Magazine article Screen International

Iron Man 3 Tops UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Iron Man 3 Tops UK Box Office

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The latest Marvel outing debuts to an impressive $21.3m (£13.7m) through Disney to dethrone Olympus Has Fallen.

Kicking of Marvel's Phase Two with a bang, Iron Man 3 has rocketed to the top of the UK box office.

Disney's 3D superhero outing scored a mighty $21.3m (£13.7m) opening, including $3.6m (£2.3m) in previews, to record the second biggest Marvel opening in the UK, behind Marvel's Avengers Assemble's $24.5m (£15.8m) debut last year.

Iron Man 3 has already overtaken the entire UK runs of The Incredible Hulk ($12.9m/£8.3m) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($14.7m/£9.5m), and will shortly overhaul Thor's $21.8m (£14m) haul.

The next targets in its sights will be its predecessors Iron Man ($27.1m/£17.4m) and Iron Man 2 ($32.9m/£21.2m).

Avengers Assemble is the top Marvel performer in the UK at a formidable $80.6m (£51.9m) and Iron Man 3's holdover will go a long way towards outlining if the threequel can hope to challenge that.

Also for Disney, Oz the Great and Powerful has amassed $23.3m (£15m), while Wreck-It Ralph has taken $36.5m (£23.5m). The Odd Life of Timothy Green is up to $1.5m (£984,254).

Last week's champion Olympus Has Fallen dropped to second, shooting its way to a further $1.4m (£913,370) for $6.2m (£4m) to date through Lionsgate.

That result means it is now director Antoine Fuqua's second best UK performer, behind only King Arthur's $11m (£7.1m) result.

Universal's Oblivion is likely to cross the £10m mark this week after a $1m (£669,000) weekend saw it to $14.7m (£9.4m) after three weeks in release. …

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