Iron Man 3 Has Monster $175.3M Open

But it's not enough to topple 'The Avengers'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 5, 2013 12:23 PM CDT

(Newser) Iron Man 3 had a massive opening weekend on American soil as expected, but its $175.3 million debut was only good enough for No. 2 of all time, falling well short of The Avengers' $207.4 million. It's still nothing to sneeze at, as Robert Downey Jr. and Co. have now taken in $680.1 million globally, notes the Hollywood Reporter, and managed to dethrone the final Harry Potter installment. Other movies did in fact exist this weekend, though quietly: Pain & Gain made $7.6 million to claim the No. 2 spot; 42 was third with $6.2 million; and Oblivion was fourth with $5.8 million. Click for Iron Man 3 reviews.

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, in Iron Man 3.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, in "Iron Man 3."   (AP Photo/Marvel, Film Frame)
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in a scene from Iron Man 3.
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in a scene from "Iron Man 3."   (AP Photo/Disney, Marvel Studios)
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in a scene from Iron Man 3.
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in a scene from "Iron Man 3."   (AP Photo/Disney, Marvel Studios)
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