'Iron Man' Soars Overseas


The opening week for Marvel's "Iron Man" proved every bit as strong in foreign lands as it was at the domestic box office.

According to Variety, the Paramount-distributed (in most of the world, at least) comic adaptation took in an estimated $96.8 million foreign, playing on 7500 screens in 57 international territories.

That's the largest international weekend since last July and, added to the $104.2 million domestic total for "Iron Man," brings the Robert Downey Jr. vehicle up to $201 million worldwide in very short order.

The leading foreign markets for "Iron Man" were the United Kingdom, with a $10.3 million weekend, and Mexico with $9.6 million.

The trade paper says that "Forbidden Kingdom" was second overseas with roughly $8 million, followed by "Made of Honor" with $6.5 million.

Many of this summer's biggest blockbusters are opening in the United States and abroad simultaneously, a trend that will continue with presumptive blockbusters "Speed Racer," "Prince Caspian" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in upcoming weeks.

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