BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: How Much Money Will ‘Iron Man 2’ Make This Weekend?

The most anticipated film of the summer opens this weekend but will it be able to beat the $98 million opening weekend of its predecessor?


Iron Man 2 This weekend officially kicks off the summer movie season with the highly anticipated sequel, Iron Man 2. Actor Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire super-hero Tony Stark, along with his faithful assistant Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow. This time they are joined by new cast members Don Cheadle, who replaces Terrence Howard from the first film, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell as the film's villains and Scarlett Johansson as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Black Widow. Once again, the film is directed by Jon Favreau and actor Samuel L. Jackson also returns as S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury. The original Iron Man, grossed $98 million in it's opening weekend in 2008 and went on to earn over $300 million world wide. It's a foregone conclusion that Iron Man 2 will be atop the box office charts this weekend but the big question that remains is just how much money will it earn?

Early predictions have the film coming in at around $130 million over the weekend, which would place it as the third best opening weekend of all time right behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3, respectively. The film currently has eighty-four fans on our site and has an average rating of 4.5. The trailer for the film has received 136,000 views as well. Currently, sixty-eight people have rated the film on our site and forty of them have given the film five stars. While early reviews say the film is good, they don't say that it is great and most claim that it's not as good as the original. Some early fan complaints include that the film tries too hard to squeeze in too much in too little time. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the movie. "I watched it last night and I was so disappointed! The villains were rubbish. Not enough Iron Man action and Don Cheadle looked laughable in the War Machine outfit, the whole film just lacked something BIG! On a good note the end fight scene is pretty good, but didn't last long enough at all." However not all of our readers have been as disappointed with the film. "The movie was good, a ten out of ten. They could have had a little bit more in the movie but I still really liked it. The first one was good and the second one rocks! I can't want for the third one." The film opened a week earlier overseas and has already earned $132 million in its first week. That total combined with the estimated domestic gross anticipated for this weekend will put the film well beyond it's estimated $200 million production cost, which should make Paramount and Marvel Studio executives very happy and ensure an Iron Man 3 for fans.

Elm Street Predicted to fall one space from last week to number two is director Samuel Bayer's re-imagining of the classic 1984 horror film A Nightmare On Elm Street. Oscar Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley takes over the iconic role from the character's originator Robert Englund and is joined by actress Rooney Mara (Dare) as Nancy Thompson, and actors Kyle Gallner (The Haunting In Connecticut and Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). The film earned the number one spot last week but only brought in $32.2 million instead of the $35.6 that was predicted. The film was released in 3,332 theaters and earned $9,665 on each, which was more than enough to earn back the film's purported $27 million production cost. The film is predicted to bring in another $10 million this weekend at the box office. The movie currently has forty-one fans on our site. Last week the film was given a 4.0 rating by our readers but that has fallen to 3.8 now. Out of the sixty-six people who have rated the movie on our site, forty-five of them have given it four stars or more and the trailer has gained almost 2,000 views in the last week.

Falling one space from last week and predicted to come in third is the DreamWorks animated film that just won't quit, How to Train Your Dragon. The film, which stars Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig, as of last weekend had already earned $192 million in just six weeks on the charts, surpassing it's $165 million production cost. The film premiered at number one during its debut week but then dropped down to the lower part of the top five, where it stayed until two weeks ago when it bounced back to duke it out with Kick-Ass for the number one spot. While it ultimately came in second that weekend in a photo finish, it finally retained the top spot two weeks ago out of nowhere in it's fifth week on the charts. Lat week the film fell one spot to number two and now falls another spot to the number three position on the charts. While the film dropped 29.5% and was seen on 239 less films than the week before, it still managed to earn $3,160 on each of its 3,426 screens last week. The film is estimated to earn another $6.5 million this weekend. It currently has thirty-one fans on our site and an average rating of 4.7. Forty-seven people have rated the film and thirty-one of them gave it five stars, while the trailer has gotten almost a thousand new views this week.

The Back-Up Plan Predicted to come in forth again this weekend is superstar Jennifer Lopez's comedy The Back-Up Plan. The film, which also stars Alex O'Loughlin is predicted to earn another $5 million this weekend. The film dropped 40.7% last weekend and earned $2,207 on each of its 3,280 screens for a weekend total of $7.2 million. As of last week, the film had grossed around $22.9 million in just two weeks but even with another $5 million this week, it will still be short of it's $35 million production cost. While the film only has eleven fans on our site it is receiving an average rating of 3.3 and the trailer has received over 4,000 views. Eleven people on our site have rated the movie and seven of them have given the film four stars or more. Rounding out the top five and predicted to fall two spots from last week is the Steve Carell & Tina Fey comedy Date Night, which is predicted to earn another $4.6 million. Last week, the film dropped 27.4% from the previous week and was seen on 201 less screens, earning $2,457 in each of the 3,093 theaters it was shown in. As of now, the movie has earned $73.6 million in just four weeks, surpassing its $55 million production cost. The film currently has only thirteen fans on our site but has received an average rating of 4.0 and has had over 7,000 views of it's trailer. Over twenty-five people on our site have rated the film and seventeen of them have given in it four stars or more.

The rest of the top ten films at the box office this weekend are predicted to look like this. The 3D remake of the classic '80s Greek-mythology film Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes is set to move up one spot from last week and take the number six position, earning an estimated $3.8 million. As of last weekend, the film's total domestic gross was around $155 million, already surpassing its $125 million purported production cost. Coming in at number seven this week and predicted to fall one spot from last week is the adaptation of the extremely popular DC Comics/Vertigo graphic novel, The Losers starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short and Jason Patric. As of last week, the film has only earned around $19 million domestically, which unfortunately is short of its $25 million purported production cost. The film is predicted to earn another $3 million this weekend, which will bring it a little closer to breaking even. Predicted to enter the box office charts this week at number eight is the documentary Babies, which is estimated to earn around $2.9 million in it's opening weekend. The film currently has four fans on our site, is tracking an average rating of 2.4 and has had over 7,000 views of its trailer.

Coming in at ninth place and predicted to fall four spots back from last week is the children's animal comedy Furry Vengeance starring Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields. The film managed to earn only $6.5 million last week in its debut and was seen on 2,997 screens, earning about $2,169 in each theater. The film is predicted to earn an additional $2.5 million this weekend. Finally, predicted to round off the top ten this week is Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's extremely popular comic book series, Kick-Ass. The film, which stars Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz is predicted to drop two spots from last week and earn another $2 million. As of last week the movie had earned a domestic gross of around $43 million in just under three weeks, which is a nice profit based on the film's $30 million purported production cost. Be sure to check out Box Office Beat Down this Sunday to see who is crowned the King of the box office this week and check back here next week for more box office predictions!

Iron Man 2 was released May 7th, 2010 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh.

A Nightmare on Elm Street was released April 30th, 2010 and stars Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton. The film is directed by Samuel Bayer.

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  1. Marcusx

    im guessing $133 Million. Thats what i think

    5 years agoby @marcusxFlag

  2. Blah2003

    I thought iron man 2 was awsome. But why do people keep on talking s**t about it. My friends all didn't want to watch it and they have like 3 times already. And that assistant was-WOW-she can really kick peoples ass. there was soo much action and in the end.liked the story.SO GO WATCH IT AND BE THEJUGDE UR SELF AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT PEOPLES BAD COMMENTS.

    5 years agoby @blah2003Flag

  3. T.Clark

    What the f*ck do you mean the Avengers thing needs to stop? They've been setting up for it since the first Iron Man. They can't just forget about it. They've obviously put their trust in the makers of Thor and Cap that they'll do well.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  4. Batman Rules !!!

    The movie entertains but it really disappointed me. So many characters wasted and that avengers thing needs to stop. They don't even know how good the other marvel characters from the avengers will do

    5 years agoby @the-fallenFlag

  5. kingbrady

    ironman 2 on IMAX is a waste of wasnt even filmed in IMAX in any scene, it just to boost IMAX value and cash grab, regular screening is just fine

    5 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  6. TheSymbiote

    @Avian Go see it! The story wasn't as great as the first because there were too many things going on at 1 time but overall its entertaining

    5 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  7. PhxtonyMex

    I KNOW it'll be missing my money!

    5 years agoby @phxtonymexFlag

  8. Chris

    As long as it beats out spider-man 3 I'm happy, I'll finally be watching it tomorrow on IMAX so I know the rest of today will go pretty slow.

    5 years agoby @unknown21Flag

  9. Avian

    $130 million. I'm still wandering if I really want to see though. Hearing it's not that great. :(

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  10. Emmytt

    no the sorry lol

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  11. Emmytt

    iron man 2 is the marvels dark knight

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  12. slysnide

    Given the mere $140mil in 11 days in several Euro countries doesn't seem to indicate a good thing. I predict that it won't do as good in foreign markets as the fist one. But I project a $140mil weekend in the US.

    5 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  13. Ultimatum

    I say $140-150 due to its population and how good the first was.

    5 years agoby @theultimatumFlag

  14. XSSIV

    Since IM2 got the midnight showings last night and I've seen a CRAZY busy weekend matinee overflow schedule... I'm betting $152m for the full weekend frame.

    5 years agoby @xssivFlag

  15. slysnide

    Considering that this film earned a record breaking 15 showtimes at my theater (which only showed TDK 7 times or so on opening day) then I predict it'll either succomb to being overhyped, or be ridiculously successful. But not in the middle. It's already scored $140 million in European Markets, but it's been out there for 11 days already.

    5 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  16. XSSIV

    I'll bet Dragon manages to hang on and hand Freddy his ass...

    Just sayin'

    5 years agoby @xssivFlag

  17. TheDude1

    How do you only figure 130 million? This movie should easily be able to make 145 million to 150 million. Highly doubtful it will break The Dark Knight's record for biggest opening but it could be close. As for Nightmare on Elm Street only making 10 million is a bit low. During the week it only fell a little bit day after day which is a big surprise. It also made 1.2 million Thursday which is a great lead into the weekend. I think NOES easily makes 14 million this weekend.

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  18. Buriblazing

    150 million

    5 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  19. moviegeek

    JayM commented on the same thing as me. I didn't see that :P Sorry !

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  20. moviegeek

    How would $130 make it the third-best opening?? That would make it 5th behind also Twilight New Moon and Pirates 2!

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  21. The Dark Knight

    oh boy the box office betting

    5 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  22. Dark enV

    @Diaigma, thank you sir, I worked on it for a little while, wanted to get a portion of all the posters and such we've seen thus far. :P

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  23. Diaigma

    @enV. You, Sir, win the Airbender avatar award, my friend. That thing is BOSS! :P

    @Fallen. Thank you, Sir.

    I think The Iron Man 2 will do very nice. 120-140 abouts. Yes? What!

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  24. JayM

    If Iron Man 2 makes 130 million it would be the fifth biggest opening weekend, not third. New Moon made 142.8 and Dead Man's Chest made 135.6. Iron Man 2 will make between 145 and 150 which would be good for third.

    5 years agoby @jaymFlag

  25. Dark enV

    Iron Man 2, $147 million.

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  26. Lock and Stock

    Iron Man 2 may make $101 million. Iron Man 3 will make $130 million. I just don't think Iron Man has the Batman/Spider-Man appeal quite ready.

    5 years agoby @m-man360Flag

  27. Remy72883

    i really dot know how much its gonna make seeing how its already been leaked online

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  28. Clockworkcookie

    It deserves to beat the first because it's so much better :)

    5 years agoby @clockworkcookieFlag

  29. the Narrator

    Haha @Diaigma. No worries friend, you'll get your shot to predict TLA's outcome. :)

    As for Iron Man 2's earnings... I'd say 120 to 140 million.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  30. Mwheeler1324

    iron man will be no#1 & yes Nightmare will be no#2 but will earn about 15 million.

    5 years agoby @mwheeler1324Flag

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