Iron Man 3: The second-highest opening weekend ever

Iron Man 3

After The Avengers earned so much money that Disney started using $20 bills as napkins, it probably shouldn’t be too surprising that Iron Man 3 followed in its footsteps with a massive opening weekend, the second-highest after (guess?) The Avengers. Box Office Mojo reports …

Kicking off the Summer movie season this weekend, Iron Man 3 lived up to sky-high expectations with an estimated $175.3 million haul. That ranks second all-time behind last year’s The Avengers ($207.4 million), and is way up on the previous Iron Man outings. The movie also continues to do phenomenal business overseas, and is on its way to earning well over $1 billion worldwide.

Iron Man 3‘s $175.3 million debut is a huge leap over Iron Man 2‘s $128.1 million. That’s a remarkable achievement given the dodgy history of three-quels—nearly all of them decline from their predecessor—and Iron Man 2‘s questionable reputation. The main reason for this is simple: audiences viewed Iron Man 3 more as follow-up to The Avengers, which is almost universally beloved, than as a sequel to Iron Man 2.

Just to put into perspective how much money Iron Man 3 made this weekend: If you added together everything that the rest of the top ten movies earned, Iron Man 3 still would have out-earned them by about $141 million. And that’s what happens when you put Robert Downey Jr. in a rocket suit: He sexes the box office so hard that everything around him crumbles.

Jeremy Feist About Jeremy Feist

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.

Super Fresh Gossip From Around The Web!

Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Lohan on her (messy) first performance of Speed-The-Plow in London ... Dlisted
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are now officially married–well, almost! Celebitchy
Jennifer Lopez and BFF Leah Remini were in a hit-and-run with a drunk driver! PopSugar
Sofia Vergara has a problem with that bitch on Modern Family ... find out who! SOW
You can look at the leaked celebrity nudes photos, because they're art now The Blemish
Paris Hilton loves to spend money and her latest outing is totally proof of that! ICYDK
Here is my new favorite picture of Kim Kardashian ... oh such composure! Celebslam
O-Town cutie Ashley Parker Angel is putting his Instagram to very good use ... OMG Blog
I will say this, that famewhore MILF definitely knows how to dress ... Hollywood Tuna
When he is not doing everything Calvin Klein, Matthew Terry likes to model Oh La La
Britney Spears is getting her beauty on and now has a new fancy bob haircut! Evil Beet