Iron Man garners Rs 30 million in India; $100.8 mn worldwide

Mumbai: Paramount Films and Marvel Entertainment’s Iron Man has garnered $ 100.8 million during its opening weekend in US.

The film, which released on 2 May in India, has become the second highest Hollywood weekend grosser after Spiderman I in the non-sequel genre. Iron Man, which had a day and date release in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu grossed Rs 30 million (Rs 3 crores) on a national basis over the weekend.

The film is an action-adventure based on the long-running Marvel comic book series.

The movie, which cost about $150 million to make and another $75 million to market, has drawn favorable reviews.

Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr. as a billionaire industrialist and playboy named Tony Stark who wrestles with midlife crisis as he invents a high-tech suit of armor that transforms him into a superhero. He is the enigmatic heir to the Stark Enterprises and the US Government’s top weapons contractor protecting American interests around the globe for decades.

Iron Man, distributed by Paramount Films, is Marvel’s first venture into complete financing of a feature film and has hence invested a lot of time and strategy in developing it as a potential franchise for further exploration.

The film is directed by Jon Favreau, and also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard.