LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Marvel Entertainment announced that Marvel's Iron Man 3 has grossed an estimated $7.1 million in 113 IMAX® theatres since its open on Wednesday, April 24, through yesterday. The debut broke IMAX opening records in Taiwan, the Netherlands, Brazil and the Philippines.
Iron Man 3's international IMAX performance is currently tracking ahead of the pace set last year by Marvel's The Avengers, which also featured star Robert Downey Jr. in the iconic Iron Man role. Iron Man 3 averaged $63,000 per IMAX engagement over its strong debut weekend abroad.
Overall, Iron Man 3 enjoyed a staggering $198.4 million international debut, according to studio estimates, opening No. 1 in each of the 42 international markets in which it premiered this past weekend, trumping the $185 million foreign opening established by The Avengers in 2012. Iron Man 3 opens May 1 in China and May 3 in North America.
"The performance of Marvel Entertainment properties in IMAX has been nothing short of sensational and Iron Man 3 has just raised the bar another notch," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. "We congratulate Marvel and filmmaker Shane Black for creating yet another film that so clearly resonates with IMAX audiences around the world."
MONDAY UPDATE: Disney is reporting even more robust numbers for the overseas opening of Iron Man 3. The superhero film fell just shy of breaking the $200 million mark on its first week, grossing an estimated $198.4 million in 42 territories. This represents about 79% of the global market, with upcoming releases still scheduled in major territories like Russia, China, and Germany.
The global cume includes $7.1 million grossed from 113 IMAX screens, a $63,000 per-screen average. The grosses set new IMAX opening records for Taiwan, the Netherlands, Brazil and the Philippines.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Iron Man 3 broke multiple box office records this weekend, grossing $195.3 million in 42 territories a week ahead of its U.S. release.
Iron Man 3 recorded the highest opening weekend ever in Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The third entry in Marvel's Iron Man franchise is #1 in every market and now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time in Latin America and Asia Pacific.
The U.K. leads the charge, bringing in $21.5 million of the overseas total. South Korea is not far behind with $19.2 million. The film grossed $18.4 million in Australia and won the second highest opening weekend of all time in Mexico with $16.1 million. Iron Man 3 grossed $14.7 million in France and holds Brazil's third biggest opening weekend with $12.3 million.
Oblivion finally slowed down, facing direct competition from Iron Man 3. The Tom Cruise sci-fi film grossed$12.8 million with no new openings over the weekend. Oblivion has grossed $134.1 million overseas and has a global cume of $198.8 million. A May 10 China release will be sandwiched between Iron Man 3 (May 1) and Django Unchained (May 12), where Tom Cruise'sis drawing power in China will be put to the test.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation brought in $10.2 million over the weekend to raise its overseas total to $232.7 million. It has benefited from a strong performance in China, where it has grossed $50 million in two weeks in release. The global cume for the film is $349 million.
The Croods crossed the $300 million benchmark this weekend, reaching an overseas total of $308 million. The new film from Dreamworks Animation is now the 25th most successful animated film of all time at the global box office. The Croods has a global cume of $471 million.
FRIDAY UPDATE: Iron Man 3 has gorssed $36.5 million in 27 territories. The Robert Downey superhero film opened in 15 additional markets on Thursday after a record breaking opening day in 12 territories on Wednesday. The film grossed $3.6 million in the U.K. and $3 million in South Korea on its opening day. Leading markets include Australia, where the film has grossed a commanding $8.1 million ahead of the weekend. Iron Man 3 will be released in China on May 1st.
THURSDAY: Iron Man 3 opened in twelve territories on Wednesday and grossed an estimated $13.2M in its first day in release.
The film made $3.4 million in Australia, the second biggest opening day gross for a Marvel film after The Avengers. It is #3 all-time in the superhero category for opening day grosses, trailing behind The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. It reached the $600,000 mark in nearby New Zealand, representing the second-highest Marvel and Disney opening day after The Avengers.
Iron Man 3 took in $3 million in France and posted the best opening day numbers of the year in Italy with $2.1 million. The film broke the opening day record in the Philippines with $1.5 million, the best first-day performance of all-time in the country. It broke the same record in Taiwan, posting the highest grossing opening day with $1.4 million.
Check back with us in the coming days as we bring you the latest updates on the overseas premiere of Iron Man 3 and all the news from the global box office.
Oblivion was the highest grossing film in the global box office for the second consecutive weekend. The success of Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster did not come out of the weekend unchallenged. Domestic films provided tough competition in Brazil (Vai Que Da Certo), France (Les Profs), South Korea (Legendary Fist), Mexico (Nosotros Los Nobles), Russia (Legend No. 17). The sci-fi film was also dethroned in several key markets, raising the possibility of a steeper drop in future weeks. How well will Oblivion fare in its third week with the upcoming overseas roll-out of Iron Man 3 this weekend?
Overseas Box Office Charts for Weekend of April 19-21, 2013: