May 8th, 7:00am: “Iron Man 2” pulled in an estimated $52 million on its opening day in the United States, a number that includes $7.5 million from Thursday midnight shows reports Deadline Hollywood.
That figure has early estimates of a three-day opening weekend at around $130-140 million, placing it around about the fourth highest opening weekend of all time – just shy of last year’s “New Moon” at $142.8 million. Saturday’s tallies however could impact those estimates quite suddenly.
One record it has broken is the widest domestic release in history, playing in 4,380 U.S. theaters. Internationally the film, which opened last Friday, has finished its first week with an overseas tally just shy of $140 million.
Reviews were generally good for the sequel, pulling in 74 % and a 6.5/10 average score on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 57/100 metascore and 7.5/10 user score on Metacritic. In comparison the more acclaimed first “Iron Man” pulled in a 93% (7.6/10) on RT and a 79/100 (8.3/10) on MC.
May 9th, 12:02pm: “Iron Man 2” took in $46.5 million on Saturday, and the studio has released an estimate of $133.6 million for the three-day weekend. It is the fifth biggest opening weekend, just behind “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” with $135.6 million.
If final numbers do better than expected tomorrow, that could push it above that mark but it likely won’t top New Moon’s $142.8M opening. It’s certainly the biggest opening of the year thus far, ahead of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” with $116.1 million.