BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Iron Man 3’ Takes in $175.3 Million

‘Pain & Gain’ takes a distant second place with $7.6 million, with ‘42’ landing in third place with $6.2 million.


Sources: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Ghostman

    @thedude1 I don't see how Killian could be Fin Fang Foom. Is it because he breathed fire? That was actually from the Extremis comics. The part where he is breathing fire.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  2. slysnide

    @ghostman: That's cause the most famous chinese actor ever played the doctor in that scene, and in the beginning of the film (or so I read). The surgery itself seemed to have the gist of simply getting another arc reactor to have double magnetization when removing the first one. Not too complex. But the writing was still flimsy. The beginning most of all. They could easily have fixed those issues with only adding ten minutes at best to the film.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  3. Ghostman

    @slysnide The problem was that the film had so much context happening in a two hour run time. Noticed how rushed that ending was? There was hardly any explanation to Tony's surgery (even though thatwas touched more upon in the Chinese cut only).

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  4. TheDude1

    @ghostman I'm not a comic book person either. Never read a single Iron Man comic. However that doesn't mean I don't have respect for what those people created in those comics.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  5. slysnide

    @thedude1: I agree that they handled the twist poorly. While Kingsley may have had fun with it, they wasted his talents. They should've had the fake mandarin at least be somebody who shared that philosophy who could've gotten into some fight with Tony and Rhodes (seeing as they were short on weapons and armor after Killian fled the compound).

    @ghostman: TDKR was written a lot better though. IM3 just kinda starts with Act 2 after a random flashback, with a poorly written twist, and a villainous agenda which doesn't make any sense unless you pause the movie to think about it. Until I broke it down after seeing the film, I couldn't figure out how Killian went from wanting to perfect Extremis by getting funding for his think tank to suddenly wanting to execute the president and replace him with the VP. He wasn't seeking world domination after all. There was no explanation given there. Even after he injected Extremis into Pepper as leverage over Tony's intellect to fix Extremis' problems for him, he still didn't express any grandiose desires beyond profiting off Extremis being weaponized, which he could easily do without all the mayhem and destruction. Even the way they wrote the reveal in the climax was shoddy.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  6. Ghostman

    @thedude1 I didn't dodge anything you said. I stick with my opinionated views and think what they did with the Mandarin was acceptable with me, and see nothing wrong with it. It was a new spin that was something bold to do. I understand some hard core comic book fans will be pissed off, while others like me who aren't that knowledgeable in Iron Man lore will like what they did. If you want the version of the Mandarin you hoped to of seen, go watch 2007's "The Invincible Iron Man."

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  7. TheDude1

    @ghostman I liked that dodge of what I said. It was complete classless like what they did with the Madarin.

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  8. Ghostman

    Eh, say what you want @thedude1, it's still better than The Dark Knight Rises.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  9. TheDude1

    @ghostman The character of the Mandarin was mocked by having a big laugh at the expense of the guy who looked like the Mandarin from the comics and the TV shows.

    I say it was poorly written because they could have easily still had the twist that Killian was the Mandarin without making a big fat joke of the character from the comics.

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  10. Ghostman

    @thedude1 I don't see how it was poorly written. The whole smoke and mirrors trick worked just fine. Also, I'm sure the Mandarin wasn't "mocked" for Killian was a very serious villain in the movie.

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  11. TheDude1

    @slysnide I now understand and have read that Killian truly is the Mandarin. I've read the article where Shane Black admits it. However it doesn't bypass the problem in doing that storyline. The twist was so poorly written it seems they just threw it together. And there was no need to mock the character of the Mandarin from the comics and animated shows.

    On top of all that Killian also shares elements from Fin Fang Foom.

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  12. Youngrizo

    @therealGoku The difference is Thor was holding Stark, he wasn't even trying to crush him.

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  13. The Real Goku

    @ghostman@bawnian-dexeus crushing the arm without breaking Tony's arm doesn't show much strength. Are the extremis soldiers that much stronger than a God?

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  14. Ghostman

    @therealGoku Yet, you didn't acknowledge the fact that Thor did indeed damage Stark's suit during there fight. Also, the Extremis Soldiers and Killian were more powerful due to their enhanced strentgh and powers.

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  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @therealGoku Thor only smacked him once, and wasn't even trying. Plus, he nearly crushed his right arm with is bear hands. If he wanted to, he could have ended Stark

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. The Real Goku

    Has anyone ever stopped and thought... Thor couldn't break the iron man armor... A god!! Yet "the mandarin" SMH was ripping through the suits like nothing

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  17. JonSpidey07

    wow, I didn't think 'Iron Man 3' could bring in so much :)
    I liked it a lot next to #2 but I was pissed that the Mandarin was handled so poorly
    still a good summer movie though

    2 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  18. Diaigma

    Impressive! :P

    2 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  19. Ghostman

    @therealGoku I don't think he wasted his time, for it seemed like Ben Kingsley actually enjoyed playing his role.

    Would've made an interesting twist if General Ross was Killian's top prospective buyer for the perfected Extremis. It all had seemed very Red Hulkish to me.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  20. ejk1

    @slysnide Um, yes.

    @h-ryuga Actually he wasn't just standing there. Were you even watching the same film everyone else was?

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  21. The Real Goku

    Ben Kingsley completely wasted his time

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  22. The Real Goku

    I blame the WRITER!!

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  23. Joshua Hollaway

    The Dwarf breathes so loud, we could have shot him in the dark.

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  24. Hideki Ryuga

    @ejk1 but he didn't, he just stood there and watched her fall and don't even begin to think he didn't have anymore suits cause that will be a lame excuse as well
    when the joker threw batman's girl he just reacted, when they first attacked his house he reacted well, gave up his suit but there in the end...
    lucky for him she came back as a dragon

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  25. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @slysnide *sigh* That was beautiful

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  26. Dan

    @slysnide Nice breakdown.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. slysnide

    @dan1@ejk1@bawnian-dexeus@felipe-11@thedude1@rjh094: Here's a very simple lowdown on the Mandarin's role and why his adaptation is justified in the trilogy. Cults attract weird people. Some of said people have the gifts to personify the core ideals of that cult--IE: Sidhartha Gautama to Buddihism, Charles Manson to OT Jesus, Vernon Howell (David Koresh) to Davidians, Marshall Applewhite to Gender Identity Confusion, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) to New Age Religions/Cults, Henri Ducard to the League of Shadows--I could go on. The Ten Rings opposes capitalism and America for being corrupt/world police, etc etc. In the comics, I think they also disliked the notion of Arc Reactor Technology since it invoked the power of the rings, hence why they facilitated Vanko's trip to Monaco to kill Stark, and hence why their "leader" Killian/Mandarin was developing Extremis tech.

    Killian (like Manson, Applewhite, Koresh) had a unique childhood as one can imagine. Not only was he badly crippled, but he probably had lots of bullies like Stark in his life. Case in point, these people retreat to their psyche to form some justification for their life challenges, and what results is usually a religious or cultural experience which drastically affects their lives. Applewhite's gender confusion resulted in his believing he was an alien, Koresh's turbulent/dysfunctional upbringing paved the way for him to believe he was a religious prophet after a trip to Isreal, and Killian used his struggles and intelligence to develop a cure for unhealthy people, for what they all have in common is that they believe their new identity is meant to inspire/help people for the betterment of humanity. Extremis would certainly do that if it were perfected. Applewhite sought to save lost souls like he did, Koresh sought to save a sliver of a religious faction for salvation, and Killian sought to heal the masses cheaply and easily (and all three of them also do it to make themselves feel better, to get a rush out of it, they like the power trip since they come from backgrounds of powerlessness).

    So Killian has become desperate for Extremis to work, so desperate in fact that rather than gather all his extremis goons in some warehouse and kill them in a gas explosion and then exploit the VP's desire for Extremis in a much quieter, simpler way, he instead seeks to keep his test subjects alive at the cost of having to create this Mandarin persona to take the credit for a series of accidents which wouldn't have occurred has he just killed his goons earlier.

    The Mandarin persona he most likely discovered from being familiar with the Ten Rings given 1) Tony's kidnapping had been publicized enough by his public admittance of being Iron Man for those responsible to be identified, 2)Tony is partly the source of his chagrin, so it fits (enemy of my enemy) 3) being a known terrorist group (even corporate stooge Obadiah found them) it'd be easy to gain access to information on them, and 4) given Killian's psychological state, the Ten Rings were probably inspiring enough for him, as these people are typically drawn to certain cults.

    Hence Killian gets the dragon tattoos and secretly adopts the moniker Mandarin given its definition (mentioned briefly in the film), and he'd keep that to himself since it'd be deeply personal to him, and so he wouldn't be affiliated with the fake Mandarin persona he had Slattery create (which still reflects what Killian believes himself to be, or rather, to be becoming). We all saw how insane he got when proclaiming himself the Mandarin, specifically phrasing it as "I am the Mandarin. I always have been." The second sentence means nothing to anyone, but it obviously means something to him.

    And lastly, the Mandarin persona/identity is perfect for Killian since he couldn't get funding for the Extremis project. War profiteers could careless about healing soldiers/civilians, and so his marketing Extremis as a 'super soldier serum' was just a front for his true end of fulfilling this psychological need to fulfill/become his new identity, and it provided a good front for how he'd wield his newfound power, being the perfectly functional form of Extremis. And in so doing, he'd be an obvious enemy to western nations.

    So given all the above, Killian IS the Mandarin.

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  28. TheDude1

    @ghostman Wow nice article. Thanks for posting it. It seems they were running around with their heads cut off during this production.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  29. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus True. The way they make it out to be, he was never dead to begin with.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

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