Shellhead Soars Over Speed Racer!

Marvel Studios’ debut production Iron Man (Paramount) has held its place on top with an impressive second weekend estimated take of $50.5 million, down just 49% from its breakout opening weekend. This is the second best hold for a movie based on a Marvel Comics character after Spider-Man six years ago, compared to previous Marvel-based films that have faced second weekend drops of 52% or more. With a total gross of $177 million, Iron Man is already on the outskirts of becoming one of the top 10 superhero movies ever after just 10 and a half days.

It was already thought that the Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer starring Emile Hirsch and Matthew Fox, would have to settle for second place this weekend, but who knew that it would do so poorly that it barely held its ground with a mere $200 thousand lead over the Ashton Kutcher/Cameron Diaz comedy vehicle What Happens in Vegas (20th Century Fox)? It may be too close a race to call, but Warner Bros. has claimed second place with an estimated $20.2 million in 3,606, a disappointing opening compared to the movie’s rumored $120 million production budget.

You can read’s full box office report for the weekend here.

Source: Box Office Mojo