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Marvel pic earns record $21.5 million in China opening day

Disney and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ is officially on fire at the worldwide box office.

The 3D actioner, opening Friday in the U.S., earned a record-breaking $21.5 million in China on Wednesday, topping Marvel’s “The Avengers” ($18 million) as the highest opening day in the country’s box office history.

Iron Man 3’s” international haul now stands at a towering $307.7 million in just nine days.

Pic also opened in Germany and Thailand Thursday, bringing its Wednesday total to $65.6 million.

To put Marvel’s powerhouse into perspective — not only did “Iron Man 3″ top “The Avengers'” foreign debut last weekend, despite opening in fewer territories, the Robert Downey Jr. actioner has also already passed the total international box office cume for “Captain America” ($192 million), “Thor” ($268 million) and the first “Iron Man” ($267 million).

“Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, launches domestically Friday at 4,253 locations.

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