‘Iron Man 2′ Pulls In $7.5 Million At Midnight Screenings

Film is on track to make $140 million to $160 million, which could top 'Dark Knight' opening weekend.

“Iron Man 2″ has landed on U.S. soil, and it’s already doing big business. The sequel to 2008’s second-highest-grossing film reeled in $7.5 million during its midnight screenings early on Friday (May 7), according to multiple reports.

The Robert Downey Jr.-starring comic book adaptation opened at midnight on 2,500 screens and then expanded to a record-setting 4,380 screens for the bulk of the weekend. Those are impressive midnight numbers, but they’re nothing compared to the midnight performance of “New Moon” when it opened last November. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s vampire flick grossed a whopping $26.3 million on 3,500 screens.

Nonetheless, “Iron Man 2″ is tracking in the neighborhood of $140 million to $160 million for its opening weekend, giving it the chance to vanquish “The Dark Knight” ($158 million) for the biggest opening ever. And “Iron Man” has already grossed over $130 million internationally. What’s more, MovieTickets.com reports that 90 percent of all online ticket sales have been for “Iron Man” showings, including 842 sellouts as of Friday morning. Clearly, fans are pumped for more Tony Stark.

“I thought it a worthy sequel,” said MTV News reader Chuck. “The other characters were more developed without killing the popcorn fun of this movie. It is worth going to the theater to see on a big screen. I will go again soon and will add to my Blu-ray collection when it hits stores.”

Reader Jonathan wrote: “I thought it was pretty good. Better than the first? I’d say close. The drone thing didn’t appeal to me though. And as for Whiplash, I thought he was pretty badass. And of course it was CGI-heavy. How could you possibly expect to make a movie like this without the CGI being abundant? I would definitely see it again.”

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