Clapboard – Iron Man Is Golden

LOS ANGELES ~ Marvel comics’ adaptation of Iron Man struck gold at the box office at the weekend to become one of only 10 films to gross US$100 million in its opening weekend, industry figures showed.

The fast-paced action film, starring Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark who invents an armored suit to help him save the world, raked in $102.1 million in its debut, Exhibitor Relations said.

With an additional $97 million from overseas box-office, Iron Man is already well on the way to becoming one of the year’s biggest blockbusters.

Trailing a distant second, with a take of $14.8 million, was romantic comedy Made of Honor, which stars Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan as friends who inch towards love as they plan Monaghan’s marriage to another man.

Slipping to third place was last week’s box office topper, Baby Mama, a surrogate motherhood comedy starring former Saturday Night Live comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, which netted $10.1 million.

Harold and Kumar Escape Guantanamo took fourth spot with $6.1 million. The sequel to 2004 Harry and Kumar go to White Castle sees stoner buddies landing in the notorious Guantanamo jail after being mistaken for terrorists on a plane.

In fifth place with $6 million was Forgetting Sarah Marshall, billed as “the world’s first romantic disaster comedy,” starring British comedian Russell Brand.

The Forbidden Kingdom, the first movie pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li, dropped from third to sixth spot on its second weekend, with $4.2 million.

Nim’s Island, a youth-oriented tropical adventure with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, took seventh place with $2.7 million.

Prom Night, a remake of a 1980 horror film, carved out $2.4 million to take eighth spot, three weekends after it topped the charts.

In ninth place was gambling drama 21, another former box office topper, which earned $2 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was 88 minutes, starring Al Pacino as a college professor and part-time FBI psychiatrist hunting down a killer.

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