‘Iron Man 3′ Breaks Records: $175.3M Sets 2nd Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend; Worldwide Totals Franchise Best $680.1M

By | Sunday May 5, 2013 @ 8:15am PDT

SUNDAY AM, 9TH UPDATE Walt Disney Company Chairman/CEO Bob Iger has his Wall Street earnings call on Tuesday and more good news to report with the stock already at an all-time high. Disney/Marvel’s 3D Iron Man 3 kicked off the North American summer movie season in 4,253 theaters with $68.3M Friday and a very good hold for $62.2M Saturday. With an estimated $44.7M Sunday, that $175.3M domestic weekend puts it on a path to the #2 biggest Friday-Saturday-Sunday opening ever (previously occupied by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 with $169.2M). But it’s behind Marvel’s #1 The Avengers and its $207.4M. Audiences gave Iron Man 3 a coveted ’A’ CinemaScore so word of mouth should stay strong. Exit polling showed that audiences mostly saw the film in 2D (55%) vs 3D (45%, including 9% IMAX), were overwhelmingly male (61%) and couples (52% vs  families 27% and teens 21%). The age breakdown was 2-11 (9%), 12-17 (13%), 18-25 (23%) 26-34 (26%), 35-49 (20%), 50+ (9%).

Pic’s international cume to date is $504.8M through Sunday for an updated global box office of $680.1M. Iron Man 3 has now passed the franchise total worldwide for Iron Man ($585M) and Iron Man 2 ($624M). Internationally, the 12-day run of the Robert Downey Jr-starring/Shane Black-directed actioner has passed the total international box office of Captain America ($192M), Iron Man ($267M), Thor ($268M) and Iron Man 2 ($312M). Overseas it played in 54 territories by the end of the weekend after beginning its international rollout on April 24, debuting #1 in every territory and setting the biggest opening weekend of all time in Latin America and Asia Pacific and the biggest opening of 2013 in Europe. This weekend’s box office take from Iron Man 3 means that Disney has now crossed the $1B box office threshold internationally and represents the fastest time that Disney has ever achieved this. Here are the new Iron Man 3 cumulative results after the weekend: China $63.5M, Korea $42.6M, United Kingdom $38.3M, Mexico $35.8M, Brazil $30.1M, Australia $28.4M, France $27.8M,  Russia $21.7M, Italy $17.4M, Japan $16.4M, Taiwan $15.1M,   Philippines $12.3M, Indonesia $10.6M, Hong Kong $10.5M, Malaysia $10.5M, Germany $10.5M, other markets $113.8M. Read More »

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Robert Downey Jr “Renegotiating” Next ‘Iron Man’ Contract, He Tells Jon Stewart: Video

Two days before Iron Man 3 hits North American screens, looks like the Armored Avenger is negotiating in public over future movies in the Marvel/Disney franchise. Robert Downey Jr told The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if he would be doing another … Read More »

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Robert Downey Jr Rings NYSE Opening Bell To Celebrate ‘Iron Man 3′: Video

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 3:51pm PDT

Tony Stark himself (aka Robert Downey Jr) rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning in celebration of Iron Man 3‘s May 3rd release. Several Marvel execs, as well as NYSE’s Scott Cutler also were on board. Whatever happens with the movie, Disney’s a … Read More »

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MPAA Says ‘Iron Man 3′ Brought $179.8M To North Carolina

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 7:38am PDT

WASHINGTON — A new analysis released today on the economic impact of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 filming in North Carolina finds that the film is responsible for $179.8 million in spending and 2,043 jobs in the state. The analysis was conducted by MNP LLP and assesses the economic impact of the production filming in North Carolina between December 2011 and December 2012. The analysis also finds that the production is responsible for $104.1 million in labor income across North Carolina, and that spending associated with the film engaged 719 vendors in 84 communities across the state.

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‘Iron Man 3′ Breaking Records Overseas: $195.3M

By | Sunday April 28, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT

SUNDAY 2ND UPDATE: Iron Man 3 internationally is opening bigger than even The Avengers with $195.3M from its first 5 days in theaters in 42 territories representing 79% of the marketplace abroad. Iron Man 3It’s the #1 … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Iron Man 3′ China Release Shifted

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 9:20am PDT

UPDATE: 9:20 AM: Just two days after Disney announced that Iron Man 3 would open in China on the same day as its North American release May 3, the date has changed. The sequel … Read More »

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UPDATE: Regal And AMC End Disney Renegotiation Dispute: Advance Ticket Sales Begin For ‘Iron Man 3′

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 2:42pm PDT

2ND UPDATE 2:30 PM: The largest domestic movie theater chain Regal Entertainment says this post is going up on its Facebook page: “Regal has Iron Man 3! After some extensive talks with Disney, we’re glad to say that Tony Stark will definitely be in our theatres for Iron Read More »

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Film & TV Biz Worth $15.5B To China In 2011; Local Pics Currently Dominate Boom Market

The Motion Picture Association and the China Film Distributors and Exhibitors Association have released a study that says the film and TV business contributed $15.5B to China’s economy in 2011. Commenting on the report, Mike Ellis, president and managing director of the MPA for Asia Pacific, said, “Chinese audiences are seeking out and enjoying a variety of films, whether they are made locally, internationally or co-produced through collaborative international partnerships.” While box office is predicted to keep building regardless of where films come from, figures released recently by China’s film watchdog confirm what could be a disturbing trend for Hollywood: Local movies are taking a big bite out of ticket sales. The State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said last week that homegrown films accounted for 69% of mainland box office revenues in the first quarter of 2013. The shift began with the late 2012 release of comedy Lost In Thailand, which broke about every record possible, went on to become the highest-grossing Chinese title of all time and gave a kickstart to 2013. But despite that movie’s eleventh-hour arrival, local pics still finished 2012 at a four-year low with a market share of only 48%. In the first three months of this year, however, Chinese films made 3.6B yuan ($582M) and six films broke the coveted 100M yuan ($16.2M) barrier. The top film was Stephen Chow’s Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons, which earned 1.25B yuan ($202.2M).

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Last year, four foreign films were responsible for 56% of total sales in the first quarter. But this year, the only Hollywood pictures to punch above 300M yuan ($48.5M) were Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Xinhua news agency reported. They were followed by A Good Day To Die Hard, Cloud Atlas and Resident Evil: Retribution.

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Hot TV Spot: ‘Iron Man 3′ In China

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 2:49pm PDT

You don’t have to know the language to figure out Disney, Marvel and China-based producer-distributor DMG Entertainment have pulled out all the stops to promote Iron Man 3 in China ahead of its … Read More »

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Want ‘Iron Man 3′ Spoilers? Go To The Grocery Store

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 1:15pm PDT

Iron Man 3 doesn’t come out until May 3, but you can find out plenty about the movie today by visiting your local Albertsons. Of course, you might find it a little below your reading level. A novelization for children that … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Iron Man 3′ Tickets Not On Sale Yet By Some Theater Chains Because Of Dispute With Disney: Movie Due May 3rd

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 4:36pm PDT

4:30 PM UPDATE: My sources say Carmike and Disney have come to terms.

7:30 AM UPDATE: My sources say Regal, Carmike, and as I previously reported AMC are among those big movie chains holding out.

BREAKING… 6 AM EXCLUSIVE: CinemaCon underway now in Las Vegas gives the impression that the Hollywood Iron Man 3 Ticket Sales Problemstudios are buddy-buddy with the movie exhibitors. But there’s a frenemies drama unfolding there. I’ve learned that a number of movie theater circuits are refusing to put tickets on sale for Iron Man 3 even though its one of this summer’s most anticipated hits when it opens May 3rd. That’s because Disney decided to leverage the film in order to renegotiate the studio’s future terms with the chains beginning with this humongous Marvel blockbuster. I’m told that AMC, one of America’s largest exhibitors, is among those holding out even though the Robert Downey Jr movie opens wide in North America in just 17 days. Some chains were selling advance tickets — and then stopped. Distributors tell me Disney hasn’t negotiated its terms with the movie chains in several years — not even for Summer 2012′s huge tentpole The Avengers — so the studio thinks it’s due for a new overall deal on future Disney titles. Those include not just Marvel sequels but also Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars series as well as Pixar toons. That’s why the studio right now in Las Vegas is bargaining with the exhibition community, some of whose chains are pushing back. The result is an impasse with a number of circuits refusing to put IM3 tickets on sale until there is an accord. Read More »

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‘Iron Man 3′ And ‘Man Of Steel’ Teasers From MTV Movie Awards

By | Sunday April 14, 2013 @ 10:58pm PDT

The fanboy crowd got a Marvel vs. DC blockbuster showdown at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards. Which superhero tease got the most mileage? Here’s the Iron Man 3 extended action clip. Disney releases the pic May 3:

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‘Iron Man 3′ UK Premiere Moved For Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral

iron man 3 premiere moved for margaret thatcher funeralIron Man 3 has made way for The Iron Lady. Disney’s gala London premiere of the Robert Downey Jr. film was originally scheduled for next Wednesday, … Read More »

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‘Iron Man 3′ Tracking For Huge $125+M To Open Summer 2013 Movie Season

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 9:51am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The movie starts rolling out in major markets internationally first two weeks ahead of its domestic release on May 3rd. Iron Man 3 just came on tracking this morning and is looking huge: $125+ million Read More »

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‘Iron Man 3′ Gala Is First Of Its Kind In Beijing: Photos

A red carpet gala was held for Iron Man 3 this weekend in Beijing’s Taimiao Temple in the Forbidden City. Robert Downey Jr. attended the event in what was the first time a Hollywood film has ever been celebrated inside the imperial temple – it was … Read More »

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Marvel To Issue China-Only ‘Iron Man 3′ Version In Addition To Hollywood’s

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 9:30am PDT

The big news today is that Marvel Studios is releasing two versions of Iron Man 3. The Chinese version is destined to be a hot collectors’ item while fanboys will have a field day dissecting … Read More »

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Hot TV Spot: ‘Iron Man 3′

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 10:31am PDT

Marvel has been rolling out TV ads for Iron Man 3 the past couple of days, but this one features Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Pepper Potts trying on a certain piece of designer clothing for size. The Shane Black-directed pic from Disney hits theaters May 3.

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‘Iron Man 3′ IMAX Poster Unveiled

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 9:24pm PDT

Here’s a new poster for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 promoting the film’s IMAX release. This one doesn’t preview any new characters, but it is packed with all the major players. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, and Ben Kingsley star in the Shane Black-directed pic … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Iron Man 3′

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 9:26am PST

The latest trailer for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 has just dropped. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Ben Kingsley (as the Mandarin) star in the latest film in the franchise that has grossed more than $1.2 billion at the global box office. It’ll … Read More »

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