Iron Man 2 box office expectations were through the roof. All week, Iron Man 2 box office predictions asked if it could challenge The Dark Knight’s opening weekend record. Even If it couldn’t, the hopes were that it would top out at $150 million. It says something that nowadays, weekends under $140-150M can be classified as disappointments. However, that may be the result for the summer’s first blockbuster. According to early reports, the Iron Man 2 box office may have to settle for a mere $130 million to start off.
Deadline Hollywood estimates that the movie took in $52 million on Friday alone. However, that won’t be enough for any records, as the new projections reach $130M for the entire weekend. As such, the Iron Man 2 box office may be at the bottom of the top 5 biggest opening weekends ever.
The Dark Knight’s $158.4M is certainly safe, and so is Spider Man 3’s $151.1 opening. By those high standards, Iron Man 2 box office isn’t that impressive, and may be a little disappointing. Even with 4,380 theaters, it may not get anything extra.
Still, the opening weekend is already set to surpass the original, which opened with a mere $102.1M gross in 2008. No matter what, it has set the early bar for summer 2010, as only a select few movies may have a chance to top it. In spite of a few mixed reviews, a total of $300-$400 million is likely assured – even without 3D.
This is only the second massive Iron Man 2 box office opening, however, after its big release overseas last week. It made over $100M before it even premiered in America, so Paramount and Marvel Studios are already making a mint. Plans for Iron Man 3 and the inevitable Avengers film are bound to be rushed further, to keep momentum going.
Everyone expected a large opening weekend, so these numbers surprised no one. The question is how will Iron Man 2 box office fare when the summer competition starts in earnest. Robin Hood will be the first challenger, though the bigger issue is whether fans will go to see Iron Man 2 again and again, like they did for the original.
For this weekend, however, the victory is massive, as the next closest competitor, A Nightmare On Elm Street, made just $3.2M on Friday. How To Train Your Dragon tied for third with $1.7M, putting the Dreamworks hit over the $200M milestone.
Tomorrow afternoon, the first official Iron Man 2 box office weekend estimates will come in, to judge how much of a victory lap Tony Stark can take.
Deadline Hollywood- “NO RECORDS BROKEN: Iron Man 2 Opens To $52M Friday For Estimated $130+M Weekend”