Iron Man 3 smashes box office over opening weekend, breaks Aus record

30 April, 2013 by Emily Blatchford

Iron Man 3 has broken an Australian box office record with an opening weekend box office taking of $14,090,713.

This means the third instalment of the popular franchise, starring Robert Downey Junior and Gwyneth Paltrow, is now ranked seventh in the top 10 Australian opening weekends of all time. 


Distributed by Disney, the action film opened in Australia on April 24 and knocked Paramount’s Transformers: the Revenge of the Fallen from its number seven perch. Transformers hit Australian screens on 24 June 2009 with an opening weekend box office of $13,642,520. 

Big-budget franchises dominate the top ten list, with Warner Bros’ Harry Potter taking three of the top five spots. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two comes in at number one with an opening weekend of $18,364,584 in 2011, while The Deathly Hallows: Part One sits at number three with a 2010 opening of $15, 291 926 and The Half Blood Prince of 209 at number five with $14,300,931. 

Also making the cut is The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Hoyts) at number two with an opening of $16,109,479 in 2009, and The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) which took $15,107,438 over its opening weekend in 2012.