Disney's 'Iron Man 3' to pass the $1-billion milestone

Iron Man is already part of an elite crew of superheroes, but now he is set to join a rarefied group at the box office.

"Iron Man 3," the third film in the franchise starring Robert Downey Jr., will pass the $1-billion milestone, possibly by Wednesday night. As of Tuesday morning, Walt Disney Studios said the Shane Black-directed movie had collected $962.2 million worldwide and was still selling tickets in territories worldwide.

The well-reviewed picture will become only the 16th film to gross over $1 billion globally, and the first in Marvel Studios' Tony Stark trilogy to cross the impressive milestone. "Iron Man 2" ended up with $623.9 million in ticket sales globally in 2010, while the 2008 original took in $585.2 million.

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-- Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times

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