Having surpassed the box office haul of The Dark Knight Rises late last week to become the highest-grossing solo superhero movie, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 has now moved above Skyfall, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon to crack the top five in the list of the biggest earners of all time.
Since rolling out across the globe from late April, Iron Man 3 has pulled in $367.5 million on home soil, as well as a stellar international take of $774.8 million to give Marvel’s first Phase Two offering a global haul of $1.142 billion.
The Robert Downey Jr.-headlined sequel has obviously benefited from the success of last year’s The Avengers, and should now go on to exceed the total gross of both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 combined ($1.209 billion, if you’re wondering).
However, it could struggle to climb any further in the all time chart, with the $1.341 billion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 looking like it could be a step too far.
Iron Man 3 sees Downey leading a cast that includes Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as Rhodey / Iron Patriot, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, James Badge Dale as Savin and Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen.