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Locally filmed 'Iron Man 3' lands No. 2 US debut, raking in $175M

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Iron Man is a bigger golden boy than ever with a $175.3 million opening weekend at the domestic box office for the superhero's latest sequel.

According to studio estimates Sunday, "Iron Man 3" had the second-biggest debut ever, behind the $207.4 million start last year for "The Avengers," which teamed him with other Marvel Comics heroes.

Opening a week earlier overseas, "Iron Man 3" has hauled in $504.8 million internationally, giving the blockbuster a worldwide total of $680.1 million.

The film shot past the $312 million international total for "Iron Man 2" in its entire theatrical run.

"Iron Man 3" far outpaced the franchise's first two movies. "Iron Man" launched the series with a $98.6 million domestic debut in 2008, while 2010's "Iron Man 2" opened with $128.1 million.

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Tax Break

The movie made $680.10 million and we give them a tax break. Come on what are we thinking, in most countries this (bribery) would be against the law. Isn’t that what we are doing? They want money to come here and we give it to they. Are is that blackmail?

what an opening weekend

My daughter and grand daughter saw IM3. Said it was the best of the series so far. They said the city was not really presented well in the movie. This goes along wit this article:
http://portcitydaily.com/2013/05/03/iron-man-3-you-wont-see-much-of-wilm...

And this quote from the Wilmington REgional Film Commission:

"Apart from some glimpses of local landmarks, like the port and New Hanover Regional Medical Center, if you didn’t know it was filmed here, you wouldn’t know by the movie, noted Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, who saw the film at Sunday’s screening."

So IM3 drives comic book sales. But film incentive supporters claim it would drive tourism here. If you can't tell it's Wilmington - then how does that happen? In fact the thrust of the movie was to make you think it was Florida, again Mr Griffin:
"There were the scenes that they shot down on the Cape Fear River, with all the people dangling from the cranes and the cables, and everybody saw that,” he said. “But the way it’s married with this footage in the film, it’s made to look like it’s in Florida somewhere.”

Well that shoots THAT argument down by incentive supporters.....
It's too bad we can't tax ALL the box office receipts....

Vog