definitely playing like a pseudo-sequel to last summer's mightiest flick, 'The Avengers,'" said Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock.
It "may be the top movie of the summer, unless the 'Man of Steel'" -- an updated take on the ever-popular Superman story set for release in June -- "has anything to say about it.
The U.S. opening of 'Iron Man 3' demolished the franchise's previous debuts, with $98 million for the first movie and $128 million for the sequel, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
In second place for this weekend's box office was action-comedy 'Pain and Gain', starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with $7.6 million in ticket sales, Exhibitor Relations said.
Not far behind was '42', a biopic about trailblazing black baseball star Jackie Robinson, which made $6.2 million
The fourth spot, with $5.8 million, went to 'Oblivion', the post-apocalyptic action flick starring Tom Cruise, followed by 'The Croods' -- a stone-age cartoon -- in fifth, with $4.2 million.
'The Big Wedding' -- a star-studded comedy featuring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton and Robin Williams -- came in sixth place, taking in $3.9 million.
'Mud', a coming-of-age story starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, earned an estimated $2.2 million, for seventh place, the film's first week in the top ten after going into wide release a week earlier.
And in eighth, Walt Disney's 3D fantasy adventure flick 'Oz the Great and Powerful' earned $1.8 million, for a nine-week total of $228.6 million.
'Scary Movie 5', the latest installment in the slasher-comedy franchise, took the ninth spot with $1.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10 at $1.3 million was 'The Place Beyond the Pines', starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in a drama about a motorcycle stunt rider who resorts to bank robbery to provide for his lover and their newborn child.
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