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Iron Man had no trouble with its targeted audience this past weekend.

The phrase uttered by Iron Man executives this past weekend to each other was likely "crisis averted". Some executives responsible for the movie Iron Man -- which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow -- expressed concerns that Grand Theft Auto IV would seriously erode the movie's opening weekend.

It appears that the Iron Man executives had little to fear when the final box office tallies came in yesterday. The movie brought in $100.7M over the weekend -- the heady tally makes it the second highest gross for a non-sequel behind Spider-Man and the tenth highest grossing movie of all time. Iron Man' returns were boosted by it showing in an impressive 4,105 theaters.

"We could not have hoped for a better way for Marvel Studios to blast off," said Marvel Studios Chairman David Maisel.

The strong showing by Iron Man in theaters reinforces the fact that big-budget Hollywood movies can still draw in an audience despite high ticket prices and a weakened economy. The results also echoed Marvel Studios president of marketing Geoff Ammer's comments last week. "The two properties can co-exist in the marketplace," said Ammer on April 27. "We believe that moviegoers will make going to see Iron Man part of their weekend plans."

For its part, Grand Theft Auto IV has pulled in record numbers of its own. Although final U.S. figures have yet to be released, estimates peg that the game will have an opening week of roughly $400M -- this would surpass the $300M high watermark set by Halo 3 in 2007.

In the UK alone, ChartTrak says that combined first-day sales for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto totaled 609,000 making it the fastest selling game in the UK.

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RE: Here's the thing....
By bighairycamel on 5/5/2008 9:45:19 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, Iron Man is probably the best comic-to-movie adaptation I've seen.

Exactly what I was thinking (although Batman Begins was a close 2nd), but by FAR the best for a Marvel character.

~~~ Some small spoilers below~~~
There are a lot of little tidbits thrown in for the comic book fan, which I thought was really cool. The appearance of S.H.I.E.L.D, the fact that he doesn't keep his identity a secret, Jarvis (although he was an A/I in the movie), and the hint at a possible War Machine, among others.

Seems like they actually did their research on this one.

RE: Here's the thing....
By masher2 on 5/5/2008 10:05:55 AM , Rating: 2
> "Exactly what I was thinking (although Batman Begins was a close 2nd)"

I'd put Batman Begins first myself, as the only comic adaptation that doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence. Admittedly, Downey was highly entertaining in the role of Stark, though.

RE: Here's the thing....
By bighairycamel on 5/5/2008 10:29:02 AM , Rating: 2
I'd put Batman Begins first myself, as the only comic adaptation that doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence.

What does that mean exactly. One thing I really loved about this movie is that they didnt try to scientifically explain anything while not dumbing it down at the same time. The thing about comic-based movies is that they're fantasy movies. Characters like Tony Stark,Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom could basically make any fantastic little invention they wanted to. I don't want a comic based movie to try and follow laws of science.

RE: Here's the thing....
By masher2 on 5/5/2008 10:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
> "I don't want a comic based movie to try and follow laws of science. "

That's a valid viewpoint. However, I enjoyed BB specifically because it did follow the 'laws of science' relatively closely, didn't strain credulity or the suspension of disbelief, and included a set of psychologically complex characters, rather than stock heroes and supervillains.

By therealnickdanger on 5/5/2008 12:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
Good Lord, mash, how do you survive sitting through movies like Star Wars? :P

I definitely agree about Batman Begins though, it was much deeper than Iron Man, but then that's the fundamental difference between Stark and Wayne's characters.

RE: Here's the thing....
By StormEffect on 5/5/2008 7:58:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, no offence dude, but you must have a hard time enjoying ANY media. It's hard not to be when you have the ability to disseminate the failings and inconsistencies around you in such vivid detail.

Either that or you "dumb yourself down" for entertainment's sake, but that is unlikely.

RE: Here's the thing....
By Locutus465 on 5/5/2008 10:15:06 AM , Rating: 3
Something I've been wondering about... I only dabbled in Iron man when I was a kid but, wasn't stark wheelchair bound in the comics? I thought that was a huge part of the draw for him to be in the suite so much, the added mobility.

RE: Here's the thing....
By bighairycamel on 5/5/2008 10:23:02 AM , Rating: 2
All Marvel movies are adapted from the Ultimate universe, not 414. Some more loosely than others... (i'm looking at you Spider-man)

RE: Here's the thing....
By masher2 on 5/5/2008 11:19:30 AM , Rating: 2
Just curious, but what's the difference between the two? Chronological age?

RE: Here's the thing....
By bighairycamel on 5/5/2008 11:33:14 AM , Rating: 3
Ultimate was basically a modernization of all the popular heroes. Not too many differences but some of the back story had been rewritten. Example - The venom symbiote was a result of a failed cancer experiment, not an alien like in the original story. Other than that it's basically just the same people with seperate story arcs going on.

The universe was created to try and revive an interest in comics among young people in the 90s during very slumping (if that's a word) sales. It's success is the reason why they chose to use the Ultimate universe for the movie adaptations.

I personally don't like the Ultimate universe as it confuses old timers like me who grew up on the 414 universe. The two universes are completely separate and it's very annoying to have multiple story arcs for the same teams/heroes going on at the same time. And then you have to try and remember when reading whether events happened in this or that universe.

RE: Here's the thing....
By rdeegvainl on 5/5/2008 11:42:09 AM , Rating: 2
Not even close. The main continuity line in marvel is earth 616. Also the movies are not adapted from the ultimate universe either. Do a search for pics and enter "iron man ultimate" and you can instantly tell the difference.
Spider-man movies weren't based on ultimate universe any more than the other universes. They took the basic concept of his character and villains and ran with it.

RE: Here's the thing....
By bighairycamel on 5/5/2008 11:46:16 AM , Rating: 2
Dont know why I said 414, lol. 616 is what I meant anyway

Anyway, yes they are. Go back and read some old Wizards where the producers specifically say they are adapted from the Ultimate universe. The key word is "adapted". If you want obvious proof from Iron Man check out Nick Fury at the end. He's BLACK. 616 Nick Fury is white.

RE: Here's the thing....
By rdeegvainl on 5/5/2008 11:54:39 AM , Rating: 2
if all it takes is a the color of something to show adaptation, take a look at the iron man suit in both. Did you ever read the Ultimates where they were talking about who would play them in movies. I liked the tie in.

Anyways I haven't read the wizards your talking about. I'm going by the events of the movies themselves. Which producers was it though. I am interested in reading their take on it.

RE: Here's the thing....
By bighairycamel on 5/5/2008 12:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
Ultimate Iron Man was still red/yellow with a few silver spots. And if you want to go by costumes, compare classic X-men with Ultimate and look at the movie. The lower-profile leather costume look WAS NOT from the 616.

The Wizard was from waaay back, and IIRC was from an interview about the upcoming Spider-man movie. They mentioned that the Marvel movies (X-men was done the year before) were based on the Ultimate universe.

RE: Here's the thing....
By rdeegvainl on 5/5/2008 12:37:35 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it was mostly gray with a couple yellow/red spots. except the knees. But not to argue semantics it looked like a cheap plastic toy. No doubt to appeal to the younger crowd. Iron man though follows the premise of 616 and not ultimate at all. The black nick fury is about the only connection.

RE: Here's the thing....
By rdeegvainl on 5/5/2008 12:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
Ummm don't know why the knees comment is in there. Bad editing on my part.

RE: Here's the thing....
By Gastrian on 5/5/2008 6:30:10 PM , Rating: 2
The Ultimate X-men came out in 2001 a year after the first X-Men movie in 2000 and the Iron Man movie has less in common with the Ultimate Iron Man story than batman and Robin had in common with any DC comic.

In the Ultimates stroyline Stark is a genetic freak who is hyper intelligent because his entire body is essentially a brain and he is also continously regenerating at a celular level at such a high speed it is killing him so needs to wear an organic membrane armour that eats away at his skin tissue to keep it in check.

Rhodes was involved in the building of the ironman suit when Tony Stark was still a teenager.

Tony Stark does not have a heart problem he has a brain tumour.

But of course because Nick Fury is black in the Ultimates and the movie thats the link ;-)

RE: Here's the thing....
By Sleazell on 5/5/2008 10:56:50 AM , Rating: 3
My wife read that Marvel actually produced the movie and will be doing all the other Marvel movies themselves instead of having others get all the money. I think that had to be the reason it was done so well. So I guess they are behind the new Hulk. If so I will probably go see it seeing how well they did with Iron Man.

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