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Believe The Hype! $100 Millon Iron Man

May 4, 2008

*Updated 08-04-04* Among any kind of movie, Iron Man posted the 10th biggest opening ever. Boxofficemojo.com is reporting a domestic gross of $104,259,000 (usd) and an International gross of $96,750,000 (usd). Combined Worldwide: $201,000,000. Scroll down for reviews and ratings.

From E!online – Iron Man grossed $100.8 million, per studio estimates compiled Sunday by Exhibitor Relations Co., a number that makes the Robert Downey Jr. film second only to Spider-Man for comic-book movie debuts.

The estimate does not include the movie’s Thursday night sneaks. If it did, it’d be $3.5 million higher. [skip]

Already, Iron Man is in heavyweight company. Its opening was bigger than those of Batman Begins ($48.7 million), Superman Returns ($52.5 million), the first two X-Men movies and Spider-Man 2 ($88.2 million).

Not bad for a character that’s considered B-list to the Spider-Man-, Batman-, Superman-populated A-list.

Among none comic book movie sequels, only the original Spider-Man topped $90 million in its opening weekend. (The 2002 film grossed a phenomenal $114.8 million.)

Among any kind of movie, Iron Man posted the 10th biggest opening ever.

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As Steve Mason of Fantasy Moguls reports, the film could surge to $100 million based on three aspects: 1) Some of the larger multiplexes in the country added 1AM and 1:15AM screenings due to the high demand. All of these ticket sales would be added to the Saturday gross, 2) Cinema Score exit surveys show that audiences are giving the film A+/A grades across the board, and 3) its PG-13 rating makes it family-friendly which means it should receive a signficant matinee bounce today.

A very good start to the summer movie season, and especially for Paramount, who are expected to have a $1 billion summer. Mason predicts Iron Man may be headed to a $300M domestic take, and Paramount still has Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which could hit $400 million, followed by Kung Fu Panda in June which could reach $200M and possible $100M+ takes for Mike Myers’ Love Guru in July and Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder in August.

I thought I’d share some reviews and the latest (as of this post) Rotten Tomatoes rating and some reviews in the zeitgeist. Enjoy.

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Rotten Tomatoes Best-Reviewed Wide Releases of 2008:

94% — Iron Man
92% — U2 3D
85% — Forgetting Sarah Marshall
80% — The Spiderwick Chronicles
77% — Cloverfield

Reviews Counted: 140 Fresh: 132 Rotten:8 Average Rating: 7.6/10
Consensus: Even non-comics fans can enjoy this smart, high impact superhero movie. Director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey make this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comics fans can enjoy. more
Best-Reviewed Superhero Movies
Spider-Man 2 (2004) — 93 percent
Superman: The Movie (1978.) — 93 percent
Spider-Man (2002) — 90 percent
X2: X-Men United (2003) — 87 percent
Superman II (1980) — 87 percent
Batman Begins (2005) — 84 percent
X-Men (2000) — 80 percent
Hellboy (2004) — 79 percent
Superman Returns (2006) — 77 percent

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From Metacritic.com:

Iron Man reviews
Critic Score
78 Metascore out of 100
based on 35 reviews
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How did we calculate this?

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Iron Man is an unusually good superhero picture. Or at least — since it certainly has its problems — a superhero movie that’s good in unusual ways. — A.O. Scott, New York Times

The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise throbs with dramatic energy. — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

It’s Iron Man to the rescue, yanking movies and the worldwide box office out of its months-long doldrums and into the stratosphere. — Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

Ever-eclectic director Jon Favreau, who briefly pops up onscreen as a Stark minion, maintains a brisk but not frantic pace, and, in concert with lenser Matthew Libatique, production designer J. Michael Riva and the first-rate visual effects team, has made an unusually elegant looking film for the genre. — Todd McCarthy, Variety

This middle section, in which the newly energized Tony tinkers with his emerging superpowers like a kid in shop class, is the movie’s finest and funnest hour. — Dana Stevens, Slate

With such smarts and outstanding special effects, I eagerly await a second “Iron Man” movie, which of course is virtually promised in the final scene. — Lou Lumenick, New York PostG.P @ LA Premier, From PopSugar.com

That performance comes courtesy of Robert Downey Jr., who has taken the two-bit adjective of “billionaire playboy” — the descriptives assigned to the role of military industrialist Tony Stark — and fashioned a reasonable character arc, that of a death dealer who finds his conscience. — Jim Slotek, The London Free Press

“Iron Man” – which officially opens Friday but is being shown tonight at many Bay Area movie houses – is as complex as its conflicted protagonist. It’s a slickly engineered special-effects extravaganza with a saucy sense of humor, a well-acted adult take on juvenile escapism. — Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Actually feels like a classic comic book: fast, furious and flip. Forget about superheroes with love problems and tortured souls. — Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

A superhero flick with the message that an arms dealer can see the light and give up the business of making a profit on the death of others. — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

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*Updated 08-03-05* Iron Man was great, a few mis-steps but one of my favorite comic book to films. Hint: No spoilers here… but stay put and watch the credits, (or text friends how wonderful the movie is) there’s a bonus there.

I’m was so excited to see this tomorrow evening (this evening?) with my son. Iron Man was one of my favorites. I liked him in the Avengers but when the “Demon In A Bottle” storyline began in ’78 – ’79 I was hooked. I’ve been waiting for this movie for years. I wasn’t one of the people scratching their collective heads at the casting of Robert Downey, jr. He’s THE best actor of his generation. I’ve watched him grow as an actor from the 80’s sex romps to SNL to his own ’90’s sex romps. He was amazing in Chaplin. I still don’t know how he didn’t win the OSCAR in ’93. I knew that his wit, charm and his own demons would shine through as Tony.

My own end of the blog Easter Egg below:
Iron Man Mark 3 Assembly

by Quantum_of_solace

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