Disney reports that Iron Man 3 added another $8.112 million to its haul on Wednesday. The Marvel sequel has now amassed $204.8 million domestically in six days. After taking the third best 4-day and sixth best 5-day starts, the film again took the sixth highest 6-day start ever. This marks the second-fastest May release to ever cross $200 million (The Avengers reached that mark in three days).
Iron Man 3's 28.1 percent drop from Tuesday to Wednesday was to be expected following the advantage of bargain price Tuesdays at many theaters. Through six days of release, Iron Man 3 is running 16 percent ahead of Spider-Man 3, 34 percent ahead of Iron Man 2, and 20.5 percent behind The Avengers. The BoxOffice team is forecasting a $71.5 million upcoming sophomore weekend for the film.
Paramount's Pain and Gain grossed $643,336 on Wednesday, down 51 percent from the same day last week. Through 13 days, Michael Bay's low budget thriller has totaled $35.96 million. The pic is currently running nearly 27 percent behind last year's Contraband, which also starred Mark Wahlberg.
Oblivion pulled another $464,760 yesterday, bringing the Universal film up to $77.3 million domestically. As another film being hit hard by the competition from Marvel's big summer opener, Oblivion is running 15 percent ahead of the pace of Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher and 17 percent behind Mission: Impossible III through the same points in their release cycles.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' 42 continues to rake in family audiences with strong word of mouth and healthy counter-programming to other options in the market. The hit based on Jackie Robinson's rise to Major League Baseball grossed $461,117 on Wednesday, knocking its domestic total up to $79.6 million. The film is currently 34.5 percent ahead of Moneyball's domestic gross through the same point.