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'Iron Man 2' Tops 'Robin Hood' & Trails 'New Moon'?

Russell Crowe, Robin Hood
Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood

May 21 update: On what surely was its last day at the top of the North American box office, Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 grossed $3.03 million (down 3.4 percent) at no. 1 – barely staying above the $3 million per day mark – on Thursday, May 20, according to Box Office Mojo. Iron Man 2 dropped a passable 19.3 percent in the last four days; last week, it tumbled about 30 percent.

Russell Crowe's Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Cate Blanchett, remained below the $3 million per day mark despite a 9.2 percent increase, earning $2.832 million at no. 2.

Shrek Forever After will decimate the competition this weekend. Estimates have been ranging between $70 million to more than $100 (thanks to the help of outrageously expensive 3D/IMAX ticket prices). The latest installment in the Shrek franchise is expected to perform worse than its predecessors, but it'll end up a hit nevertheless.

Gary Winick's romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, and Gael Garcia Bernal, took $1.104 million at no. 3. It didn't fall below the $1 million per day mark at all this week. Perhaps that's a bit surprising.

At no. 4, Sanaa Hamri's romantic comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, and Pam Grier, collected $471K.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, was next with $362K, followed by How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, with $355K.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night was once again no. 7 with $321K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jennifer Lopez's The Back-up Plan with $206K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $150K, Thomas Balmes' Babies with $126K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $121K, and Sam Worthington's Clash of the Titans with $113K.

Among the top twelve movies, Robin Hood had the highest per-theater average, $808 (Iron Man 2 averaged $692). As usual, Furry Vengeance had the lowest average, $42.

Also among the top twelve, Letters to Juliet had the steepest drop-off rate, a mild down 6.8 percent. Oceans posted the highest increase, a solid up 24.6 percent.

Photos: Robin Hood (Universal Pictures)

May 20 update

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Vanessa Redgrave, Amanda Seyfried in Gary Winick's Letters to Juliet

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 grossed $3.145 million (down 11.8 percent) at no. 1 while Russell Crowe's Robin Hood fell below the $3 million per day mark, earning $2.593 million (down 16.4 percent) at no. 2 at the U.S. and Canada box office on Wednesday, May 19, according to Box Office Mojo figures.

One more decrease like yesterday's and Iron Man 2 will fall below the $3 million mark per day as well. For comparison's sake, last Wed., Jon Favreau's actioner took in $6.338 million. Yesterday's take was less than half that amount.

Gary Winick's romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, and Gael Garcia Bernal, collected $1.185 million at no. 3.

At no. 4, Sanaa Hamri's romantic comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, and Pam Grier, took in only $472K on Day 6.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, was next with $374K, followed by How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, with $336K.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night was once again no. 7 with $329K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Alex O'Loughlin's The Back-up Plan with $208K, Thomas Balmes' Babies with $126K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $120K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $120K, and Sam Worthington's Clash of the Titans with $117K.

Among the top twelve movies, Robin Hood had the highest per-theater average, $740 (Iron Man 2 averaged $717). As usual, Furry Vengeance had the lowest average, $45.

Also among the top twelve, Furry Vengeance had the worst drop-off rate, down 24.3 percent (following a major surge yesterday). No top-twelve movie posted gains on Wednesday; Babies had the smallest drop-off rate, down 0.3 percent.

Photos: Letters to Juliet (John Johnson / Summit Entertainment)

May 19 update

Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After will underperform at the box office, according to analysts – from Wall Street – as reported by David Frankel in TheWrap.

DreamWorks Animation stock went down on Tuesday as a result of that announcement, even though Shrek Forever After, directed by Mike Mitchell, is still going to do excellent business at the global box office when compared to other movies. Providing the characters' voices are Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Jon Hamm, John Cleese and Jane Lynch.

The problem with this latest Shrek is that it's expected to do much less business than its two predecessors, both on opening weekend and overall, both in North America and overseas.

While Shrek 2 and Shrek 3 each grossed more than $100 million on their debut weekends, Shrek Forever After is expected to gross (way?) less than that. (According to one analyst, between $75-$90m.)

Shrek Forever After is scheduled to open in the United States on May 21.

Photo: DreamWorks Animation

May 19 update

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Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 collected $3.565 million at no. 1 and Russell Crowe's Robin Hood earned $3.1 million at no. 2 at the North American box office on Tuesday, May 18, according to Box Office Mojo. Among the top twelve movies, those two were the only ones to post a decrease in attendance.

Gary Winick's romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero, and Gael Garcia Bernal, took in $1.35 million at no. 3.

At no. 4, Sanaa Hamri's romantic comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, and Pam Grier, drew $595K.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, came next with $423K, followed by DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, with $397K.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night was no. 7 with $346K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jennifer Lopez's The Back-up Plan with $235K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $159K, Thomas Balmes' Babies with $126K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $124K, and Sam Worthington's Clash of the Titans with $120K.

Among the top twelve movies, Robin Hood had the highest per-theater average, $885 (Iron Man 2 averaged $812). As usual, Furry Vengeance had the lowest average, $59.

Also among the top twelve, Robin Hood had the worst drop-off rate, a minor down 4.8 percent. Furry Vengeance surprisingly posted the biggest increase, up 35.4 percent.

Photos: Robin Hood (Universal)

May 18 update

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 took in $3.71 million (a 60 percent drop from a week ago) while Russell Crowe's Robin Hood grossed $3.25 million in North America on Monday, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

Gary Winick's romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero, and Gael Garcia Bernal, collected $1.14 million at no. 3. Letters to Juliet will quite possibly fall below the $1m-a-day mark in the next few days.

At no. 4, Sanaa Hamri's romantic comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, and Pam Grier, earned only $581K.

The horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, was next with $419K, followed by How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, with $352K.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night was no. 7 with $315K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Alex O'Loughlin's The Back-up Plan with $201K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $117K, Thomas Balmes' Babies with $116K, Sam Worthington's Clash of the Titans with $113K, and Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $107K.

Among the top twelve movies, Robin Hood had the highest per-theater average, a not all that impressive $930 (Iron Man 2 averaged $846). As has been the case in the last 10 days or so, Furry Vengeance had the lowest average, $44.

Also among the top twelve, Furry Vengeance had the steepest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 82.4 percent. (Iron Man 2 dropped 74 percent; Robin Hood 64.4 percent.) Oceans had the lowest drop-off rate: down 52.3 percent.

Photos: Iron Man 2 (Industrial Light & Magic / Marvel); Robin Hood (Universal); Letters to Juliet (John Johnson / Summit Entertainment)

May 17

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Eric Cantona, Ken Loach Looking for Eric
Kristen Stewart, The Runaways
Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (top); Eric Cantona, Ken Loach on the set of Looking for Eric (middle); Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in The Runaways (bottom)

Below are weekend box office figures for a couple of dozen movies currently playing in North America in less than 1,000 theaters.

Still doing well are Juan Jose Campanella's Oscar-winning drama The Secret in Their Eyes with $368K; the Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with $327K and $5.76 million cume; and the urban family drama-comedy Please Give, starring Rebecca Hall and Catherine Keener, with $248K.

Among the new entries, Princess Kaiulani, a romantic-historical drama about the Hawaiian princess who tried to stave off the US domination of the archipelago, performed best: $186K at 33 theaters and a passable $5,666 per-theater average.

Ken Loach's Looking for Eric, which received positive buzz at last year's Cannes Film Festival, managed less than $7K at 2 venues, while Jessica Oreck's documentary about Japan's (supposed) fascination with insects, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, took in $6.4K at one.

The well-received bizarre comedy about life and death featuring Jesse Eisenberg, The Living Wake, did a meager $3.8K at one venue.

For the first time in weeks, figures for Robert Pattinson's Remember Me were unavailable (it could be the movie is no longer playing; more likely, figures will be made available later today).

Kristen Stewart, however, is on the chart with two entries, both box office disappointments: The Runaways with $20K and a $3.58 million cume – the $10 million production will probably disappear from theaters within the next few weeks – and The Yellow Handkerchief with $3K and a total of only $317K.

Annette Bening and Naomi Watts' Mother and Child earned $60K, but its low per-theater average, $2,532, isn't very promising. The family drama has been out for only ten days.

On the other hand, Fritz Lang's silent classic Metropolis, starring Brigitte Helm, is doing quite well. The restored, extended version of the 83-year-old sci-fier collected $30K at 4 venues. Which makes you wonder: how many of today's blockbusters will be remembered 10 years from now, let alone eight decades into the future?

Here are a few more films & figures: Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $752K, Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with 544K, Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass with $539K,Julianna Margulies' City Island with $442K, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland with $440K, and James Cameron's Avatar with 335K.

Also, Leonardo DiCaprio's Shutter Island with $292K, Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop with $215K, Michael Caine's Harry Brown with $135K, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer with $116K, and Benjamin Bratt's La Mission with $56K.

Plus, Ben Stiller's Greenberg with $46K, Demi Moore's The Joneses with $26K, Tomm Moore's Oscar nominated The Secret of Kells with $21K, and Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $18K.

And finally, Julianne Moore's Chloe with $18K, Penélope Cruz's Broken Embraces with $18K, Helen Mirren's The Last Station with $8K, and James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination with $2K.

Photos: The Runaways (Apparition); Looking for Eric (IFC); The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Music Box)

May 17 update

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Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Letters to Juliet
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 (top); Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (middle); Vanessa Redgrave, Amanda Seyfried in Gary Winick's Letters to Juliet (bottom)

Final figures for both Paramount's Iron Man 2 and Universal's Robin Hood were off by $1 million each. Unsurprisingly, both movies ended up grossing less than their studios had predicted, according to Box Office Mojo. But $1 million is surely quite an improvement when compared to Paramount's $5.5 million overestimation for Iron Man 2 a week ago.

After losing more than two-thirds of its gross on Friday – when compared to the previous week – Iron Man 2 performed better on Saturday before losing steam again on Sunday. Jon Favreau's sci-fi/actioner starring Robert Downey Jr took in $52.04 million over the weekend. That's nearly a 60 percent drop from a week ago. For comparison's sake, the original Iron Man (2008) lost a bit less than 52 percent between weekends no. 1 and no. 2.

Another 60 percent drop and Iron Man 2 will be grossing $21 million next weekend. Shrek Forever After will be its chief competition. We'll see what happens.

Ridley Scott's Robin Hood landed at #2 with $36.06 million. Luckily for Universal, the costly period adventure starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett did much better overseas, with about $74 million. Don't be too shocked if figures plummet next weekend, at least domestically.

Gary Winick's romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero, and Gael Garcia Bernal, collected a just passable $13.54 million at no. 3.

At no. 4, Sanaa Hamri's romantic comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, and Pam Grier, drew a disappointing $8.5 million – an average of $4,525 per theater. That's even less than Letters to Juliet's average ($4,562), which is playing at 1,000 more theaters.

A Fox Searchlight release, Just Wright probably didn't cost much; just as probably, it won't be among the top twelve movies for very long.

The strong-legged How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was no. 5 with $5 million. Total to date: $207.6 million. When Shrek Forever After opens next weekend, DreamWorks Animation will have two productions on the top-ten box office chart.

The horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, was next with $4.65 million (total: $56.1 million), followed by another strong-legged movie, Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night with $3.82 million (total: $86.5m).

Rounding out the top twelve were Alex O'Loughlin's The Back-up Plan with $2.8 million (total: $34.1 million), Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $2.2 million (total: $15 million), Sam Worthington's Clash of the Titans with $1.2 million (total: $160.1 million), Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $1.1 million (total: $40.4 million), and Thomas Balmes' Babies with $1 million (total: $3.9m).

Among the top twelve movies, Iron Man 2 had the highest per-theater average, $11,854 (Robin Hood, playing at 1,000 fewer theaters, averaged $10,295); Furry Vengeance once again had the lowest, a paltry $832 on weekend no. 3.

Also among the top twelve, Iron Man 2 had the steepest drop-off rate, down 59.4 percent. How to Train Your Dragon had the lowest, down 25.1 percent.

Photos: Iron Man 2 (Industrial Light & Magic / Marvel); Robin Hood (Universal); Letters to Juliet (John Johnson / Summit Entertainment)

May 16 update

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Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett Lady Marian Robin Hood
Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Letters from Juliet
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 (top); Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Robin Hood (middle); Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Letters to Juliet (bottom)

After losing more than two-thirds of its gross on Friday – when compared to the week before – Iron Man 2 apparently had a major surge on Saturday and Paramount is expecting solid attendance figures on Sunday, as the studio estimates Jon Favreau's sci-fi/actioner starring Robert Downey Jr will gross $53 million over the weekend. That's a 58 percent drop from a week ago. For comparison's sake, the original Iron Man (2008) lost 51.9 percent between weekends no. 1 and no. 2.

If Paramount's estimates aren't inflated – last weekend, they were off by $5.5 million – then Iron Man 2 isn't melting away as rapidly as it seemed after Friday estimates were released. Ton Stark should easily reach $250 million domestically by next weekend and may even cross the $300 million mark before it runs out of steam. Final figures will be released tomorrow.

Ridley Scott's Robin Hood landed at #2 with an estimated $37.1 million – lower than the $40 million some had predicted, higher than the $35 million others had been predicting following the movie's underwhelming Friday debut. Starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, the period adventure is playing at 3,503 sites.

Gary Winick's romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero, and Gael Garcia Bernal, took in a passable $13.75 million at no. 3.

Dear John, which also involved letters, romance, and Amanda Seyfried, grossed nearly twice as much on its debut weekend about three months ago.

At no. 4, Sanaa Hamri's romantic comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, and Pam Grier, drew a disappointing $8.5 million – an average of less than $5,000 per theater isn't great, especially for a movie opening in less than 2,000 theaters.

How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was no. 5 with $5.12 million. Total to date: $207.7 million.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, was next with $4.7 million (total: $56.1 million), followed by Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night with $4 million (total: $86.6m).

Rounding out the top ten were Alex O'Loughlin's The Back-up Plan with $2.46 million (total: $34.2 million), Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $2.3 million (total: $15.1 million), and Sam Worthington's Clash of the Titans with $1.2 million (total: $160.1m).

Photos: Iron Man 2 (François Duhamel / Paramount / Marvel); Robin Hood (Universal); Letters to Juliet (John Johnson / Summit Entertainment)

May 15 p.m. update

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr, Sam Rockwell, Leslie Dibb in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau, and starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke, topped the North American box office with $15.075 million on Friday, May 14, according to Box Office Mojo. That's a huge 72 percent drop-off rate from a week ago.

Well, except that numbers for last Friday were inflated by special Thursday midnight screenings that brought in about $7.5 million. Taking that into account, Iron Man 2 was down a still steep though less dramatic 66 percent or so.

And that's what happens when studios inflate their film's opening-day figures to make them look more grandiose: second-weekend figures look terrible by comparison.

Anyhow, another drop-off rate such as this one (the more modest 66 percent) and Iron Man 2 will be earning a non-blockbusterish $5 million next Friday. For comparison's sake: the original – and critically well-received — Iron Man (2008) lost a perfectly acceptable 51.9 percent between weekends no. 1 and no. 2.

Perhaps iron just ain't as durable as it used to be, but thanks to a solid marketing blitz and brand recognition Paramount/Marvel do have a hit in their hands.

To date, Iron Man 2 has taken in $174.2 million in North America and will surely cross the $200 million mark this evening. Overseas, the sci-fi/actioner has collected $216 million, for a worldwide grand total of $390.2 million.

Now, Iron Man 2 is not in the black, yet. It officially cost $200 million – Universal's Robin Hood officially cost $155 million (actual price tag: around $235m) – but since studios get only about half the money generated at the box office, that means Iron Man 2 has to earn at least $400-$420 million or whereabouts worldwide to cover its production costs. It'll surely reach that mark by Sunday.

And then it'll need to earn only another $200 million or so to cover marketing expenses. But no worries. When all is added up – domestic and foreign box office, DVD sales, VOD, TV, cable, toys, games, crossword puzzles, etc. etc. – Iron Man 2 will end up in the black.

Moral of the story: Without the overseas market, Hollywood movies such as Iron Man 2 – or Robin Hood, for that matter – could never have gotten made. At least not on that $200m+ scale.

Photo: François Duhamel / Paramount / Marvel

Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott on the set of Robin Hood

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 topped new entry Robin Hood on Friday in North America. According to Box Office Mojo figures, the Ridley Scott-directed period epic starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett landed in second place with $13.135 million at 3,503 sites.

Robin Hood's per theater average, $3,750, was higher than that for Iron Man 2's $3,434 – but not that much higher, especially considering that Robin Hood is playing at 900 fewer theaters (all things being equal, the wider the exposure the lower the per-theater average) and that Iron Man 2 is beginning its second week out.

Early predictions had Robin Hood reaching $40 million for the weekend. At this stage, with luck it'll get to $35-$36 million.

On the positive side, to date Robin Hood, which opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the week, has already amassed $75.7 million overseas – it's been out for two-three days in dozens of countries.

Universal, in fact, will need all the foreign support it can get as Robin Hood cost about $235 million (not including marketing/distribution expenses) and the studio has recently had its share of costly flops, e.g., Matt Damon's Iraq War thriller Green Zone, the Jude Law-Forest Whitaker sci-fier/actioner Repo Men.

Photo: Robin Hood (Universal)

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Queen Latifah, Paula Patton, Common, Just Wright
Christopher Egan, Amanda Seyfried, Letters to Juliet (top); Paula Patton, Queen Latifah, Common, Just Wright (bottom)

Gary Winick's romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero, and Gael Garcia Bernal, collected a passable $5 million at 2,968 theaters, landing at no. 3 on Friday, May 14, as per figures found at Box Office Mojo.

At no. 4, Sanaa Hamri's romantic comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, and Pam Grier, grossed a disappointing $2.875 million at 1,831 locations.

Down three spots, the horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, took in $1.545 million at no. 5, followed by Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night with $1.22 million.

How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was no. 7 with $1.16K, though it'll probably end up in fifth or sixth position by Sunday. Kiddie flicks soar on the weekend proper.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jennifer Lopez's The Back-up Plan with $785K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $550K, Sam Worthington's Clash of the Titans with $330K, Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $320K, and Thomas Balmes' Babies with $300K.

Among the top twelve movies, Robin Hood had the highest per-theater average, $3,750. Furry Vengeance, despite an impressive 192.6 percent surge (the highest among the top twelve movies), remained at the bottom-end with a paltry $197 per theater.

Photos: Letters to Juliet (John Johnson / Summit Entertainment); Just Wright (David Lee / Fox Searchlight)

May 15 update

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Russell Crowe, Robin Hood
Robert Downey Jr Iron Man 2 (top); Russell Crowe, Robin Hood (bottom)

As expected, Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 topped new entry Robin Hood on Friday in North America, according to early, rough estimates provided by Nikki Finke at Deadline.com.

Iron Man 2 earned an estimated $16 million at 4,390 theaters (only about a third of its gross last Friday) while the widely panned Ridley Scott-directed period epic starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett took in $13-14 million at 3,503 sites.

As per Finke's article, early, rough weekend estimates currently stand at $53 million for Iron Man 2 and $35-40 million for Robin Hood, which is expected to gross about twice as much overseas. Universal will need foreign support, as Robin Hood cost about $235 million and the studio has had its share of recent flops, e.g., Green Zone, Repo Men.

But don't be too surprised if weekend estimates for both films become more modest by Sunday – and if final figures turn out to be even lower on Monday. Last weekend, Iron Man 2 grossed $5.5 million less domestically than Paramount had estimated.

Also opening on Friday, Gary Winick's Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, and Franco Nero, drew $5 million at 2,968 theaters. The Summit Entertainment release is expected to gross a mid-level $14 million over the weekend.

Fox Searchlight's romantic comedy Just Wright, directed by Sanaa Hamri, and starring Queen Latifah, Common, and Paula Patton, grossed $3.5 million at 1,831 locations. Weekend estimate: a not too impressive $9 million.

Photos: Iron Man 2 (Marvel / Paramount); Robin Hood (Universal)

May 14 update

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Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke, Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 earned $6.33 million at the U.S. and Canada box office on Thursday, May 13, according to Box Office Mojo. That's a relatively small 8.8 percent drop from Tuesday.

Since Monday, Iron Man 2's box office take has dropped 32.3 percent. The sci-fi actioner per-theater average fell below the $1,500 mark: $1,447. There'll surely be a major attendance surge today, but in all likelihood Iron Man 2, currently totaling $159.1 million, will cross the $200 million mark at the North American box office only on Saturday.

At a distant no. 2, the horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, took in $638K, followed by Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night with $424K.

How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was next with $402K at no. 4. At no. 5, Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan drew $395K.

Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans, starring Avatar's Sam Worthington, grossed $221K at no. 6. Next in line was Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $203K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Chris Evans' The Losers with $202K, Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $198K, Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass with $193K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $181K, and Thomas Balmes' Babies with $176K.

Among the top twelve movies, Iron Man 2 had by far the highest per-theater average, $1,447; Furry Vengeance once again had the lowest, a mere $60.

Also among the top twelve, Iron Man 2 suffered the steepest drop-off rate, down 8.8 percent. Oceans was the only movie to post an attendance increase, a minuscule up 1.5 percent.

Here are a few more figures: Hubble 3D with $101,000, Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with 88K, Helena Bonham Carter's Alice in Wonderland with $58K, Julianna Margulies' City Island with $49K, James Cameron's Avatar with 49K, and Ewan McGregor's The Ghost Writer with $22K.

Plus: Ben Stiller's Greenberg with $11,000, Demi Moore's The Joneses with $6.5K, Kristen Stewart's The Runaways with $5K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $5K, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $3K, and Sandra Bullock's The Blind Side with $803.

Photo: Iron Man 2 (Merrick Morton / Marvel)

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Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 earned $6.95 million at the North American box office on Wednesday, May 12, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. That's a not inconsiderable 17.1 percent drop from Tuesday.

After falling below the $2,000 line, the sci-fi/action film's per theater average got close to the $1,500 mark – $1,587. Even if there's an attendance surge today, chances are that Iron Man 2, currently totaling $152.8 million, will cross the $200 million mark at the North American box office on Saturday – not Friday.

And never mind the strong possibility that Ridley Scott's critically lambasted Robin Hood, which stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, may turn out to be a weak competitor in the action-adventure genre.

Iron Man 2 also features Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Garry Shandling, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany.

Photo: Iron Man 2 (Merrick Morton / Marvel)

May 13

Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, The Back-up Plan
Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, The Last Song
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Remember Me
Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, The Back-up Plan (top); Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, The Last Song (upper middle); Robert Pattinson (who turns 24 today), Emilie de Ravin, Remember Me (lower middle); Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart (bottom)

At a very distant no. 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, collected $693K, followed by Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night with $432K, as per Box Office Mojo.

How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was next with $410K at no. 4.

Down two spots, Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan took in $409K.

At no. 6, Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans, starring Avatar's Sam Worthington, grossed $222K. Next in line was Zoe Saldana' The Losers with $211K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass with $208K, Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $208K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $199K, Thomas Balmes' Babies with $191K, and Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $189K.

Among the top twelve movies, Iron Man 2 had by far the highest per-theater average, $1,587; Furry Vengeance, once again, had the lowest, $63.

Also among the top twelve, Iron Man 2 suffered the steepest drop-off rate, down 17.1 percent. Babies and Kick-Ass were the only two movies to post attendance increases, up 6.7 percent and up 2.3 percent, respectively.

Here are a few more figures: Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with 87K, Hubble 3D with $78K, Julianna Margulies' City Island with $61K, Mia Wasikowska's Alice in Wonderland with $58K, James Cameron's Avatar with 46K, and Pierce Brosnan's The Ghost Writer with $23K.

Plus: Ben Stiller's Greenberg with $11K, Leonardo DiCaprio's Shutter Island with $11K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $6K, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $2.6K (total: $19.065 million), and Sandra Bullock's The Blind Side with $716.

Photos: The Last Song (Sam Emerson / Touchstone); The Back-up Plan (CBS Films); Crazy Heart (Lorey Sebastian / 20th Century Fox); Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)

May 12

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Sam Rockwell in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 earned $8.38 million at the North American box office on Tuesday, May 11, according to Box Office Mojo. That's a 10.5 percent drop from Monday.

The action film's per theater average fell below the $2,000 mark – $1,913, to be exact. Yet, Iron Man 2 will likely pass the $200 million mark at domestic box office sometime either Friday or Saturday.

Iron Man 2 also features Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Garry Shandling, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany.

At a very distant no. 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, collected $803K, followed by Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan with $465K and Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy of errors Date Night with $464K.

Down two spots, How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, grossed $435K at no. 5.

At no. 6, Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans, starring Avatar's Sam Worthington, collected $233K. Next in line was Jacques Perrin's documentary Oceans with $222K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral with $221K, Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $219K, Zoe Saldana' The Losers with $214K, Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass with $204K, and Thomas Balmes' Babies with $179K.

Among the top twelve movies, Iron Man 2 had by far the highest per-theater average, $1,193; Furry Vengeance, once again, had the lowest, $73.

Also among the top twelve, Iron Man 2 was the only movie to earn less money on Tuesday than on Monday, the aforementioned 10.5 percent drop-off. Surprisingly, Furry Vengeance posted the highest increase, up 39.5 percent.

Here are a few more figures: Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with 98K, Julianna Margulies' City Island with $61K, Anne Hathaway's Alice in Wonderland with $61K, James Cameron's Avatar with 47K, and Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer with $21K.

Plus: Ben Stiller's Greenberg with $14K, Leonardo DiCaprio's Shutter Island with $13K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $5K, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $3.6K, and Sandra Bullock's The Blind Side with $1K.

Photo: Iron Man 2 (Merrick Morton / Marvel)

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Robert Downey Jr is Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 earned a respectable $9.366 million in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, May 10, according to Box Office Mojo. The per theater average was $2,139 – though not absurdly high, it was nearly ten times higher than the no. 2 average among the top twelve films.

In fact, all by itself, Iron Man 2 made nearly three times as much money as the other top 11 movies combined. Were it not for Jon Favreau's action flick, the North American box office would have had a dismal second Monday in May.

Iron Man 2 also features Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Garry Shandling, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany.

At a very distant no. 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, collected $795K, followed by How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, which grossed $382K.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night was no. 4 with $375K. Next in line was Alex O'Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan, with $362K.

At no. 6, Louis Leterrier's 3D fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans, starring Avatar's Sam Worthington, drew $213K. Chris Rock's Death at a Funeral was no. 7 with $198K.

Rounding out the top twelve were Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass with $187K, Chris Evans' The Losers with $177K, Thomas Balmes' Babies with $175K, Jacques Perrin's Oceans with $160K, and Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance with $157K.

As mentioned above, among the top twelve movies, Iron Man 2 had the highest per-theater average, $2,139; Furry Vengeance had the lowest, $52.

Also among the top twelve, Furry Vengeance had the steepest drop-off rate, down 91.8 percent (though it may come back from the dead next weekend); Kick-Ass had the lowest, down 55 percent.

Here are a few more figures: Miley Cyrus' The Last Song with 80K, Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland with $57K, Julianna Margulies' City Island with $45K, James Cameron's Avatar with 43K, and Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer with $19K.

Plus: Ben Stiller's Greenberg with $9K, Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart with $3.6K, Robert Pattinson's Remember Me with $2K, and Sandra Bullock's The Blind Side with $642.

Photo: Iron Man 2 (Merrick Morton / Marvel)

May 9


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Annette Bening in Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child (top); Brigitte Helm in Fritz Lang's Metropolis (bottom)

Starring Academy Award nominees Annette Bening and Naomi Watts, the psychological family drama Mother and Child opened on Mother's Day weekend to $44.4K in four theaters as per estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

The film's $11,100 per theater average isn't bad, but it's not all that fantastic for a movie playing at only four locations. For comparison's sake, when Roman Polanski's thriller The Ghost Writer opened in four theaters in February, its per-theater average was $45,752.

Also debuting this weekend was Brooks Branch's relationship drama Multiple Sarcasms, which grossed a weak $17.8,000 at 15 sites. Average per screen: a meager $1,187. In the cast: Oscar winners Timothy Hutton and Mira Sorvino, in addition to Dana Delany, Stockard Channing, and Mario Van Peebles.

Also of interest: Juan Jose Campanella's Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes with an impressive $407,000 at 81 theaters (total: $1.596 million), Hubble 3D with $370,000 (total: $5.191 million), Amanda Peet's Please Give with a solid $253,000 at 26 sites (total: $415,000), Polanski's The Ghost Writer with $224,000 (total: $14.865 million), Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop with $195,000 (total $935,000), and Michael Caine's Harry Brown with $139,000 (total: $381,000).

Plus: Ben Stiller's Greenberg with $84,000 ($4.065 million), Letters to God with $83K (total: $2.74 million), Julianne Moore's Chloe with $45K (total: $2.927 million), Jacques Audiard's A Prophet with $20,000 (total: $2 million), and Tomm Moore's The Secret of Kells with $12,000 (total $425,000).

And finally, the “specialized” sensation of the weekend was the restored version of an 83-year-old movie, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, which grossed an excellent $20K at New York City's Film Forum. According to indieWIRE, Metropolis earned an additional $2K at a theater in Huntington, Long Island.

Figures for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were unavailable.

Photos: Metropolis (Kino International); Mother and Child (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning The Runaways
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin in Allen Coulter's Remember Me (top); Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways (upper middle)

Robert Pattinson's drama Remember Me took in $23K at 76 sites on its 9th weekend, according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The film's drop-off rate was 47.4 percent after losing nearly 40 percent of its venues. The per-theater average was $303. Total to date: $19.056 million.

Worldwide, thanks to Pattinson's international popularity, Remember Me has grossed approximately $55 million.

The Kristen Stewart-Dakota Fanning rock biopic The Runaways, directed by Floria Sigismondi, grossed $33.8K, a 58.8 percent drop from last week. The Runaways lost nearly half its theaters this weekend; it's currently playing at 65 sites. The per-theater average was $520. To date, the $10 million production has grossed $3.487 million in the US and Canada.

Next, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will be seen in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which also features Dakota Fanning as a vampire with evil powers. Eclipse opens on June 30.

Pattinson is currently working on Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, and is scheduled to start working on both Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants and Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Stewart has been cast in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, and should also tackle Breaking Dawn in the fall.

Photos: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment); The Runaways (Apparition)

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Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. the Black Widow, in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 broke no box office records on its debut weekend in North America. We're all aware of that. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's The Twilight Saga: New Moon still holds the title for best one-day box office ever, while Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, has retained the opening-weekend record.

Even so, Iron Man 2 had the fifth best opening weekend ever, after The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, New Moon, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Now, Iron Man 2 may have broken another type of box office record: for most overestimated weekend earnings in box office history. I'm joking, of course. But then again, if Jon Favreau's action flick didn't break that record it must have gotten awful close. (Admittedly, I could be way off here. Surely there must have been grossly exaggerated studio estimates in the past.)

In any case, instead of Paramount's estimated $133.6 million, Iron Man 2 grossed $128.1 million over the weekend (including Thursday midnight screenings) at (a record) 4,380 theaters, according to final figures released by Box Office Mojo. Doing the math: that's $5.5 million less than yesterday's studio estimates. Chief reason for it: A marked – and possibly worrisome – Sunday drop-off rate of 32 percent from the day before.

I should add that Iron Man 2, even minus the $5.5 million, still has the fifth biggest box office weekend in history. Just remember that none of those “all-time records” are based on attendance figures; instead, chart-makers rely on revenues not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices for, say, IMAX/3D venues. Iron Man 2, for instance, took in approximately $10 million at IMAX theaters; a – non-inflation-adjusted – record for a 2D film.

We'll find out next weekend whether Iron Man 2's legs have been made out of solid iron, plastic, or paper.

Also in the Iron Man 2 cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Garry Shandling, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany.

Photo: Iron Man 2 (Merrick Morton / Marvel)

May 8

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Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 broke no box-office records on its opening weekend in North America. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's The Twilight Saga: New Moon still holds the record for best one-day ever, while Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight has retained the debut-weekend record.

In fact, Iron Man 2 had to settle in fifth place, after The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, New Moon, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

(Remember, none of those “all-time records” are based on attendance figures; instead, they're based on revenues not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices for, say, IMAX/3D venues. Iron Man 2, for instance, earned $10.2 million at IMAX theaters; a – non-adjusted – record for a 2D film.)

Though hardly record-breaking, Tony Stark acquitted himself remarkably well with an estimated $133.6 million at 4,380 theaters (now, that was a record) for its long three-day weekend, as per figures found at Box Office Mojo.

I say “long” because Iron Man 2's three-day weekend began at 12:01 a.m. Friday – midnight screenings that added $7.5 million to the film's total. Not every movie on the all-time debut-weekend chart had that revenue “plus.”

It's also worth noting that on Saturday, the Jon Favreau-directed actioner lost 11 percent of its box office take – not exactly a great sign. Figures usually go way up on Saturday.

Even if you take out the $7.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings, Iron Man 2's Saturday take was only about 4 percent higher – by far the smallest Friday-to-Saturday increase among this weekend's top twelve films.

We'll see what word-of-mouth and Paramount's multimillion publicity blitz ($75m-$85 million, according to reports) can do to sustain their $170m-$200 million production in the coming weeks.

The film's current worldwide total stands at $397 million.

Also in the Iron Man 2 cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Garry Shandling, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany.

Photo: Iron Man 2 (Merrick Morton / Marvel)

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Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark (top); Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow (bottom), Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 soared to the top of the North American box office on Friday, although Paramount/Marvel's $170 million production (plus $75-$85 million in marketing expenses) didn't exactly match record-breaking expectations.

Starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man, Jon Favreau's actioner, which has generally been labeled inferior to the 2008 original, earned an estimated $52.4 million – average: $11,963 per theater – on Friday according to Box Office Mojo. (The Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart romantic fantasy The Twilight Saga: New Moon holds the first-day box office record with $72.7m.)

Still, that's not bad at all for Iron Man 2, even though the Friday figure includes about $7.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings. (Should Thursday midnight screenings be included in weekend totals?)

Some had been expecting that Iron Man 2 was going to shatter The Dark Knight's $158 million debut-weekend record. It won't get even close. Expectations now are that Iron Man 2 will end up collecting somewhere between $125 million and $135 million.

Also in the Iron Man 2 cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Garry Shandling, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, and Scarlett Johansson.

Photo: Iron Man 2 (Merrick Morton / Marvel)

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Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart as Bella and Edward in New Moon (top); Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2 (bottom)

Iron suit or not, Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow, wasn't strong enough to surpass the first day opening of, gasp, a “chick flick”: Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Robert Pattinson's lovestruck vampire and Kristen Stewart's troubled human easily kicked iron ass. How ironic (awful pun intended), considering that Hollywood studios make movies geared to 12-year-old boys and tend to relegate women to the sides, both in front and behind the camera.

According to Box Office Mojo, Iron Man 2's $52.4 million opening, which includes approximately $7.5 million it earned at Thursday midnight screenings, is no. 7 on the all-time list for first-day box office grosses.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is no. 1 with $72.7 million, followed by Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (the record-holder for a three-day weekend, with $158 million), Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man 3, Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

The original Iron Man opened with $35.2 million in 2008.

Figures on the Box Office Mojo chart haven't been adjusted for inflation, of course, though the difference wouldn't have been too glaring since most of the movies found on their list are mid-to-late 2000s releases. Exception to this rule: movies that made most (or even a good chunk) of their money at 3D/IMAX venues, e.g., The Dark Knight, Avatar, Alice in Wonderland.

Photos: Iron Man 2 (Industrial Light & Magic / Marvel); The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)

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Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr, opened to the tune of $47.5 million on Friday, according to a Deadline.com report. Add to that the $7.5 million the sci-fi/adventure flick earned at Thursday midnight screenings, and its total rises to $55 million. In other words, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight will not have its record shattered.

Iron Man 2 is expected to gross between $125-135 million over the three-day weekend – not much higher than Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (though tickets for that 3D feature were more expensive) and considerably less than early estimates that reached as high as $160 million or whereabouts.

The original Iron Man opened with $98.6 million.

Depending on how good (or bad) word-of-mouth is, Iron Man 2 figures could either go even lower or shoot up somewhat higher. Critics certainly haven't been all that impressed with the sequel.

Either way, Iron Man 2 has broken one record already as per Deadline.com: it's the movie with the widest release ever: 4,380 North American theaters.

Photo: Marvel / Paramount

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Starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man and directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man 2 grossed approximately $7.5 million at 2,500 theaters in North America at midnight screenings this morning (last night?), according to distributor Paramount Pictures.

That's more than twice the amount James Cameron's Avatar earned at its midnight-screening debut at 2,000 theaters last December, but nearly $11 million less than what Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight grossed at midnight showings at 3,000 theaters on July 18, 2008 – when movies tickets, by the way, cost less than they do now.

Some are expecting that Iron Man 2, which many reviewers found quite rusty, will earn more the $140 million over the three-day weekend.

Also in the Iron Man 2 cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Photo: Paramount / Marvel

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41 Comments to 'Iron Man 2' Tops 'Robin Hood' & Trails 'New Moon'?

  1. Tuli

    Robinhood was Brilliant…
    Russel Crowe as usual gives 100% to his character in the film…
    Looking forward to more Adventures of Robinhood in Future..

  2. Quintina

    I've heard off me mate that there will be an iron man 3?

  3. Jenn

    Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz

    All actors that were lucky to still be working. Please stop making these films just so they get a paycheck every year. Even the kids are sick of it.

  4. Film-Book dot Com

    The film looks horrible. Is this prediction really out of left field?

  5. rublequeen

    I was lucky enough to see The Runaways and TGWTDT and only because I live in NYC where almost every film shows. App. handling of TR was awful. Hollywood is remaking TGWTDT for an American audience, even though the original is excellent. Those two films contain the greatest female roles I've seen all year. I would love to see Kristen Stewart take home a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Joan Jett. I hear her other indie WTTR also has early Oscar buzz. This is really her year. The DVD sales will be huge. It's already being pre-ordered and there's no official release date, but trust that Sony will get the DVD's on shelves.

    I doubt the conspiracy theory by filmgirl. Robert Pattinson was out of the country filming when TR premiers happened. Also Summit International is distributing the movie overseas so I don't think they have a problem with it. They will undoubtedly do a much better job at promotion and marketing than App. The movie should do well in Europe, Asia, and Australia. It will be profitable in the end.

  6. Donald Ward

    I was disappointed in Iron Man 2 thought it was going to be more action and a better plot. The characters were good but could have made it a lot more interesting and added twists to the plot. Oh well if they make an Iron Man 3 hopefully they make up for this one and it doesn't suck like X-Men 3 and Spiderman 3.

  7. filmgirl

    Lolly is right and I agree. The Runaways was awesome if you were lucky enough to get access to see it AND it was awesomely hobbled by anemic marketing and distribution.

    That handling by Apparition is reportedas a contentious mystery. The story is undereported and barely researched in favor of laying the film at the feet of Stewart/Fanning, crossover demographics or the film itself which is totally base and premature. The question is why was an R rated Stewart/Fanning held back from wider release and audiences? What are the terms of Pohlad's closed book deals with Summit (Twilight)? What happens to Welcome to the Rileys? Why didn't Pattinson attend The Runaways premiere during his stint with Summit (Twilight, Remember Me). What happens to actresses who go off the Twi franchise map, cut Bella's hair and get sexually assertive to Cherry Bomb, smooch girls or take movie drugs?

    This story is the bra burner of the century, but the reporters are missing it.

    I predict that profits and awards for The Runaways is still pending, so stories of the old dinosaur box office sucess or failure are entirely premature. I also think a whopping under reported steamy sum will be made on it as it goes to DVD and TV licensing.

    Oh yeah, women won the vote some years ago too.

  8. Lolly derrickson

    give there movies a change the right way or put them out on DVD so we can get them our self. don.t let there hard work go unnoticed.
    thank You

  9. Lolly derrickson

    Who is running these movies….they are great but no body is getting a changes to see them,, WHY..
    you put them in small towns that most cant get to.
    they say nationwide and then your lucky if you get 10 movies in a state. that's not right. it looks like someone wants to see them FAIL. I had to Drive 2 hours just to see the Runaways. and the other2 are not even in my state. I had to go to another state to see them. be fair there are some really bad movies out there that get a hole lot more time and houses to play in.

  10. Angela

    According to Box Office Mojo, it's definitely over for “Green Zone”. So, I wouldn't be surprised that Summit stops reporting on “Remember Me”. They opened on the same weekend after all. And I would imagine that Summit wants to put its energy towards “Letters to Juliet” and “Eclipse”.

  11. Lucilla

    I just saw Robin Hood last night. I think it was brilliant! Russell Crowe did a magnificent job playing Robin Longstride. The kissing in this film was entrancing. Cate Blanchett was brilliant as well. I really don't see why everyone is doing this “competition” between all these 2010 films. Why can't they just say, “this is the movie with the leading amount of viewers, and is making the most money”? Personally, i think both Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood were good. (I liked Robin Hood better) Only because I'm a girl and like that sense of romance in my movies. But don't get me wrong, i like those action packed- explosion movies too! Iron Man 2 really was good, i just think Robin Hood was better. But thats my opinion. I'm a huge fan of Russell Crowe movies, so I kind of like anything with him in it. I have to say, Russell Crowe is my favorite actor, and Robert Downey Jr is a one of a kind actor himself. His movies are always fun to watch. I never did care which of the films were at the top, or made more money, because thats just not the movie goer i am. I went and saw both, and i say that both films were a success! Though, like i said in the beginning, i liked Robin Hood more.

  12. kamaya dejohnette

    And i really wish that i could meet Him also

  13. kamaya dejohnette

    I really do hope that he contines with he's work because i really do like what he does it's just so incredible and So Amazing Just love it

  14. kamaya dejohnette

    This Movie IronMan 2 And IronMan 1 Were And Are My favorite Movie Esepeccially With Robert Downey Jr. My favorite Actor Singer ,And Person I really Do Look up to Him Alot!

  15. pc

    Thanks for the info on Avatar. I still think Titanic is the #1 Movie of all time and Avatar is the #1 IMax/3D movie of all time. At least for Now. (I'm really not into the whole “adjusted for iflation thing.” There are way too many variables)

    All the hate on Twilight is bc of it's success. Once something becomes too popular people try to make themselve appear cool or important by trashing it. It makes them feel good about themselves. They don't fool me for a second though. a hater is a hater is a hater.

  16. sfjillian

    The times they are a changing. This summer will be the year of the woman at the box office. Fanboys can keep their hate. Transformers was definitely not better than New Moon. We've had to listen to them gloat about their films for years, now it's our turn. The message being sent to Hollywood is loud and clear. Women are here to stay and have movie dollars. Studios that jump on it first, like Summit, are going to win.

  17. phenomena22

    The Runaways would have never been seen in one theater without Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Michael Shannon got his chance to shine so I know he's thankful too. The movie was awesome. I hope it does well overseas and is a hit on DVD. I didn't see Remember Me yet because I'm not a fan of Rob or Pierce B. but my friend said it was good so I'll check it out on DVD. The Runaways was a great filler until Eclipse.

  18. Satine

    Everyone has the right to go and watch a movie that appeals to them. I am certain Ironmen 2 will be a good movie to watch but I don't understand why there is so much negativity toward the Twilight Saga. There seems to be two sides, you either hate it or love it. I am in the middle. I enjoyed the books, however the movies have not lived up to the adaptation of the novel to screen. Although I love looking at Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, the tone, acting, and storytelling has not fulfilled my expectations I was hoping for in Twilight and especially New Moon. Yet poorly made films aimed toward the male population or fanboys have never been this vocal as the Twilight Saga has been in other articles and blogs. I will see Eclipse and hope that this film will be better than New Moon. This franchise has changed what girls and women want to watch on screen and the film industry should take notes and deliver films that will turn a profit for the studios and yet have a feminine perspective instead of the male dominated films that we have had to endure, although some have been good I believe times are a changing.

  19. nola

    This success of The Runnaways is because Kristen and Dakota, indie movie would never earn that much.
    :)

  20. Britfan

    The Runaways is about to open in the UK this summer. I am so excited! I already saw and enjoyed Remember Me. Even though neither film was a huge hit at the American box office, I've seen loads of good reviews for Kristen and Robert.

    I'll probably see TR in London, maybe even before Eclipse. I'm glad my favorite couple and movie stars are branching out and getting some critical love. The critics are too harsh on Twilight. It's just romance. I will be waiting with bated breath for Bel Ami and On the Road.

  21. mh

    >>>>>>>>>>>I have a question shouldn't they have a seperate chart for IMax/3D films.

    Absolutely. I've tried doing that with AVATAR — to calculate # of tickets sold (in terms of ranking), with the assistance of Box Office Mojo's all-time (domestic) inflation-adjusted chart.

    Much to the irritation of AVATAR fans, I might add…

    Those two below were my last posts on the “Avatar” box-office issue…

    http://www.altfg.com/blog/movies-431/avatar-box-office-ben-hur/

    http://www.altfg.com/blog/movies-431/avatar-box-office-shrek-2-ghostbusters/

  22. pc

    I have a question shouldn't they have a seperate chart for IMax/3D films. I mean the last Imax I went to see I paid $17 compared to 11.50 for regular theatres. So obviously the Imax film has a box office advantage over the films that are not in Imax. Just sayin'.

  23. pc

    everything the article point out is correct. Hollywood gears most of their movies toward fanboys. Girls are second class citizens. They don't think we're important. Well we're making them take notice aren't we.? Now I'm not going to see Iron Man bc it's just not my cup of tea. For those who enjoy it more power to you.

    as for Twilight I enjoyed the books more than the films I've seen so far. I just have to wait and see what Eclipse looks like.

  24. Teciba

    fair enough for the both of movies, and i did not think there is any short of need to achieve one and other in numbers. because most of the times movie are impressive with good use of drama and both are tuning with own identities. one is romantic and other is factional.

  25. vanpat

    I agree with you nola. I've never read Twilight book, I just enjoyed the film so much and Twilight movie is so much better than any other film nowsaday that only emphasize on violence.

  26. bree

    hi my bday is may8 jest wanted to piont that out ok cool

  27. nola

    I like Twilight because of actors Rukia! A lot od people I know never read the books but they have enjoyed movies.

    I am huge fan of Kristen Stewart, she is excellent actress.

  28. Anjana

    Just Because New Moon Was better than Iron Man in terms of figures does'nt mean New moon is better than Iron Man.Iron Man is Very long way better than New Moon.IRON MAN Rocks

  29. sakshi

    Rukia
    i agree you on that i also enjoy harry potter far more than twilight books and movies but i have crush on Robert Pattinson

  30. Rukia

    I like Iron Man way better than Twilight, due to the fact that the actors suck; people only see Twilight because of the books, which aren't that good anyway, but okay, I have to say. Who cares if Twilight did better in the box office and Iron Man is addressed to men more than women? That doesn't make Twilight a better movie; but whatever, people have their opinions; I like the guy movies, even if I am a girl. Chick flicks bore me and I need the action, which is part of the reason I enjoy Harry Potter far more than the Twilight books and movies; and also Twilight is pretty sexist anyway, as Bella is a mary sue, none of the girls do anything, but girl stuff, e.g, cooking and cleaning.

  31. Val

    You forgot to mention that New Moon did so much box office without Imax or a two hundred million dollar budget. Iron Man 2 needs around $350 million just to break even after costs and marketing. I didn't think the article was biased. It was the writer's opinion. To call someone a lesbian because you don't agree with their opinion is juvenile. Please grow up, Tina. I can't wait to see Eclipse break all the records this summer. I love Rob, Kristen, and Taylor. They helped make the movies fun again for millions of females around the world.

  32. bettyel

    Monique,
    I agree with you entirely. Thank you for the Mother's Day good wishes. It is so nice to read a series of books, and see the movies, where there is no cursing, smoking, liquor, and nudity. I love the romance part of The Twilight Saga, and while many people like action pictures like Iron Man, there are also many people of all ages and both sexes, who like love stories. I am hoping there is lots of Edward and Bella in Eclipse along with all the action and fighting. Enjoy you Mother's Day too.

  33. TwiFangirl28

    Good. Men are always putting women/girls down for loving Twilight. I'm glad Iron Man 2 isn't breaking records. Twifans had a celebration on Twitter that the one day is still in our hands. Twifans are also planning Eclipse Friday and Saturday to make sure that the movie breaks record. It will beat TDK and the fanboys will be up in arms. I'm so happy that us girls finally have some power at the summer box office. Get ready for a summer of handsome sparkly vampires and half naked wolfboys, stiletto heels, and romance. It's about time.

  34. monique

    bettyel,sorryl you really have a crush on rpattz amen i am25 and i have a huge crush on him also in fact i lov him with godly love B if i may call you that rob is going to reach so far in his career all those critic who spoke ill about his work will eat there words in the not to distance future i do not know you personally but i believe you know what you're talking about irespect you and by the wat happy mothers day rob is a darling isn't he

  35. bettyel

    I believe and hope that Eclipse will shatter even New Moon's opening day record. Can hardly wait to see it and I am a 74 year old happily married grandmother with a huge crush on Robert Pattinson. I think he is the hottest guy on the planet (except for my husband), a very good actor and a seemingly decent person.

  36. Satine

    What the heck was that all about? Tina stop being so spiteful. If you read the article there is no mention of men being bad and women being good. She is stating a fact that for the first time a franchise geared toward women is leaving a big mark in Hollywood and that maybe more movies need to be aimed toward women than 12 year old boys. You notice the previous summers have had Batman, Spiderman, Superman, The Dark Knight, all martial-arts related movies, etc., etc., are aimed towards young men and males longing for nostalgia. I admit the Twilight movies are not masterpieces of filmwork but they have served their purpose for young and older women to enjoy. Also why do women resort to men's ways. You may not agree with the article but you should have never let it get personal, it is most unattractive for men, boys, women, and girls.
    So little class in social networking.

  37. mh

    >>>>>>>>>>>>People like you who are so biased should not be allowed to have an opinion.
    This opinion was so men are bad and women are good. Keep your lesbian feelings to yourself.

    Good thing I read this before anyone else, or your hilarious comment would have been trashed right away.

    I just wanted to say you're absolutely right. You clearly read my piece very carefully. I do say in there that Men are Bad, Women Are Good, don't I?

    So, I fully agree with you. Only thoughtful, well-balanced, well-informed, non-biased people such as yourself should be allowed to have opinions.

  38. nola

    why are you insulting? what lesbian? get yourself tina!

    For example I am Twilight fan and I have seen Irona man. I love both movies.

  39. Tina

    What's your point? It's still a good movie. People like you who are so biased should not be allowed to have an opinion.
    This opinion was so men are bad and women are good. Keep your lesbian feelings to yourself.

  40. Billie B

    I don't believe Alice opened on Thursday or it might have earned more on opening weekend.
    Glad Ironman is doing well.

  41. Piotr Pijosky

    In my opinion the first Iron Man was a great movie. Its only flaw was its action, or lack there of. You could tell that director (Jon Favreau) wasn't quite sure what he could or couldn't do with the character. With the sequel he tries to compensate for that tenfold by filling the screen with explosive fight sequences featuring both human and metal casualties.