Box Office Milestone: 'Iron Man 3' Hits $1 Billion Worldwide

9:13 AM PST 05/17/2013 by Pamela McClintock
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"Iron Man 3"

The Disney and Marvel Studios tentpole also jumps the $300 million mark at the domestic box office.

Taking only 22 days, Shane Black's Iron Man 3 hit $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales on Thursday to claim No. 16 on the list of all-time highest-grossing films.

In addition, Iron Man 3 crossed the $300 million mark at the domestic box office on Wednesday.

The Disney and Marvel Studios tentpole has earned $698.9 million internationally and $301.9 million in North America.

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In terms of global standing, Iron Man 3 has now surpassed Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963 million), Jurassic Park ($967 million) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($975 million).

After North America, Iron Man 3 has taken in the most in China ($104 million), followed by Korea ($55.6 million), U.K. ($49.7 million), Mexico ($43.6 million) and Russia ($40.2 million).

Iron Man 3 faces competition this weekend in North America and select territories from Star Trek Into Darkness, which opens Thursday domestically. And on Wednesday, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby narrowly edged past Iron Man 3 ($3.9 million versus $3.5 million) to top the domestic chart. Gatsby has earned $63.3 million in its first six days.

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