Opened in Only Six Overseas Markets, “Iron Man 2″ Had Accomplished No. 1 Position
Iron Man is strong at the first time, and even stronger the second time around.
The sequel of Marvel Studios’ superhero, “Iron Man 2″ was launched internationally Wednesday, and earned No. 1 openings in six markets for a total box-office gross of $2.2 million from 960 venues.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., the movie took home an auspicious per-screen tally of $2,292, which considered an encouraging average for the territories involved. France led the way for distributor Paramount, contributing $1.6 million on a day marked by the balmiest temperatures of the year locally. It also had successful score points in Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and French-speaking Switzerland, with additional territories to bow the picture over the weekend.
Beginning Thursday, Paramount debuts “Iron Man 2″ in 55 overseas markets, including such heavyweight territories as the United Kingdom, Australia, Korea, Russia, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Hong Kong. The studio didn’t break down first-day territorial grosses but said the opening in France was 11 percent ahead of the comparable opening figure of 2008′s “Iron Man,” which premiered “on the eve of a public holiday.” The original “Iron Man” grossed of $265 million internationally and $318.3 million domestically.
Paramount rushed “Iron Man 2″ into the foreign market a week before the film’s May 7 domestic bow to provide the movie longer theatrical play before the monthlong World Cup begins in South Africa on June 11. Smart move, considering “Iron Man 2″ could be battling the most popular sport in the world. Downey still portraying Tony Stark in the sequel, along with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. Several new characters and faces are introduced, they are; Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.