iron man 3 thursday box office 'Iron Man 3' makes $15 million plus on opening nightThe opening night for “Iron Man 3” was a pretty big one at the box office.

The Marvel movie raked in an estimated $15.6 million in late-night showings Thursday (May 2), ahead of its official-official opening Friday. It’s expected to make somewhere in the $150 million neighborhood by the close of its first weekend.

The Thursday-night haul for “Iron Man 3” is well ahead of the $7.5 million “Iron Man 2” made in midnight showings three years ago but a little behind the $18.7 million “The Avengers” took in last year. (“Iron Man 2” made $128 million in its first weekend, while “The Avengers” set an all-time record of $207.4 million.)

The new movie, which features Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) facing off against The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), has already made more than $345 million overseas, topping the total for each of the first two “Iron Man” movies.

Are you seeing “Iron Man 3” this weekend?

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Posted by:Rick Porter