Tony Stark must be feeling pretty good about himself today.

Not only is he one of the stars of the biggest opening weekend of all time, from last year’s The Avengers, but he also just took second place with the release of his third solo flick, Iron Man 3. That makes Robert Downey Jr. Hollywood’s new golden boy, even if he isn’t quite on the road to that Oscar yet.

Iron Man 3’s $175.3 million weekend is second only to The Avengers’ $207.4, which it obviously fell far short of. It knocked the final Harry Potter film down to #3.

However, it was a huge increase over Iron Man 2’s $128.1 million weekend and is almost certain to outgross the previous two films, since word of mouth is about as good as can be.

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And in even better news for Marvel and Disney, Iron Man 3 has already become the top earner from the franchise worldwide with $680.1 million. With more upcoming films including a new Thor, a new Captain America, The Avengers 2 and, inevitably, Iron Man 4, clearly it’s good news ― if not exactly surprising news ― that audiences are still hungry for as much Marvel as possible.

It’s also good news for Gwyneth Paltrow, whose potential hateability clearly didn’t keep anyone away.

This officially makes Robert Downey Jr. one of the kings of the box office (not that he was exactly chopped liver before), perhaps even unseating Johnny Depp from that role. (We'll see how The Lone Ranger does later this summer.)

It's also big news for director Shane Black, whose only other directorial outing, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (also starring Robert Downey Jr.) grossed a mere $15 million worldwide. Apparently, these Marvel movies can do wonders for a career...

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