Iron Man still dominates U.S. box office

The sequel to the 2008 hit, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the comic book superhero, was number one at movie theatres across America at the weekend (14-16May10), sending its week-long total soaring to nearly $212.2 million (£132.6 million).

Ridley Scott’s epic Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe as the legendary British outlaw and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, settled for second place with $37.1 million (£23.2 million) on its debut weekend.

Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave’s romantic comedy Letters to Juliet debuted at three with nearly $13.8 million (£8.6 million) in earnings, while new basketball comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah and hip-hop star Common, debuted at four with takings of $8.5 million (£5.3 million).

Meanwhile, animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon slipped from three to five, adding $5.1 million (£3.2 million) to its eight week total of nearly $207.8 million (£129.9 million).