This summer's first two major releases, Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood, each reached significant, albeit drastically different, box office milestones yesterday. Iron Man 2 passed the $300 million mark in its 40th day in theaters, while Robin Hood inched past $100 million in its 33rd day.
Iron Man 2 is the 18th-fastest movie to hit $300 million, coming in just behind Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The comic book sequel got the summer off to a rollicking start, opening to $128.1 million on the May 7-9 weekend, and has thus far made $300.3 million. It currently ranks as the second-biggest 2010 release behind Alice in Wonderland ($333.9 million) and as the highest-grossing summer movie ahead of Shrek Forever After ($213.9 million). Iron Man 2 currently places 34th on the all-time box office list, and it should easily cruise in to the Top 30 before the end of its run. The movie's total includes $18.3 million from IMAX venues.
The first Iron Man took eight more days than Iron Man 2 to reach $300 million, and Iron Man 2 has made around $10 million more through the same point in time. However, this gap has been steadily narrowing over the past few weeks as Iron Man 2 has experienced steeper declines, and if it matches Iron Man's daily drops from here on it will fall just short of the original's $318.6 million total. Still, Iron Man 2 has already passed Iron Man's foreign total as well as its worldwide (domestic plus foreign) sum, so one cannot objectively classify it as a box office disappointment in relation to its predecessor.