According to BoxOffice.com's Early Weekend Estimates, Iron Man 2 is on pace for a $136 million opening. The superhero flick brought in an estimated $52.4 million on Friday. If IM2 can manage $136 million, then it will top the fourth highest unadjusted opening weekend of all time, which currently belongs to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The sequel's worldwide haul is currently an estimated $200 million.
While most prognosticators felt IM2 could reach at least $150 million, the opening should not be viewed as a disappointment in any way. 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.
IM2's IMAX estimate is $4.1 million at 181 locations, which sets a new 2D record.
Moviegoer are reacting positively to IM2. The film boasts an A rating from CinemaScore and it has an 81 percent approval rating on Flixster as of 9 a.m. PT.
As expected, A Nightmare on Elm Street will suffer an unhealthy drop during its sophomore frame. The horror reboot is on pace to fall a staggering 72 percent. Don't expect a sequel anytime soon.
How to Train Your Dragon should easily hit the $200 million mark this weekend, which means it will pass the $198.4 million domestic haul of Monsters vs. Aliens.
Check back tomorrow for studio weekend estimates.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.