IMAX Corporation and Marvel Entertainment announced today that Marvel’s Iron Man 3 has grossed an estimated $28.6 million for the weekend in 592 IMAX theaters worldwide, setting an all-time global IMAX opening weekend record. The film, which premiered in North America Friday , May 3, and returns star Robert Downey Jr. to his now-iconic title role, established several other IMAX records and benchmarks, including:
– The film generated $15.6 million domestically, setting a new IMAX opening-weekend record for May and establishing the second-best IMAX opening weekend in North America.
– Multiple individual theater opening weekend records with 27 IMAX theaters establishing new Friday records, and 22 setting new marks for Saturday.
– Record-breaking IMAX openings in key territories, including China ( $63,000 per screen), Russia ( $77,000 per screen) and Ukraine ( $47,000 per screen).
Iron Man 3 has now grossed $39.3 million in IMAX at the global box office, and the film overall has grossed $174.2 million domestically and $677 million globally so far.
Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Exhibition Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios, said, “IMAX continues to be an in-demand format for premium, immersive moviegoing experiences like those created by Marvel’s action-packed films, and we’re very proud of the record-setting performance of ‘Marvel’s Iron Man 3′ on IMAX screens around the world.”
“‘Iron Man 3′ is a bona fide global hit and the perfect property to kick off the summer season,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. “Films like this form a strong foundation for our portfolio and we once again congratulate Marvel, Disney and the film’s cast and crew for creating a film that so clearly resonates with IMAX fans around the world.”