Hollywood is officially kicking off the summer with a foreign accent.
Moviegoers outside the United States can routinely expect increased ticket price.
Paramount and Marvel Entertainment mounted an aggressive international rollout of "Iron Man 2," with boffo results over the April 30-May 2 weekend at the international box office.
"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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