Iron Man 3 has broken box office records in Russia.
Director Shane Black’s entry in the successful franchise has proven to be a huge hit around the globe. In addition to setting records in the US, the movie has shattered opening day and weekend records in Russia.
The movie made an impressive $8 million on opening day in the region. This effectively set a box office record for a new release in Russia and other CIS states.
While this total is no doubt impressive, the movie would end up generating approximately $22.9 million in just three days. Iron Man 3 now sports the best opening weekend of any movie released in the country thus far. Shane Black’s sequel is definitely a huge hit for the folks at Disney and Marvel.
As of May 6, the film has made an whopping $185 million in the United States alone. Around the world, that figure is much higher. The sequel’s worldwide box office total currently stands at $711 million. There’s a very strong chance that this number could reach beyond $1 billion by the coming weekend.
Now that Iron Man 3 is a certified hit, it would seem that studios are quite interested in getting the veteran writer and director to work on their projects. Sony Pictures recently announced that Black would co-write and direct the adaptation of Doc Savage.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team. Shane and Neal have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can’t wait to get this production up and running,” explained Columbia Pictures’ Hannah Minghella.
It’s currently unclear when or if Iron Man 4 will ever make its way to the big screen. Reports suggest that it could arrive in theaters after The Avengers 2 has been released. However, nothing has been confirmed on an official level as of this writing.
Did you catch Iron Man 3 in theaters? Are you surprised that it broke box office records in Russia?