The figure is behind only The Avengers, its immediate predecessor in Marvel Studios' ongoing series of superhero movies, which took $207.4m last year. However, Iron Man 3 also continued to fare superbly outside of the US, the world's largest box office. It took another $175.9m across other markets in its second week of release, including an impressive $63.5m (£41m) in China, for a worldwide haul of $680.1m (£437m). That pushed it ahead of animated adventure The Croods ($517m) as 2013's biggest film yet at the box office.
Iron Man 3 has received positive reviews but Marvel Studios' parent company, Disney, hinted that Shane Black's film was also benefiting from an Avengers bounce. Joss Whedon's superhero ensemble, which featured Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man alongside Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, took more than $1.5bn last year and stands as the third-highest grossing film of all time. "A year ago, we speculated as to the impact of Avengers, and now we're witnessing it first-hand with the success of Iron Man 3," said studio distribution chief Dave Hollis.
Black's film, which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Ben Kingsley, sees Iron Man/Tony Stark battered by an attack from mysterious villain the Mandarin (Kingsley), who threatens his life, home and loved ones.
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