'Iron Man 2' conquers the world, United States next

iron-man-2-trailer-320.jpg"Iron Man 2" opened to huge box-office business overseas this weekend, raking in nine figures before it even hits theaters in the United States.

The sequel to the 2008 hit grossed $100.2 million in 53 countries worldwide over the weekend, according to numerous reports. Returns from the U.K. ($12.2 million), Mexico ($7.3 million) and Russia ($8.2 million) are way ahead of opening-weekend numbers for the first "Iron Man," which bodes well for its domestic release on Friday (May 7).

"Iron Man" made $102 million in its first weekend in U.S. theaters in 2008. With the big foreign numbers, forecasters are predicting a $150 million-plus opening for "Iron Man 2." If it lives up to expectations, it will easily pass "Alice in Wonderland's" $116 million for the best opening weekend of the year.

A nine-figure opening in the United States would also mean that the movie would recoup its reported $200 million production budget in just one week.

However "Iron Man 2" dominates the box office next week, its run at the top may not last an especially long time, a la "Avatar" in December and January. The summer movie season kicks off with its release, and it will face competition for the top spot from "Robin Hood" on May 14 and "Shrek Forever After" on May 21.

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