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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 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 ;-)

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