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'Iron Man 3' off to robust start

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

posterIf you went to see “Iron Man 3” on Friday, you helped it into the record books. It had the ninth biggest single-day gross of all time with $68.3 million.

Hollywood.com, which will have weekend figures Sunday morning, expects it to debut at $165 million to $170 million in North America. The picture is already a hit overseas, where audiences got a head start on the movie by a week.  

“Iron Man,” the first movie kicking off the franchise, had an opening day gross of $38.7 million, with an opening weekend of $98.6 million. “Iron Man 2,” generally considered the weakest of the three pictures, had a first-day gross of $51.2 million, with an opening weekend of $128.1 million.

So, who holds the record for biggest single-day gross? “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” brought in $91,071,119 in North America.

Second:  “Marvel’s The Avengers,” $80,813,985. Third: “The Dark Knight Rises,” with $75,754,897.

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