According to studio weekend estimates, Iron Man 2 is set to open with a staggering $133.6 million. The sequel now ranks in fifth place on the unadjusted list for best opening weekends, right behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
While many industry prognosticators felt that IM2 could reach at least $150 million, this opening is not a disappointment at all. The first Iron Man brought in $98.6 million during its debut frame, which means that the sequel has done its job in terms of expanding the property.
As expected, A Nightmare on Elm Street suffered a huge drop during its sophomore frame. The horror reboot is losing momentum fast due to the emergence of IM2. Don't expect a sequel.
How to Train Your Dragon has reached the $200 million domestic plateau. The animated flick is showing the kind of staying power that is becoming quite rare these days.
Overall receipts should equal $182 million this weekend, which represents a 18.4 percent increase over the same weekend last year. 2010's total domestic haul is currently 6.8 percent ahead of 2009 at the exact same point in the year.