"Iron Man 2" got off to a sizable start this weekend, with midnight grosses totaling $7.5 million.
The franchise sequel opened to $100.2 million in 53 overseas markets.
The widespread marketing push for Focus Features' "Babies" is unusual for a specialty release.
Underscoring the softening of demand for indie pics in the Japanese market, pioneering arthouse operator Cinema Rise has announced it is closing two of three screens in its Tokyo theater in June.
After a boffo international rollout last weekend, "Iron Man 2" is primed to kick off a socko summer Stateside.
The boffo performance of Hollywood blockbusters in general and 3D productions in particular sparked record box office grosses in the European Union last year.
$10.1 million-budgeted comedy toplining Akshay Kumar opened worldwide on over 2,000 screens.
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The Chinese box office could approach $1.5 billion this year
"Iron Man 2" has officially kick-started the summer box office with a boffo early opening overseas.
"A Nightmare on Elm Street" rebooted effectively for Warner Bros. and New Line.