Iron Man 3 Rockets To U.S. Number One With $175 Million Haul

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May 5, 2013 | 12:51pm EST

Iron Man 3 has scored the second highest-grossing opening weekend in U.S. history.
The sequel has crushed the competition around the world, and now it has soared to the top of the American box office with a staggering $175.3 million three-day total.
That means Robert Downey, Jr. and Marvel Studios have the top two opening-weekend box office killers – last year’s The Avengers is the only film to have debuted with better figures – it remains the only movie to hit number one with more than $200 million in the U.S.
Last week, Iron Man 3 landed the biggest opening day ever in China and became the biggest April release ever in Italy.
The third installment in the blockbuster Marvel franchise has now earned over $600 million at the global box office.