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If anyone could follow-up the ultimate superhero movie fusion of Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ it would have to be billionaire playboy and the engineering phenom himself, Tony Stark.  Played by the illustrious and multi-layered actor Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 3 has been able to more than hold its own as a pseudo sequel to ‘The Avengers’ claiming hold to the second-highest domestic opening of all time.  The latest installment to the Iron Man films collected an estimated $175.3 million in ticket sales in North America and Canada over the past weekend trailing only The Avengers that drew a $207.4 million opening just last year.  Needless to say the Walt Disney Company is riding high with the current success of these Marvel franchises and the only question is in regard to the future.

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Iron Man’s Soaring Numbers

 

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[table_row][table_cell_head] Domestic [/table_cell_head][table_cell_head] Foreign [/table_cell_head][table_cell_head] Worldwide [/table_cell_head][/table_row]

[table_row][table_cell_body] $318,412,101 [/table_cell_body][table_cell_body] $266,762,121 [/table_cell_body][table_cell_body] $585,174,222 [/table_cell_body][/table_row]

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[table_row][table_cell_head] Domestic [/table_cell_head][table_cell_head] Foreign [/table_cell_head][table_cell_head] Worldwide [/table_cell_head][/table_row]

[table_row][table_cell_body] $312,433,331 [/table_cell_body][table_cell_body] $311,500,000 [/table_cell_body][table_cell_body] $623,933,331 [/table_cell_body][/table_row]

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[table_row][table_cell_body] $185,412,195 [/table_cell_body][table_cell_body] $525,800,000 [/table_cell_body][table_cell_body] $711,212,195 [/table_cell_body][/table_row]

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It has been no secret that Iron Man 3 and the Avengers 2 sequel marks the last movies Marvel has locked down Robert Downey Jr. under contract for, which only provided him with great comedic fodder during his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  After Stewart poked into the subject Robert Downey Jr. responded with his usual witty and ultra-confident flair, “I had a long contract with them and now we are going to renegotiate [wink…wink, wink].”  We’ve embedded the entire entertaining interview below, though we must say we can’t help but think if there are truly contract negotiations underway, that this might be one of the easiest of all time for the Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Robert Downey Jr. to agree upon.  Still it leaves just another matter of intrigue as we all imagine how much fun it would be to be Iron Man.

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“I had a long contract with them and now we are going to renegotiate [wink…wink, wink].”

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