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Iron Man 2 hangs on to the box office top spot

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, May 16, 2010

The sequel may have dropped 58% in revenue from its opening weekend but with another $53 million dollars made this past weekend Iron Man 2 remains the top movie on the continent. The movie has now broken $212 million from North American audiences and another $216 from international viewers so it's already a profitable film for its owners. Now the question is this: will Iron Man 2 be able to meet the $318 million dollar North American tally that the first Iron Man attained?

Robin Hood, Universal's first shot into the summer 2010 sweepstakes, opened in second place with $37.1m and to lukewarm reviews. If you believe the cinema scuttlebutt this picture cost at least $200 million dollars for Universal and possibly as much as $237m. Opening to $37 million won't be considered acceptable to the executives when they meet tomorrow morning inside their Black Tower headquarters.

But for Summit Entertainment, the romantically targeted opening for Letters to Juliet is perfectly fine. $13.7 million dollars netted for a film that Amanda Seyfried opens? Sure, Summit will take that. They don't have to worry, they have the Twilight juggernaut coming into town next month when Eclipse opens.

Fox Searchlight also had a moderate win this weekend with its own romantic-comedy, Just Wright. Queen Latifah pulled them in to a tune of $8.5m.

Paramount/DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon fell two spots to #5 ($5.1m new, $207.7m total), Date Night plunged three to #7 ($4m new, $86.7m total), The Back-Up Plan also dropped three to #8 ($2.4m new, $34.2m total) and (thankfully) Furry Vengeance is at #9 ($2.3m new, $15.1m total). Tenth spot? Clash of the Titans with $1.2m new and $160.1m total.

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