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Box Office: ‘Pain and Gain’ Punches $7.5 Million in Friday Grosses

Overseas, 'Iron Man 3' is posting heroic numbers ahead of its domestic bow

While Disney’s “Iron Man 3” is rolling out with strong numbers abroad before its May 3 Stateside bow, American auds are showing an appetite for action with Paramount’s newest Michael Bay-helmed film “Pain and Gain” earning $7.5 million at the domestic box office on Friday.

Pain and Gain,” based on a Miami New Times article of the same name, is looking at a three-day haul of around $20 million. Pic cost Paramount $26 million to make, so the numbers for the Friday bow suggest a strong start.

The most recent tally had “Iron Man 3” amassing $36.5 million of international coin through Thursday, with a full five-day report (it opened Wednesday in 12 of its 46 launch territories) expected Sunday morning. The benchmark is set by the overseas bow of “The Avengers,” which earned $185 million in 39 markets last year.

Paramount is holding “Pain and Gain’s” overseas debut for August.

Domestically, Universal’s sci-fi holdover “Oblivion” took second place on Friday with $5.2 million, and Warner Bros.’ biopic “42” landed in third with $3 million. The films have cumed $52.4 million and $61.3 million, respectively.

Lionsgate’s “The Big Wedding” opened to $2.5 million Friday. Pre-weekend estimates that had the R-rated laffer earning north of $10 million have been adjusted downward to a three-day take of around $7.5 million.

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