LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Iron Man 3” is the heavy-lifter at theatres with a colossal overseas debut that overshadows a sleepy pre-summer weekend at the domestic box office.
The superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. got a head-start on its domestic launch next Friday with a $195.3 million opening in 42 overseas markets.
Sunday studio estimates show director Michael Bay’s true-crime tale “Pain & Gain” muscled into first-place domestically with a $20 million debut.
The movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie knocked off Tom Cruise’s sci-fi adventure “Oblivion” after a week in the No. 1 spot. “Oblivion” slipped to second-place with $17.4 million, raising its domestic total to $64.7 million.