As Iron Man 3 headed into its domestic opening weekend here in the U.S. this past weekend, the only question was how bad it would beat previous box office records. The answer is pretty bad, hauling in a whopping $175.3 million and completely smoking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($169.2 million) to claim the second spot in all-time biggest opening weekends for a film. Somewhere, is waving around a phoenix tail feather wand and cursing.
Star shouldn't feel too bad about coming in second, however. The #1 spot is held by none other than The Avengers, which hauled in a mind-boggling $207.4 million dollars its opening weekend. Considering Tony Stark, er, I mean, RDJ (It's so hard to tell them apart now) made a staggering $50 million dollar paycheck from The Avengers, I don't think he's complaining.
The third installment of the Iron Man series, which has seen a lot of rumors swirling around it regarding whether or not there will be a fourth movie, has already done huge numbers internationally: It debuted at $198.4 million and has since pulled in another $504.8 million overseas. That total alone means Disney has broken the $1 billion dollar mark in revenue for the 19th year in a row, and it has done it in the shortest amount of time yet. With movies such as Thor: The Dark World, The Lone Ranger, and long-anticipated Monsters University still to be released, it's entirely possible that Disney will cross the $2 billion threshold by the end of 2013.