Los Angeles--Tony Stark piloted to the top of the box office but not the record books.
Iron Man 2, the sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. as Marvel's gadget-happy billionaire superhero, earned $133.6 million domestically on its opening weekend, according to distributor Paramount Pictures' estimates yesterday.
The opening rocketed past the original $98.6 million debut in 2008 and landed the record as the fifth-biggest opening weekend.
Iron Man 2 has taken in $194 million overseas since it debuted in many international markets last week, bringing its worldwide total to over $327 million.
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While Hollywood blockbusters typically open around the same date in most countries, some get an overseas jump of a week or more on their U.S. debuts. The biggest opening came from China with $7.3 million.
Despite the triumph over its predecessor, Iron Man 2 didn't best the $158.4 million bow of The Dark Knight in 2008 or the $151.1 million debut of Spider-Man 3 in 2007. It also didn't surpass last year's $142.8 million dawn of The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Iron Man 2 was untouchable at this weekend's box office. The previous weekend's No. 1 movie, A Nightmare On Elm Street, fell to No. 2 with $9.1 million, clawing to a total of $48.5 million.
DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon remained at No. 3 with $6.7 million, bringing its seven-week total to $201 million.
Babies, the Focus Features documentary that tracks four tots during the first year of their lives, was the only other new release, debuting in 534 theatres at the No. 10 spot with $1.5 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through yesterday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Hollywood.com.
1. Iron Man 2, $133.6 million.
2. A Nightmare On Elm Street, $9.1 million.
3. How To Train Your Dragon, $6.7 million.
4. Date Night, $5.3 million.
5. The Back-up Plan, $4.3 million.
6. Furry Vengeance, $4 million.
7. Clash Of The Titans, $2.3 million.
8. Death At A Funeral, $2.1 million.
9. The Losers, $1.8 million.
10. Babies, $1.5 million.