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International Top of the Chart: Iron vs. Iron

May 12th, 2010

Iron Man 2 suffered steep declines in most international markets, but it was still the only major player out there and finished on top of the chart with ease. During its sophomore stint, it added $59.09 million on 10,392 screens in 59 markets for a total of $195.62 million internationally and $323.74 million worldwide. To put this into perspective, the first Iron Man earned $264 million on the international scene, in total. It will top this figure, perhaps as early as this time next week, while its worldwide total of $582 million will fall before too long.

The film's biggest opening of the weekend came in China, where it topped the chart with an estimated $7.3 million on roughly 3000 screens. No, that wasn't a typo and I didn't mean to type 300. The film reportedly opened on 3000 screens in China. I wonder how long it will be till the Chinese film market overtakes the domestic one? The film's other major opening came in Germany, where it made $3.19 million on 633 screens over the weekend for a total of $3.60 million, only 4.5% more than the original opened with back in 2008.

The film fell more than 50% in nearly all major markets, but it still did well in many of them. In the U.K., the film added $4.81 million on 522 screens over the weekend for a total of $22.59 million after two. South Korea was right behind with $4.44 million on 895 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $22.14 million. In both of those markets it remained in first place, as it did in Australia with $4.13 million on 472 screens and $15.14 million in total. The film was pushed into second place in France, but with a still healthy figure of $4.24 million on 722 screens over the weekend giving it a total of $13.92 million. Likewise, it fell to second place in Brazil, down just 40% to $2.78 million on 575 screens over the weekend, giving it a running tally of $4.64 million.

Other major markets of note include Mexico, where it was down 62%, though that was still enough to lead the market with $2.67 million on 906 screens over the weekend for $13.35 million after two. It was also tops in Italy with $2.12 million on 570 screens over the weekend and $8.24 million in total. It remained in second place in Spain with $1.54 million on 539 screens for a total of $5.68 million.

The film has yet to open in Japan, and it won't get there till June. By the time it gets there, it will very likely have eclipsed Iron Man on the worldwide box office.

Second place went to Alice in Wonderland, but we will get to that film, and the rest of the multi-million dollar movies on the weekend.


Filed under: International Box Office, Iron Man 2