Iron Man 3 opened this weekend to massive results in 42 international territories with a mind-blowing $195.3 million and in the process does the unthinkable and beats The Avengers 39-territory rollout a year ago of $185.1 million. IMAX results were equally impressive with record openings in key territories.
As we all know, The Avengers went on to a still record-holding $207.4 million North American debut. This raises the question, could Iron Man 3 come anywhere close to those kind of numbers? Projections have ranged from $125 to $150 million, but who knows....before The Avengers' international debut, most pegged its North American opening weekend at $150 to $175 million. How big do you think Iron Man 3 will be?
Stats courtesy of Disney: Marvel’s Iron Man 3 began its record-breaking rollout in 42 international territories representing 79% of the international marketplace. The film has taken in an estimated $195.3M, surpassing the $185.1M international opening weekend take of Marvel's The Avengers. The film opens in the U.S. on May 3rd. Note: Significant territories not opening this weekend are: Russia, China and Germany. International Highlights• Biggest opening weekend ever in: Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore• Biggest opening day ever in: Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia• Biggest Marvel opening weekend in: Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, Romania, New Zealand, Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and Malaysia• #1 film in every market and is the biggest opening weekend of all time in Asia Pacific and Latin AmericaPerformance to date – key territories UK $21.5M Korea $19.2M Australia $18.4M Mexico $16.1M France $14.7M Brazil $12.3M Italy $11.2M Taiwan $8.4M Philippines $7.4M Japan $5.4M India $5.2M Spain $5.0M HK $4.9M Malaysia $4.6M Indonesia $4.5M Other $36.5M Total $195.3M Additional details by key territory:Australia Biggest Disney and Marvel opening of all timeBrazil 2nd biggest opening weekend of all timeMexico 3rd biggest opening weekend of all timeFrance 2nd biggest Marvel opening behind (Spider Man 3)Italy Biggest April opening in industry history UK 2nd biggest Marvel opening of all time behind The AvengersIndia 2nd biggest all time opening, 44% above The AvengersJapan 3rd biggest Marvel opening day
Additional Iron Man 3 stats courtesy of IMAX: IRON MAN 3's IMAX international results produced numerous records, generating approximately $7.2 mil as of Sunday evening on 113 IMAX screens for a massive per screen average of $64k.
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Specifically, record openings were delivered in key territories (Brazil, Taiwan, Philippines and Netherlands) and a slew of 2nd best openings. Additionally, many individual theater highest-opening Friday and Saturday records were set (including locations in Mexico, UK, India and Hong Kong).
Further, IMAX's IM3 International weekend total and per screen average establish new highs for any previous IMAX release of a Marvel title, including the fantastic results of last year’s Avengers. China launches the picture on midnight of April 30th (technically May 1) with expectations running high. Advance tickets are selling like gangbusters in our theaters and the domestic launch this coming week is primed for a stellar opening.
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Rumor has it that Ben Affleck is very strongly considering running for a seat in the Senate — specifically, the one John Kerry will (presumably) vacate when he (presumably) becomes Secretary of State.
While the thought of entrusting your representative democracy to the man who starred in Phantoms will take a little time to get used to, it's comforting to think that many other people who became famous for things other than government have embraced a second career in politics.
Come on, the Terminator spent eight years running the state of California, the most populous state in the U.S. Surely the man who gave us the thought-provoking historical drama/Oscar contender Argo wouldn't do much worse representing his home state.
Affleck has not officially denied reports, though it's hard to believe he'd want to leave his showbiz career at such a high, well-regarded point. (Other actors rumored to be turning to politics, like Alec Baldwin, have denied rumors outright.)
In Affleck's honor, here are a few pop culture figures who entered politics after successful careers in the public eye.
After winning a recall election in 2003 to replace California governor Gray Davis, Ahnold served one more term leading the third-largest state in the union before returning to what he might arguably do best: action movies.
Another actor-turned-director, Eastwood entered politics in the 1980s when he served as the non-partisan mayor of the California town Carmel from 1986 to 1988. After his notorious empty chair speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, though, it's clear where his allegiances lie these days.
Ventura became a pro wrestler after his stint in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He ran for his first political office in the 90s, serving as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota from 1991 to 1995, and later the governor of Minnesota (1999-2003). He's now a visiting fellow at Harvard's JFK School of Government. Not too shabby!
McMahon and her husband, Vince, started the WWF (now the WWE). After serving as President and CEO of the professional wrestling organization, she has run unsuccessfully for two different Senate seats in Connecticut.
Talk about an overachiever — Bradley is not only a former professional basketball player, he's also a Rhodes Scholar, an Eagle Scout, an Olympic gold medalist, and a three-term Senator from New Jersey. He ran for president in 2000, but we all know how that turned out.
Another pro basketball player, Johnson is entering his second term as mayor of Sacramento, Calif.
The well-respected boxer ran for Congress in his native Philippines, where he has served since 2007. He's up for re-election in 2013.
After making a name for himself as a singer and actor, Bono became mayor of Palm Springs, Calif. in 1988. In 1994, he ran for Congress, where he served until his death in 1998. His wife, Mary, finished out his Congressional term.
Perhaps the most famous actor-turned-politician, Reagan was a film and television actor — and even president of the Screen Actors Guild — before he went into government. The two-term California governor also served two terms as President of the United States in the '80s.
You were first introduced to Duffy when he was a roommate on The Real World: Boston in 1997. His reality show past didn't seem to hurt when he became district attorney of Wisconsin in 2002, a post he left in 2010 to run for Congress. Duffy was recently re-elected to his second congressional term.
So, how would Affleck stack up against the likes of these men and women? Are any of your favorite pop culture politicians missing from the list?
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