Iron Man 3: Box-Office Bonanza

May 5, 2013–The domestic three-day gross, projected at $175.3 million, Disney-Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” becomes the highest domestic opening weekend on record, second only to last year’s comic-based actioner from a related franchise, “The Avengers.”

Worldwide, including the overseas openings last week, the tentpole has accumulated $680.1 million thus far. Disney has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office for 2013 for the 19th consecutive year, the fastest it has ever done so.

This time last year, following a similar trajectory and similarly exceeding pre-weekend expectations, “Avengers” opened to $207.4 million Stateside. “Avengers” went onto a domestic lifetime total of $623 million, and a global lifetime total of $1.5 billion.