Friday, 17 May 2013

Iron Man has proved his mettle at the box office and surpassed the likes of The Dark Knight, to become the second highest-grossing comic book film ever. The second sequel to the popular Iron Man trilogy, was released in the cinema four weeks ago, and broke records soon after. In China it was received with mass applause managing to break opening-day records, reaching $100 million in China alone. Although the Chinese audience enjoyed a special cut version of the film that starred local actors and scenes. Although the film came under fire from Chinese bloggers who were irritated because local superstars such as Fan Bingbing were did not make it to the general cut. In other countries outside of the US, Iron Man 3 managed to collect a massive $700 million, having the worlds largest box office. In Britain alone, the film raked in £49.7 million, placing it 22nd on the all time list. 

The only other comic book film that received this level of financial and critical success is Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble blew apart the box office last summer to become the second highest grossing film ever. With an ensemble cast Captain America, Hawkeye, The Hulk, Black Widow, Iron Man and Thor, Whedon's summer blockbuster generated a massive amount of love from critics and the audiences. Iron Man 3 can only go onto collect more money while still in the cinema. It's not only the film that has become massively successful, director of the third installment, Shane Black, has quickly shot to fame after directing the comic book adaptation, as well as helping Drew Pearce hone in the script. Before Iron Man 3, Black had only directed one film, the 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, also starring Robert Downey Jr. and was probably better known for scripting Lethal Weapon way back in 1987. But now Black has been propelled into the top flight of Hollywood directors and will be getting back behind the camera to direct Doc Savage, a big budget outing for the pulp hero.

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