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Iron Man Tops the Weekend Box Office

Box Office: Iron Man Continues to Soar

Update: As of this afternoon, What Happens in Vegas beat out Speed Racer for the No. 2 spot at the box office, Variety reports.

It will come as no surprise to the majority of movie critics who screened Speed Racer that the highly anticipated Wachowski brothers' flick had a disappointing opening weekend.

Not only did Speed Racer fail to knock Iron Man out of the top spot (the Marvel action hero brought in another $50 million over the weekend), but it's still unclear if the film can truly claim second place as What Happens in Vegas is hot on its trail in what Variety is calling a "photo finish." Vegas only earned an estimated $200,000 less than Speed Racer and both films are currently hovering around the $20 million mark.

In addition to poor reviews, another problem Speed Racer had is that it seemed to only appeal to kids, and filmmakers were shooting for a broader audience. An executive for the film told Hollywood Reporter, "What's hurting us is that the picture is playing very young." The Hollywood Reporter article also points out that if this is the case, then they'll have a hard time when even more competition heads to the theaters next weekend in the form of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Made of Honor fell to fourth place followed by Baby Mama to round out the top five.

Photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures

rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I saw Speedracer and I love it. But Iron Man was awesome too. Iron Man was a better movie as a whole, but honestly I loved Speedracer mostly because the visuals are so out of this world, and Emile Hirsch is able to put so much emotion in Speed without being cheesy at all. I want to see Vegas too, but probably leave that for this weekend.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I saw Iron Man on Saturday (really good) and I still want to see What Happens in Vegas.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I really enjoyed Iron Man--Tony Stark is officially the superhero I want most to hang out with!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm def not surprised that Iron Man is still #1 - i just kind of hope that they sort out the $$ thing between the movies though. i don't understand how production studios can inflate revenue - but we'll see what happens. as for next weekend - yea - i think that there's a lot of competition, and then with Indiana Jones coming out the week after...there's just a lot going on in theaters... gotta love the summer block buster season!
silly3 silly3 9 years
I agree - Iron Man was GREAT! Speed Racer just doesn't interest me with what looks like illustrated special effects.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Iron Man Ruled! I love Comic movies done right!!!
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
I saw Iron Man yesterday and it ROCKED! I am torn with Speed Racer...I really can't decide if I want to see it.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I saw Iron Man. I'm really not interested in anything else that's out. Speed Racer really does come off as being a kid-targeted movie.
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