Box Office: "Iron Man 3" Takes Over, Scores Second Biggest Opening Weekend of All Time

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    As expected, "Iron Man 3" completely dominated the box office this weekend.

    After setting a box office franchise record at midnight Friday, the highly anticipated superhero flick went on to rake in a whopping $175.3 million this weekend, scoring the second biggest opening weekend of all time (behind "The Avengers'" $207.5 million weekend last year).

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    The film, starring Robert Downey, Jr., shot past the opening weekends of both "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2," which nabbed $98.6 million and $128.1 million, respectively.

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    Globally, "Iron Man 3" has amassed $680.1 million only 12 days after it was released internationally, making it highly likely that it will hit the $1 billion mark worldwide. To put that amount into perspective, "Iron Man 2's" final worldwide total was $624 million.

    Meanwhile, "Pain and Gain" and "42" still remained in the top three, with the bodybuilder flick bringing in $7.6 million and the Jackie Robinson biopic landing $6.2 million.

    Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" and animated film "The Croods," followed with $5.8 million and $4.2 million, respectively.

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    Here's a complete look at the weekend's top movies, per Friday-Sunday studio estimates and stats as compiled per Box Office Mojo:

    1. "Iron Man 3," $175 million

    2. "Pain and Gain," $7.6 million

    3. "42," $6.2 million

    4. "Oblivion," $5.8 million

    5. "The Croods," $4.2 million

    6. "The Big Wedding," $3.9 million

    7. "Mud," $2.2 million

    8. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $1.8 million

    9. "Scary Movie 5," $1.4 million

    10 ."The Place Beyond the Pines," $1.3 million

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