Iron Man 3 Aiming For $170 Million Opening Weekend

The summer blockbuster season officially kicked off with the release of Iron Man 3 on Friday, and at the rate the film is performing, it could be the second highest three-day weekend opening ever.

On Friday, Iron Man 3 debuted to a hefty $68.31 million making it the eighth biggest opening day ever. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse are the only films to do better in that category.

Compared to The Avengers, Iron Man 3 fell short of its debut at $80.8 million. However, after all the numbers are tallied on Monday, Iron Man 3 could potentially become the second highest three-day opening ever. Audiences gave the film an “A” CinemaScore, which should help the film–by word of mouth–break that record

Iron Man 3 has performed remarkably overseas with a current sum of $388.3 million and a global amount of $456.6 million. Considering the momentum generated from the international success combined with a forecast of $170 million at the conclusion of the three-day weekend, Iron Man 3 could over take Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which made $169.2 million to claim the second highest opening ever

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