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.