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Weekend Box Office Results 2008-05-05 08:30:41

Box Office: Audiences Make Iron Man the Year's First Blockbuster

It wasn't just comic book fans that lined up this weekend for Iron Man, it was everybody! And I mean, everybody. The film raked in an extremely impressive $104.2 million its opening weekend, which is a staggering amount for any studio, much less for the first title fully produced and paid for by Marvel Studios.

I recently watched some footage of director Jon Favreau at a 2007 Comic-Con panel where he said, "If you make a good movie, the box office will be there." And boy, was he right. He also said that he cast the movie the way he might approach casting the (mostly independent) films he normally works on. Again, his instincts are proven right as the stellar reviews (including my own) praising the performances no doubt aided such a successful opening.

Variety reports Iron Man is the 10th best opening ever and "the second-best debut for a non-sequel after Spider-Man," which opened to $114.8 million on the same weekend in 2002.

Meanwhile, it was the romantic and the comedic films that rounded out the rest of the top five. Patrick Dempsey's so-so romcom Made of Honor was No. 2 and pulled in a respectable $15.5 million. It was followed by Baby Mama in the third spot, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall came in at No. 4. Finally, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay earned $6 million in the No. 5 spot.

Who saw Iron Man? Did you catch the teaser trailer after the credits?

Photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures

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begreen12 begreen12 8 years
I grudgingly went to see this with my brother just to appease him and was pleasantly surprised...the movie was great! Left with quite a crush on robert downey jr. lol
idawson idawson 8 years
*loved not loves it. it was a pleasant surprise and very funny in parts.
idawson idawson 8 years
i loves it. it was awesome!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
ilanac13 - $15 million is respectable in that it wasn't a complete blow out given the crowds Iron Man was pulling in but compared to other comedies opening over the past couple of weeks it's still on the low end. Baby Mama for example brought in $17 million its opening weekend.
nina_e nina_e 8 years
this movie rocked my world, it was awesome. I didnt' even know anything about Iron Man...but my husband was bent on seeing it. It was totally worth the $20
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i totally did not want to see iron man, but my boyfriend did - so i sucked it up and went and it was REALLY GOOD. i can understand why it did so well. it's really interesting to see that #2 was 'respectable' at 15.5 million. any other weekend and that would have been great huh?
jocelyn0103 jocelyn0103 8 years
We went to see it last night! OMG! This is a FAR OUT movie!!!! Really great, well made!!! I love Robert Downey Jr! I have a crush on him eversince I was a teenager! Love his body healthy not muscular!!! 4 THUMBS UP! INCLUDING MY TOES!
lilegwene lilegwene 8 years
It was very good! Definitely recommend it ! Griffin, I agree with kwik. Probably not suitable for such a young'n! :P
kwikwit kwikwit 8 years
Griffin, I would say that it isn't acceptable for a 5 year-old. There's a lot of sexual innuendo and there's one scene where a young boy is forced to wach his father's almost-murder that I think would be too much for such a young kid.
kwikwit kwikwit 8 years
I'm usually not one for superhero movies but I saw Iron Man on Friday and it was GREAT. I'm even thinking about going a 2nd time!!
Griffin73 Griffin73 8 years
Is it alright for a 5 year boy who loved Transformers?
mrscbreezy mrscbreezy 8 years
i saw that movie friday. i lovedd it, its hella good.! &+ i love terrance howard.!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I saw it on Friday night and I LOVED it. Badass car too. :)
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
i went to see 'Iron Man' last night and it was a very entertaining movie! I really liked Robert Downey Jr as a super hero... all the characters were played really well and were very well developed. I can totally see how this is a blockbuster!
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