FRIDAY UPDATE: Iron Man 3 crossed the $1 billion global mark after 23 days in release. It is only the second Marvel film to break the billion dollar barrier, and the fourth Disney film to do so after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Marvel's The Avengers. Iron Man 3 crossed the $300 million milestone in North America after 14 days in release, the 9th Disney film to reach the figure.
THURSDAY UPDATE: Iron Man 3 reached $990.2 million globally yesterday, led by a strong $691.9 million grood from overseas. It is a matter of days before the films reaches the $1 billion mark.
WEDNESDAY UPDATE - Iron Man 3 can break the $1 billion global mark by Friday. The superhero film is posting Avengers-like global numbers, reaching $980.3 million to date. It is now the #13 film among highest grossing films in the overseas markets and occupies #18 on the all-time global box office list. Iron Man has now outgrossed the global numbers of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ($963M), Jurassic Park ($967M), and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($975M).
Iron Man 3 is days away from reaching the $1 billion global benchmark after grossing $89.3 million overseas this weekend for a $949 million global total. The overseas total for Iron Man 3 is $664.1 million across 55 territories, including a whopping $95.2 million from China. The latest entry in the Iron Man franchise has surpassed the global totals of Captain America ($369M), Thor ($449M), Iron Man ($585M), Iron Man 2 ($624M), Amazing Spiderman ($752M), Spiderman 2 ($784M), Spiderman ($822M), and Spiderman 3 ($891M). It is the highest grossing film of all time in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Star Trek Into Darkness began its overseas roll-out over the weekend, grossing $31.7 million in seven markets. The combined figures from these territories are almost 70% better than the results of 2009's Star Trek in the same territories. The U.K. is the biggest market on the list, where the sci-fi film grossed $13.3 million in 556 locations. Star Trek: Into Darkness will began a large-scale expansion next weekend and will cover all the major international markets throughout the summer.
Oblivion opened in China this weekend and grossed $8.5 million. It's a mild victory for Oblivion, outgrossing the Chinese performance of director Joseph Kosinski last sci-fi film, Tron: Legacy, but far from any lofty blockbuster expectations that Tom Cruise's star-power suggests. The film's overseas total is $160.9 million with a global cume of $242.5 million.
The Croods added another $17.3 million overseas this weekend, breaking the $500 million global mark with a $536.4 million cume. The animated film is an overwhelming success for a non-franchise animated feature. It has grossed $363.2 million overseas.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation reached a $237.9 overseas total and a $357.6 million global cume. The action film opens in Japan, its last major market, on June 8.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters reached a $169.1 million overseas total and has now grossed $224.8 million globally.
Jurassic Park 3D got the green-light for a release date from China, which will be announced in the coming weeks. It should help the re-release gain higher numbers; the Steven Spielberg dinosaur epic has currently grossed $9.8 million overseas and $54.5 million globally.