On its first day of release Friday, Marvel Studio’s “Iron Man 2″ rocketed to #1 in domestic gross with an estimated 52.4 million dollars at the box office.
That christened the summer boxoffice season in grand style; however, based on that lofty yet not-strong-enough figure, it doesn’t look like the Man of Iron’s sequel will surpass the record-breaking weekend that the July 2008 opening of “The Dark Knight” claimed: 158.4 million dollars!!
“Iron Man 2″ is on pace to finish the 3 day start in the $125 million-$135 million neighborhood.
IM2 cost at least $170 million to produce.
Reviews have been mostly positive but not over the top. Good word of mouth may help it to sustain weekend momentum through Mother’s Day.