“Iron Man 3” Dominates Box Office, Crushes “Iron Man 2″‘s Opening Night Gross

Its opening weekend tally will not beat that of last summer’s “The Avengers,” but “Iron Man 3” is nonetheless pacing towards a dominant debut at the domestic box office.

The blockbuster earned $68.3 million Friday en route to a three-day total in the $165-170 million range. Though below the $207.4 million mark set by “Avengers,” the total could compete for the all-time second place spot, which currently belongs to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and its $169.2 million.

“Iron Man 2” earned $51.2 million in its debut Friday, so the latest in the Marvel franchise is sure to rank as the best-opening “Iron Man” movie.

Crushed by the addition of “Iron Man 3,” “Pain and Gain” earned only $2.4 million for second place.  “42” followed with $1.8 million.

Written by Brian Cantor

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