Box office report: 'Iron Man' wins again; 'Robin Hood' in second with $37 million weekend

iron-man-2Image Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/MarvelThe one-two punch of Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood propelled the weekend just above last year at this time when Star Trek and Angels & Demons dominated the box office. Iron Man 2 was off -59% from its opening weekend to score another $53 million at the box office. The Marvel comic actioner has now crossed $200 million with $212 in its coffers and is likely to beat the original Iron Man’s total domestic gross of $318 million. (IMAX screens generated $4.2 million, or 8%, of the total gross for the frame.)

Universal is putting its Robin Hood opener at $37 million. The Russell Crowe-Ridley Scott pairing comes ten years after the duo’s Gladiator, a film that opened to $34 million and went on to gross $187 million stateside. It’s doubtful, considering the reviews (it earned a B- from audiences polled), that Robin Hood will hold in as well in the U.S., but internationally, the 13th century story of the rise of a legend is likely to perform almost as strong as the Academy Award-winning Gladiator did in 2000. The PG-13 rated film grossed $74 million around the world, a number that will likely grow to over $200 million by the end of its run.

Tweens and their mothers were not as smitten by Letters to Juliet as Summit Entertainment had initially hoped. The PG-rated Tuscan romance earned an estimated $13.8 million, less than originally guesstimated based on Friday’s numbers. And exit polling shows it was not teens at all that were driving the opening to this film but women over the age of 25 who made up 63% of the audience. The opening is far beneath what Amanda Seyfried scored with Dear John, which opened back in February to $30 million and went on to gross $80 million. Juliet lacked the star power of Channing Tatum, a factor that surely limited its appeal with the younger set. However, with an A- from exit pollster Cinemascore, strong word of mouth could help the film’s staying power in the weeks to come.

Just Wright, the fourth new release of the frame, had the hardest time luring audiences.  The romantic comedy from Fox Searchlight starring Queen Latifah only grossed $8.5 million in its three days for a fourth-place opening. Fifth place belongs to How to Train Your Dragon which earned an additional $5.1 million, putting its total cume at $207 million after 8 weekends at the box office. The film’s lengthy run is now coming to a close, with DreamWorks Animation opening Shrek Forever After next weekend worldwide.

The rest of the top ten comprised a slew of holdovers including A Nightmare on Elm Street in sixth place with $4.7 million, off 48% since last weekend. The film’s gross now stands at $56 million. Slot seven belongs to Date Night with another $4 million. The Twentieth Century Fox laugher has now generated $86.7 million since opening six weekends ago. The Back-Up Plan won the eighth slot with $2.5 million. The Jennifer Lopez-starrer’s total gross stands at $34 million. Furry Vengeance earned another $2.3 million, putting the family film’s total gross at $15 million. And Clash of the Titans rounded out the top ten with another $1.3 million. The film’s total gross has now reached $160 million.

Check in next week when Shrek 4 debuts opposite the Saturday Night Live comedy MacGruber.

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  • Turbo

    Gladiator is one of the most overrated movies I have ever seen, I’m surprise that it was a hit and won an oscar for best picture. Anyway, Robin Hood follows the same pattern as Gladiator, is dull and full of itself

    • nagger

      Why couldn’t dey hab denzel play Robin Hood and Medea play little john or sompin. I ain’t seen it, but I would if it had dem in it. And my homegirl from “Precious”, i can’t remember her name, Gabriel or something, to play the maid Marian. That’d be aaiight.

      • mmmm racism

      • Immature

        That’s terrible. i’m sure you’re parents are proud of you.

      • And I meant that like, “mmmm racism….delicious!”

      • nice way to prove your point immature

        I totally agree with you. That said, its “your”, not “you’re”

      • harry

        you fail mate. you fail.

    • Kat

      Gladiator is one of the best movies ever made. You are a fool.

      • thin

        I like Gladiator, but calling it one of the best movies ever made is quite a stretch.

  • dokard

    Channing Tatum is a “box office draw”? Really?

    • Dave

      To teenage girls? Yes. They think he’s suuuperrr haaawwwwwt.

  • rashy

    I enjoyed Robin Hood even with very little to talley ho about.

    • Whitcomb

      FAIL dude. That tally ho joke was gay as balls.

      • nerdo

        you sound like a tolly ho

  • Mdbchud

    I COMPLETELY agree with Turbo on Gladiator…..Never saw a more overrated movie or performance (Crowe) in my life.

    • Tony

      Well heres why, Gladiator is a much better movie then Robin Hood. Nuff Said

      • Tony sucks

        Dumbass.

    • Steve

      You are not exactly a movie person are you? Do not answer because the answer is no. Watch movies before you comment on them.

  • the truth

    Shrek 4 = Superman 4 and Batman and Robin. The first shrek was ok but the rest are horrible. I’m surprise people still line up to watch this dreck.. talk about beating a dead horse

    • Bad joke

      or a dead donkey…

  • po

    An old, fat, unhappy Robin Hood and a Marion who is supposedly a feminist but comes off as a bit**? There’s nothing “Robin Hood” about this movie. No sense of daring or adventure or fun. And the way it sets itself up for a sequel is shameful. I hope it never gets made.

    • MJB

      Whilst I do agree with some of your points, myself and the friend I saw the movie with were impressed by the shape Crowe was in when you do see him without all the armour on. Saying he was fat is not accurate.

      • po

        I grant you he could not be considered fat. He has a chubby face though.

  • Simon

    I am waiting for Letters to Juliet to come out on DVD so I can watch the Vanessa Redgrave storyline only. When the trailer gives away the movie, who wants to see the whole thing?

    • Cowell

      Lol! Simon, why do you give a shi* about that movie or Redgrave??? Maybe you should ask your doctor to check you testosterone level. Oh, wait…..are you waiting on sexual reassignment surgery?

      • kelsey

        Whoa, what is with the bigotry, Cowell? Why are you attacking Simon’s sexuality – just because he wants to watch a movie that you yourself have no interest in seeing? You sound like quite an awful person.

      • Steve

        Thats funny! That movie looks horrible. You wait for that dvd Simon. You will be the only one buying it! How strange for a guy to say that.

      • @Steve

        Ever heard of Redbox?

  • Jeremy DC

    I’m another one who thinks Gladiator is so overrated. Of all the great performances Russell Crowe has had, I can’t believe Gladiator is what he won an oscar for. Robin Hood doesn’t look that good either.

  • Jon

    Fairly steep drop for Iron Man. Word of mouth can’t have been too great, Robin Hood was abrely competition.

    • Really?

      Iron Man still did $59 million going against Robin Hood.

  • LOL

    Almost time for MacGruber!

  • AuntieMM

    I’m careful with my money since I’ve been laid off so I budget a matineen movie a month. I have no desire to see Robin Hood…how many times can they retell the story???? I’ll see IM2 this week and was waiting for the crowds to die down. My next view will be the A-Team in June, then Predators in July and The Expendables in August.

    • Jose

      Nostalgic much?

    • blaupunkt

      Lol! Hey, if AuntieMM’s gonna go see one “matineen” per month, it ain’t gonna be something original!

  • Meso soup

    Give me Thor or give me death….

  • tomm

    46 y/o ‘young Robin Hood’ with huge bloody CGI battles? No way.

    Good that ‘Freddie Kruger v2′ didn’t cross $100M. Another slasher franchise reboot attempt dead, I hope.

    • Meso soup

      When a movie (nightmare on elm st) costs 35 million and has made over 50 million I’d say it was a success. A sequel is coming.

  • Yogi

    Just Wright was the perfect romantic movie. Why only 4th place people!!?

    • California

      I think Just Wright isn’t going to do well because they just didn’t really market this movie at all. I want to see it (it looks good and I love Queen Latifa) but none of my friends had even heard of it.

  • lindsey

    Iron Man2 might or might not beat the original, especially if these numbers are inflated like they were last weekend.

    • Ree

      They were inflated by like $5 million…calm down.

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