'Iron Man 2' leads domestically, 'Robin Hood' leads internationally.

Iron Man 2’ Still #1, ‘Robin Hood’ #2

on May 17, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Paramount's Iron Man 2 led the box office for a second consecutive weekend. The blockbuster superhero sequel grossed $52.04 million, which topped Robin Hood by a comfortable $15.98 million for the frame. The two films were close on Friday, but Iron Man 2 was the clear winner on Saturday and Sunday and has now led the daily box office for ten consecutive days. Iron Man 2 crossed the $200 million domestic mark on Sunday (making it the third release of 2010 to do so) and has grossed $211.20 million to date.

Iron Man 2 did fall a sizable 59 percent from last weekend. In comparison, 2008's Iron Man fell 50 percent during its second weekend of release, while 2007's Spider-Man 3 fell 62 percent (though it should also be noted that both film's had the benefit of Mother's Day falling during their second weekend). Iron Man 2 is currently running 12 percent behind Spider-Man 3 and 19 percent ahead of Iron Man. At this rate, Iron Man 2 is in very good shape to reach the $300 million mark. Internationally, Iron Man 2 grossed $29.8 million this weekend, which brings the film's 17-day international total to $244.4 million.

Though it had to settle for second place, Universal's Robin Hood still had a respectable domestic showing over the weekend. The Ridley Scott directed film starring Russell Crowe opened with $36.06 million. That was right in line with pre-release expectations heading into the weekend. Robin Hood opened slightly larger than 2000's Gladiator; however, the film opened 30 percent weaker than Gladiator when factoring in ten years of ticket price inflation. Not surprisingly, Robin Hood skewed heavily towards older moviegoers, with 63 percent of its audience being 30 and over.

Robin Hood opened stronger internationally, which was needed given the film's expensive production and marketing costs. Robin Hood grossed $74 million internationally, which made it the weekend's top film outside of North America. Debuts in key international markets included $8.1 million in the United Kingdom, $6.8 million in France, $6.4 million in Germany, $6.1 million in Italy and $5.2 million in Australia.

Back on the domestic front, Summit's Letters to Julia opened in third with $13.54 million. The modestly budgeted romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried opened on the lower end of pre-release expectations. However, the film's debut still represented a very solid performance for Seyfried and her rising career. Like Robin Hood, Letters to Juliet skewed towards older moviegoers, with 63 percent of the film's audience being 25 and over. The film also skewed very heavily towards female audiences.

Fox Searchlight's Just Wright opened in fourth place with $8.28 million. The romantic comedy starring Queen Latifah and Common opened in line with expectations. Just Wright earned a solid per-location average of $4,525 from 1,831 locations. The film did open a bit softer than previous Queen Latifah vehicles (2004's Taxi, 2005's Beauty Shop and 2006's Last Holiday all opened in the $12 million to $13 million range).

How to Train Your Dragon was down two spots to round out the weekend's top five. The latest computer animated blockbuster from Paramount and DreamWorks held up nicely this weekend, as it was down only 25 percent from last weekend. How to Train Your Dragon has grossed $207.65 million to date, but should experience a much larger decline next weekend when Shrek Forever After enters the marketplace on Friday.

Warner's A Nightmare on Elm Street fell four spots from last weekend to place in sixth with $4.66 million. Despite the slide in the rankings, the horror remake was able to continue its recent stabilization with a 49 percent decrease from last weekend. Elm Street has grossed $56.07 million in 17 days of domestic release. Internationally, the film grossed $8.0 million, which places the film's international total at $17.2 million.

Tags: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), How to Train Your Dragon, Just Wright, Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Iron Man 2

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