And away we go, folks!
"Iron Man 2" hits the box office, officially launching the 2010 Summer movie season. Utilizing the tactic that worked during the first release - an early May timeslot, combined with a massive distribution of 4,380 screens (14 more than Dark Knight's bow) and literally no competition from the other studios - the sequel of the Comic Book hero pulled in $133.6 million for its opening weekend.
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The original film made $102.1 million. Despite the fact that some critics may not be enthralled with this new film as much as the studio had hoped, (though its currently sitting at 75% fresh) it sure blew the doors of to open the season.
Last weekend's #1 movie, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" plummeted from its perch at number one, falling 72% from its opening weekend numbers. And dropping out of the top ten completely this weekend were the Disney doc "Oceans" and the Lionsgate actioner "Kick Ass."
Here's the box office top ten according to studio estimates released Sunday:
1 (new) Iron Man 2 $133,600,000
2 (1) A Nightmare on Elm Street $9,170,000
3 (2) How to Train Your Dragon $6,760,000
4 (3) Date Night $5,300,000
5 (4) The Back-up Plan $4,345,000
6 (5) Furry Vengeance $4,000,000
7 (7) Clash of the Titans $2,305,000
8 (9) Death at a Funeral $2,100,000
9 (6) The Losers $1,800,000
10 (new) Babies $1,575,594