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‘Iron Man 3’ Commanding Huge Dollars Overseas

Could it be ‘The Avengers’ boost? Or just that good?


Who is bigger than all of “The Avengers?” “Iron Man 3.” At least, it’s the biggest right this moment.

Just a week before it opens all over North America, the Robert Downey Jr. vehicle has already earned $193.5 million overseas, according to Forbes. It’s already ahead of “The Avengers,” which would become the third-highest-grossing movie of all time in terms of domestic box office, and well ahead of what this film was doing its last time out.

The current film is a little more than $100 million away from its total international box office take in 2010 where it earned $311.1 million. It’s also set to outpace the first film in 2008 that earned $263.8 million overseas.

It does have a little ways to go if it wants to beat “Avengers” overseas. That film raked in $891 million internationally, on its way for a total box office smash of $1.5 billion. For one movie. If it wants to try and reach both total charts, it’s going to need at least a $200 million opening this coming weekend in North America — something that is definitely within reach.

It would also be the largest opening of all time for an Iron Man film, the last one which earned $128 million for its first weekend.

Critics website Rotten Tomatoes has just a little more than 60 verdicts so far from the professionals, but it’s earning a 90 percent ranking. William Goss from Film.com said that the film is either a “Marvel movie in the guise of a Shane Black action-comed, or the other way around. Regardless, it’s an awful lot of fun.”

Black, whose previous directing work was simply 2005’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (with Robert Downey Jr.), took a turn to direct “Iron Man 3,” stepping in for Jon Favreau. That director instead worked on two other films, “Magic Kingdom” and “Jersey Boys.”

“Iron Man 3” opens May 3.

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