Iron Man 3 has been bulldozing its way to a $1 billion global total. Last weekend's overseas numbers saw the superhero film triumph in multiple overseas markets, but competition from the scaled roll-out of Star Trek Into Darkness slowed down Iron Man's hot streak.
The $31.7 million that Star Trek Into Darkness grossed over the weekend came in large part due to a splendid performance in the United Kingdom. The sci-fi sequel had a harder time finding its footing in Mexico, where it underwhelmed in second place. Paramount's release strategy will unfold as the summer wears on, with Star Trek Into Darkness expanding on a global scale through August.
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Wednesday Update: MovieTickets.com reports that nearly 450 screenings of Star Trek Into Darkness have sold out with 60% of yesterday's daily sales coming from advance tickets purchased by moviegoers to see the sequel.
The official press release from Fandango:
LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, reported today that "Star Trek Into Darkness" is warp-speeding ahead with 71% of Tuesday morning's ticket sales. Hundreds of showtimes are already sold out across the country, from New York to San Francisco, from Atlanta to Austin, in advance of the film's Wednesday late night opening.
According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 "Star Trek Into Darkness" ticket-buyers, anticipation for the film is running high. Among the findings:
• 93% plan to see the film on opening weekend;
• 62% will attend the movie with a group of fellow "Star Trek" fans;
• 55% are already planning to see the movie more than once;
• 15% will be dressed in "Star Trek" attire at the theater.
As an exclusive bonus for Fandango ticket-buyers, fans purchasing "Star Trek Into Darkness" tickets on Fandango will receive a complimentary iTunes download of J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" movie, while supplies last. See http://bit.ly/VEbvgQ for details.
Iron Man 3 carried another lethargic weekend at the Spanish box office. The superhero film was the only one to break the $1 million mark, leading all releases for the third consecutive week and reaching a $10.5 million cume. Olympus Has Fallen couldn't rise to the occasion of its premiere, grossing just under $1 million in 322 screens. The Big Wedding has been performing above expectations after fizzling out of the U.S. box office. The comedy has grossed $1.9 million in Spain to help the film make up ground in the overseas markets.
Box office results for Spain. May 10-12, 2013.