'Iron Man 2' Blasts Away Box-Office Competition

Sequel surpasses first 'Iron Man' debut, but fails to beat 'The Dark Knight' for best opening weekend.

#1 [movie id="390378"]"Iron Man 2"[/movie] ($133.6 million)

#2 "A Nightmare on Elm Street" ($9.2 million)

#3 "Date Night" ($6.8 million)

#4 "How to Train Your Dragon" ($5.3 million)

#5 "The Back-Up Plan" ($4.3 million)

With repulsor rays armed to their fullest capacity, "Iron Man 2" burst off the ground and onto the big screen this weekend with all of the action and adventure a moviegoer would expect from Marvel Studios' premier franchise. The result was an extraordinary $133.6 million weekend, Paramount Pictures' single best debut of all time, as well as the fifth-best opening weekend in Hollywood history.

"Iron Man 2" began the weekend with an impressive $7.5 million start from 2,500 midnight showings on Thursday, expanding into a record-breaking 4,380 screens on Friday morning. But the records ended there, as "Iron Man 2" was unable to dethrone "The Dark Knight" ($158 million) for the best opening weekend of all time. Still, the Robert Downey Jr.-starring sequel was able to outperform its own predecessor, which earned $98.6 million during its first weekend in theaters in 2008.

In addition to its performance at the domestic box office, "Iron Man 2" earned a solid $57.2 million overseas from more than 10,000 theaters, bringing the film's foreign intake to $194 million and its global total to $327.6 million. Given its reported $200 million production budget, "Iron Man 2" didn't need to break any records this weekend in order to solidify its status as a highly lucrative endeavor for Marvel Studios.

A success in and of itself, "Iron Man 2" also represents a comeback of sorts for comic book films in general, as recent efforts "Kick-Ass" and "The Losers" failed to light up the box office as many had expected.

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" fell from first to second place this weekend with $9.2 million, a miniscule result compared to the might of "Iron Man 2." "Date Night," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "The Back-Up Plan" rounded out the top five.

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