Marvel, in conjunction with Paramount Pictures, released a film this weekend ... perhaps you've heard of it? Box Office Mojo reported that the Jon Favreau-helmed "Iron Man" earned $100.8 million on approximately 8,700 screens at 4,105 theaters for a $104.3 million tally including Thursday night previews for an average of $24,543 per site. Given that the film's budget was estimated at $140 million, this seems like a good start.
However, when you look at the international box office results (as was done at Comingsoon.net), you'll note that internationally, the film has also earned an incredible $96.7 million in 57 countries since it began opening Wednesday, putting its worldwide total at $201 million after just five days. This is now the tenth biggest movie opening of all time and the fourth largest of super hero-themed films. Among nonsequels, it came in behind only the first "Spider-Man," which opened with $114.8 million. As far as May openings, "Iron Man" came in at #8, just behind "X-Men: The Last Stand's" $102.8 million when you look at the three-day figure (not counting Thursday night). Fu fact? It's also the second largest film of the year thus far.
With this deluge of dollars flowing towards Marvel after their metal-minded movie, it's no surprise when you find the story at Yahoo! Finance that spotlighted the company's first quarter reports. In that filing, it was revealed that the sequel "Iron Man 2" will be released April 30th, 2010 as the lead-off for three other "Avengers" related projects -- big news for Marvel's other big summer tentpole, "The Incredible Hulk," which will debut on June 13th of this year.
As of press time, Marvel stock was up $2.09 to $32.34 per share.