Iron Man 3 continued to dominate the global box office last weekend, but its reign at #1 across the major markets was interrupted after it fell to second place in Japan. It shouldn’t be cause for alarm for the superhero film, however, as it sets its sights on the elusive $1 billion global benchmark, reserved for the biggest films of the year.
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Iron Man 3 fell 54% after its impressive first week at the U.K. box office, grossing $9.8 million and bringing its market total to $38.1 million. 21 and Over premiered as a welcome alternative for filmgoers that had already caught up with Robert Downey Jr.'s iron-clad superhero, entering the U.K. with a $1.2 million opening weekend. Olympus Has Fallen was the strongest hold-over of the weekend, dropping 26% and still netting $1 million to see its market total increase to $7.9 million. Pedro Almodovar's new film, I'm So Excited, had a strong opening weekend after averaging $5,566 in only 87 theaters. Almodovar's latest is the only film in this week's top ten to have played in less than 200 screens. I'm So Excited outperformed the premiere of Dead Man Down despite the fact it played in nearly 75% less locations.
Box office results for the United Kingdom. May 3-5, 2013.
Iron Man 3 flew past two new releases at the Spanish box office last weekend. The superhero film grossed $4.9 million, easily retaining the top spot at the box office. The new releases beat Robert Downey Jr.'s iron-suited alter ego, however, at least where per-screen average is concerned. Scary Movie 5 posted a $3,484 average across 245 screens, while The Big Wedding averaged $2,610 in 305 locations. The spring weather seems to have put a lasting damp on the Spanish box office, with all hold-overs behind Tom Cruise's Oblivion, in fourth place with a $7.2 million cume, posting per-screen averages below the $1,000 mark.
Box office results for Spain. May 3-5, 2013.
May 7, 2013 - New York, New York - One of the year's most talked about independent films since its award-winning premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, UPSTREAM COLOR is director Shane Carruth's much anticipated follow-up to his 2004 award-winning cult classic, Primer.
On the heels of a very successful theatrical run that started on April 5th, where the film played to rave reviews and is currently expanding in theaters, erbp Film's UPSTREAM COLOR will be released on cable VOD, digital and DVD/Blu-ray on May 7th through Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM). Prior to the theatrical opening, the film had a strong festival run, in addition to Sundance, at the Berlin International Film Festival, SXSW, and Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films series.
In UPSTREAM COLOR, a man and woman (Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz) are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
The film won the Special Jury Prize for Sound Design at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.Carruth's first film, Primer, won the Grand Jury Prize in 2004.
In an interview with IndieWire, Carruth said about the film: "I was worried that everything would descend into minutiae about the plot. Overall, I'm very pleasantly surprised that people seem to be keying into the fact that that's not the way into this film."
UPSTREAM COLOR stars Amy Siemetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig (I Love you Phillip Morris, W) and Thiago Martins. The film is written, directed, produced and edited by Carruth, who also composed the original score, and is produced by Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair and Meredith Burke.