Iron Man 2 Is An International Box Office Hit

Published 5 years ago by , Updated May 4th, 2010 at 10:48 am,

Iron Man 2 international figures Iron Man 2 Is An International Box Office HitThere’s no stopping Iron Man 2.

Early International figures state that the Paramount film is already a massive hit – despite it not opening in the US until this weekend. The Tony Stark adventure has so far grossed more than $100 million – more than the start of the first film two years ago!

Iron Man 2 was released early in 53 international markets so that the film would have room to breathe before the rest of the world goes World Cup crazy.

Iron Man 2’s international gross is even more impressive considering that the film hasn’t opened in Germany, Japan and China. Robert Downey Jr.’s first superhero effort opened to $99 million in 2008 – and that included the grosses for its debut in Germany.

The biggest start for Jon Favreau’s latest romp was in the UK, where it opened to a $12 million gross, including previews. The runner-up in the box office department was Korea, where the superhero sequel grabbed $11 million worth of green.

In Australia the Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson co-starring action pic brought in $9 million, while the film banked $8.5 million in France.

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With its US release looming, the future looks bright for Iron Man. The original film was something of a sleeper hit (if a $100 million dollar superhero film can be such a thing) due to Robert Downey Jr.’s starring role. It’s hard to believe that in 2008 the actor was box office poison with a troubled personal past. Then the film debuted to $98.6 million and went on to score over $300 million at the US box office alone. This second film looks set to smash that record – with some box office analysts expecting the film to out-gross The Dark Knight in its first three days. Christopher Nolan’s big budget Batman film brought in $158.4 million when it opened in the same summer as the first Marvel adventure.

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Reviews have been good for Iron Man 2 – but not as good as the original (read Vic’s Iron Man 2 review here), but that shouldn’t really hurt this film’s start. While it’s unlikely that Iron Man 2 will surpass The Dark Knight’s debut – it should come close, with a box office take in the region of $150 million.

After Iron Man 2, all eyes will be on Captain America and Thor. While the Chris Evans film should do well domestically, it will be a tough sell abroad where some countries find overt references to Americana difficult to market. Thor is something of an unknown quantity and although the Chris Hemsworth has a solid supporting cast including Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and director Kenneth Branagh, it remains to be seen if there’s a market for a Norse superhero on the big screen.

Then it’s on to The Avengers – which should be a cash cow on all fronts. The Marvel superhero mash-up is something that audiences haven’t seen on screens and director Joss Whedon would have to really mess things up for that to fail.

Having said that, I’m sure that somebody probably said that in 1996, a year before Joel Schumacher unleashed Batman & Robin with Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Clooney!

Keep reading Screen Rant to see how Iron Man 2 fares when in opens in the US.

Source: Deadline

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  1. “While the Chris Evans film should do well domestically, it will be a tough sell abroad where some countries find overt references to Americana difficult to market.”
    Especially over here in Germany.

  2. Hopefully Iron Man 2′s success will help to cement interconnectedness as the new standard for superhero films…

  3. I think the key to the Germany situation is to have some good people or a hero from Germany itself that was AGAINST the Nazi regime be shown in this movie. Most Germans are good,hard working and fun people and they were that way now,before & back in WWII also is was just that THE EVIL few bad apples of Nazis and Hitler overshadow Germany’s history which is sad. I’m not German but I could understand how Germans don’t want to always be associated with that, that’s why they should also be put in a positive light while the Nazis and Hitler be shown as some bad apples. HUNDREDS OF GOOD HEARTED GERMAN PEOPLE WERE UNWILLINGLY FORCED TO JOIN THE NAZIS DURING WWII.

  4. Let’s count the comments before a certain other comic book movie is mentioned and compared to this movie to start the argument… :-)

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  6. Unreal! $9 million for Iron Man 2 in a country with a population of 22 million. Awesome.

    It’s a great film and should do impressively well in the USA.

  7. Good for them!

  8. “Robert Downey Jr.’s first superhero effort opened to $99 million in 2007 – and that included the grosses for its debut in Germany.”

    Iron Man opened in 2007? In an alternate universe perhaps?

  9. dude Ive seen this movie seriously three times already in the cinema ofcourse I love it soooo much

  10. [very mild spoilers]

    I watched the movie last friday and I was terribly underwhelmed by the movie. There is practically no character development in the movie (just a little bit for Tony), and after the first attack in monaco, Vanko and Hammer are reduced to a caricature. I didn’t expect that from Rockwell, but Hammer is the worse character in the film, even worse than Johansson (I had fear of her as Romanov and my fears have come to reality). Rhodey is terrible also.

    I loved the first movie, one of the best comic – movie adaptations (with Spiderman 2, Batman: Begins and X2) but this one is terrible, even as an action movie there is nothing in it for moviegoers. I don’t know what happened but I think Favreau got lucky in the first one, but this time he has showed that he is not a very good director.

    PD: The party scene is so bad, it made me cry :_(
    PD: As a reference I think Transformes 2 is the worst movie I have watched in cinemas for the last years and Moon is the best movie I watched last year.

  11. Stay til the credits roll at the end of ironman 2 for a sneak peak of Marvels next movie THOR!!! Well worth the wait! Avengers is going to be amazing!!!

  12. @polar… u need to have reality check… if ya liked moon last year.. then m sure u dont have a good taste…:( :P

    iron man 2 is an amazing movie… must say better than first one….

    nw waiting for avengers..:)