'Iron Man 3' dominates box office with $175.3 million, breaks record
Robert Downey Jr.'s highly-anticipated action film "Iron Man 3" dominated the weekend box office.
The action adventure film, which premiered on Friday, May 3, opened to a record-breaking $175.3 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film's debut marks the second best opening -- ever -- only trailing Joss Whedon's Marvel film, "The Avengers."
Overseas, where the Disney and Marvel threequel opened last weekend, the film grossed $175.9 million, putting the 3D movie's international cume at $504.8 million and worldwide haul at $680.1 million, according to THR.
In the new sequel to the hit Marvel film franchise, Tony Stark, portrayed by Downey Jr., battles a new enemy - the Mandarin, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, and viewers also get to see the Marvel comic book character Iron Patriot. Don Cheadle's character, James Rhodes, will appear as War Machine.
Additional newcomers include British actors Guy Pearce, who portrays the geneticist Aldrich Killian, and Rebecca Hall, who stars as fellow scientist Maya Hansen. Jon Favreau, who directed the first two "Iron Man" movies, stars as Happy Hogan.
Downey Jr. flew around the world to promote the film, accompanied by co-star Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Stark's love interest Pepper Potts, as well as his wife and production partner, Susan.
They visited countries such as South Korea, France, England (see photos), Russia and Germany, where the actor wore traditional German lederhosen (see photos) to honor his mother who is of German descent.
In the No. 2 spot was Michael Bay's action drama film, "Pain & Gain," which earned $7.6 million, according to the outlet. The film, which was released on Friday, April 26, opened to a solid $20 million.
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Anthony Mackie star in the crime drama that follows a trio of bodybuilders in Florida who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. The movie is based on a true story.
The film's star, Johnson, took part in a Twitter "RockTalk" chat with fans to promote the action movie. During the candid chat, the former wrestler opened up about his plans to work with Wahlberg again, his love for country music and his wrestling future (Read 7 highlights from the actor's "RockTalk").
In the No. 3 spot for the weekend box office was the Jackie Robinson biopic, "42" which made $6.2 million in its fourth week. The film follows the real life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
The No. 4 spot was nabbed by Tom Cruise's sci-fi adventure film, "Oblivion," which earned $5.8 million in its third week. In the film, a veteran is assigned to extract earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. The film also stars Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.
Rounding out the top five is Disney's animated film, "The Croods," which earned $945,000 in its seventh week, according to the outlet.
Check out the trailers for "Iron Man 3" and "Pain and Gain" below.