Box Office Report: 'Iron Man 3' Zooms Past $240 Million Overseas

9:47 AM PST 05/01/2013 by Pamela McClintock
Marvel Entertainment
"Iron Man 3"

The next big test for the summer's first superhero tentpole is China, where the threequel opens Wednesday.

Disney and Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 has zoomed past the $240 million mark at the international box office, surpassing the total foreign take for fellow Marvel pic Captain America: The First Avenger, which earned $192 million in summer 2011.

Directed by franchise newcomer Shane Black, Iron Man 3 opened overseas late last week, a week ahead of its May 3 North American rollout.

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The superhero tentpole, debuting to $198 million internationally, is playing more like a follow-up to last year's Marvel blockbuster The Avengers, versus a follow-up to Iron Man 2, evidenced by the fact that it surpassed the $185.1 million foreign debut of Avengers. Iron Man 2 debuted to $100 million overseas.

Iron Man 3, returning Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, took in $24.3 million on Tuesday, pushing the film's foreign total to $242.1 million.

In terms of a territory breakdown, the U.K. leads with a total cume of $24.3 million, followed by Korea ($23.7 million), Mexico ($21.7 million), Australia ($20.7 million), France ($19.5 million), Brazil ($15.7 million), Italy ($13.3 million), Taiwan ($10 million), the Philippines ($8.9 million) and Japan ($8.2 million), among others.

The next big test for Iron Man 3 is China, where the film opens on Wednesday, a holiday.

Below, the cast of Iron Man 3 talks with THR on the red carpet at the film's premiere:

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