“Iron Man 2” Tops Weekend Box Office, Fails to Break Record

Iron-Man_2-poster“Iron Man 2,” Robert Downey Jr.’s second turn as Tony Stark did the predictable, but failed to meet some projections. “Iron Man 2” grossed $133.6 million in its first weekend, easily topping the weekend box office and beating the original’s opening weekend earnings of $98.6 million. However, its first week earnings was nowhere near the top of the best-opening-gross list, which is currently led by “The Dark Knight’s” $151.1 million set in 2008.

In fact, “Iron Man 2” is “only” fifth in that list, trailing 2006’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($135.6 m), last year’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” ($142.8 m), and “Spider-Man 3’s” $151.1-million debut. However, Paramount Pictures was happy with “Iron Man 2’s” performance, with vice-president for distribution Don Harris saying that “we’re thrilled with the combination of the way it’s playing across the board,” adding that the movie is attracting not only the fans of the comic book, but also the whole family.

A far second at this week’s box-office race was the horror flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” raked in an additional $9.1 million in its second week. “How to Train Your Dragon” continues to attract audiences, as it took third place with $6.7 million. Rounding out that top five were “Date Night” and “The Back-Up Plan.”