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Foreign Box Office: Solid $100.2M Start for ‘Iron Man 2’

Marvel’s tentpole sequel way ahead of the original in 53 international territories; opens in the U.S. next week.

Marvel’s “Iron Man 2” kicked off the summer tentpole season overseas this weekend, grossing $100.2 million at 6,764 locations spread across 53 territories.

The $200 million sequel, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Mickey Rourke as the baddie this time, finished in the No. 1 spot in 52 of those 53 markets.

In the U.K., the film grossed $12.2 million at 528 locations, pacing 49 percent of the original. In Korea, meanwhile, “Iron Man 2” took in $10.8 million at 855 theaters, which was 79 percent above version 1.0.

Other territory highlights included Russia ($8.2 million at 650 locations, 89 percent above “Iron Man 1”), Mexico ($7.3 million at 492 locations, 26 percent above “Iron Man”) and Brazil ($5.2 million from 350 locations, 56 percent better than the original).

The Paramount-distributed movie premieres in the U.S. on Friday.

The movie marks the first Marvel release since the company was acquired by Disney last year.