Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 has become the No. 2 superhero pic of all time at the international box office. The Robert Downey Jr. tentpole is bested only by fellow Marvel pic “The Avengers” and has hit $1 billion in global tickets sales. From Disney and Marvel Studios, the threequel is bested only by fellow Marvel title The Avengers, which took in $1.5 billion last summer and also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.
Iron Man 3 hit another milestone on Thursday when it crosses the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office and jumped the $300 million mark in North America. In terms of global standing, Iron Man 3 has now surpassed Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963 million), Jurassic Park ($967 million) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($975 million) to become the 16th highest-grossing film of all time.
After North America, Iron Man 3 has taken in the most in China ($102.4 million), followed by Korea ($55.6 million), U.K. ($49.7 million), Mexico ($43.6 million) and Russia ($40.2 million).
Iron Man 3 faces competition this weekend in North America and select territories from JJ Abram’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which opened Thursday domestically. And on Wednesday, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby narrowly edged past Iron Man 3 ($3.9 million versus $3.5 million) to top the domestic chart. Gatsby has earned $63.3 million in its first six days.
Culled from Hollywoodreporter