'Iron Man 2' experienced solid holds during the midweek.

$159.2 Million Week for ‘Iron Man 2’

on May 14, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Paramount's Iron Man 2 rounded out its first week in theatres with $6.34 million on Thursday. That brings the seven-day total to $159.16 million for the superhero sequel. While Iron Man 2 wasn't quite as big as most were expecting, it nonetheless dominated the marketplace this week and was responsible for getting the summer box office season off to a very good start. Iron Man 2 fell 9 percent from Wednesday. In comparison, 2008's Iron Man fell 7 percent on its first Thursday, while 2007's Spider-Man 3 fell by 12 percent on its first Thursday. Through seven days Iron Man 2 is running 13 percent behind Spider-Man 3 and 26 percent ahead of Iron Man.

A Nightmare on Elm Street remained in second for the day with $0.64 million. The R-rated horror remake from Warner Bros. was down 8 percent from Wednesday and down 50 percent from last Thursday. Elm Street finished in a distant second for the week with $12.05 million, which was down a sharp 69 percent from the film's opening week performance. A Nightmare on Elm Street has grossed $51.41 million in two weeks of release, placing the film 10 percent behind the pace of last year's Friday the 13th and 11 percent ahead of 2007's Halloween.

Date Night held steady in third with $0.424 million. The romantic comedy from Fox was down 2 percent from Wednesday and down 14 percent from last Thursday. For the week Date Night grossed $7.14 million, which was down 25 percent from the previous frame. The film's five-week total stands at $82.70 million.

Also down 2 percent from Wednesday was Paramount's How to Train Your Dragon. The computer animated blockbuster grossed $0.403 million to remain in fourth. Dragon finished in third for the week with $8.31 million. That was down 35 percent from the previous week and brings the film's seven-week total to $202.64 million.

Babies grossed $0.177 million on Thursday, which was down 8 percent from Wednesday. The documentary from Focus grossed a respectable $2.89 million in its first seven days from a modest 534 locations. Fellow documentaries Oceans and Hubble 3D are also remaining factors at the box office. Oceans grossed $0.203 million for the day, while Hubble 3D grossed $0.101 million. Respective total grosses for Oceans and Hubble 3D stand at $16.92 million and $5.42 million.

Tags: Hubble 3D, Oceans, Babies, How to Train Your Dragon, Date Night, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Iron Man 2

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