'Iron Man 3' pulls in $175M at box office

Sunday, May 05, 2013
Still of Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3.

Still of Robert Downey Jr. in 'Iron Man 3.' (Courtesy of Marvel)

"Iron Man 3" had a monster opening weekend with a $175.3 million domestic opening weekend.

The latest sequel also had a worldwide total of $680.1 million.

No other solo superhero - not even Batman or Spider-Man - has managed this kind of business.

"Iron Man 3" had the second-biggest domestic debut ever, behind the $207.4 million start over the same weekend last year for "The Avengers," which teamed Downey's Stark with other Marvel Comics heroes. The new sequel surpassed the $169.2 million opening for 2011's "Harry Potter" finale, the previous second-place debut.

In a distant second place was "Pain & Gain" with $7.6 million, followed in third place by by "42" with $6.2 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Iron Man 3," $175.3 million ($175.9 million international).
2. "Pain & Gain," $7.6 million.
3. "42," $6.2 million.
4. "Oblivion," $5.8 million ($6.5 million international).
5. "The Croods," $4.2 million ($17.4 million international).
6. "The Big Wedding," $3.9 million ($2.5 million international).
7. "Mud," $2.2 million.
8. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $1.8 million.
9. "Scary Movie 5," $1.4 million ($4 million international).
10. "The Place Beyond the Pines," $1.3 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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