SUNDAY UPDATE: Early overseas estimates from Paramount have Iron Man 2 grossing just over $100 million from 53 markets. And some large territories haven’t even opened yet, like Germany, Japan, and China. In local currencies, the film opened 25% ahead of the original Iron Man (despite the fact that in those two years both the British pound and Euro have dropped significantly). IM1 opened at $99 million (that opening also included Germany). The largest opening was the UK ending the weekend with $12M including previews. Second was Korea at $11M. Third was Australia at $9M. Fourth was France at $8.5M. Clearly, this 2D Marvel comic book pic distributed by Paramount is gonna make a mint in the U.S. and Canada even without lifting an armored finger. Maybe $155M domestic its first 3-day weekend, or so rival studios predict. The original IM made $98.6M. Some expect IM2 to even break The Dark Knight‘s 3-day record of $158.4M.
SATURDAY: Here’s an update on international gross for Iron Man 2 which doesn’t open in North America until May 7th. The sequel added $23 million on Friday bringing its overseas total to $33 million as the Robert Downey Jr starrer directed by Jon Favreau rolled into 32 more territories today, or 6,450 theaters across 53 markets, which is 80% of the global take. Highlights were Mexico, which delivered the 4th best opening day there of all time, or $2.1M. (more…)