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'Iron Man 2' puts pedal to the metal with $52.4M

In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures,a scene is shown from, 'Iron Man 2.' In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures,a scene is shown from, "Iron Man 2." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Industrial Light and Magic)
May 8, 2010

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LOS ANGELES—Robert Downey Jr. is packing a bigger box-office punch with his second "Iron Man" movie.

"Iron Man 2" took in $52.4 million domestically on its opening day Friday. That's nearly a 50 percent increase over the $35.2 million first day of the original "Iron Man" two years ago.

That puts the Paramount release based on the Marvel Comics superhero on track for a debut weekend of $125 million to $135 million, which would make it the fifth-biggest opening weekend on the box-office charts.

The first "Iron Man" movie had a $98.6 million debut weekend.

"Iron Man 2" has taken in nearly $150 million overseas since it debuted in many international markets last week. Worldwide, the movie has climbed to a $200 million total.

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