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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 05/10/2010

Weekend box office: 'Iron Man 2' blasts competition

By Liz Kelly

(Paramount Pictures)

And the summer movie season is off to a gargantuan start, with "Iron Man 2" leading a wave of big budget star-heavy blockbusters -- "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "Sex and the City 2," "Shrek Forever After," "The A-Team" -- hoping to score some summer box office sizzle the coming weeks.

Despite tepid pre-release buzz and a co-star who claimed not to know what the movie was about, the second installment in the Robert Downey Jr.-fronted "Iron Man" franchise utterly annihilated competition (and it's own 2008 predecessor) with a $133.6 million weekend box office take. Director Jon Favreau (who talked to our own Jen Chaney last week) can now add "directed movie with the fifth-highest grossing opening weekend of all time" to his resume. Money, indeed!

Although the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" reboot won last weekend's box office, Freddy Krueger proved no match for Iron Man. The second highest-grossing movie of the weekend, it lagged way behind with a humble showing of $9.2 million.

Sure, the trailers didn't do this Tina Fey/Steve Carrell match-up any favors, but there must be something there since "Date Night" continues to hold on to a respectable slot in the top five. Maybe I shouldn't wait for DVD, after all.

Rut roh. For anyone out there eagerly awaiting this-coming weekend's Ridley Scott-directed, Russell Crowe-starring "Robin Hood" in the hopes of forever erasing memories of the 1991 Kevin Costner cheese fest, prepare for disappointment. IndieWire's Todd McCarthy's early review is in and it doesn't look good. The movie, McCarthy writes, is "neither as good as the director's personal best period epic, 'Gladiator,' nor a match for Hollywood's most memorable previous accounts of the beneficent bandit of Sherwood Forest." Look for The Post review on Friday.

By Liz Kelly  | May 10, 2010; 10:21 AM ET
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It probably would have been cheaper for Universal to just negotiate with Warner to clean up and re-release "The Adventures of Robin Hood" with Error Flynn than to spend umpty-million dollars on yet another retelling of the story that will inevitably fail to live up to that 1938 classic.

Oh well. At least we can be grateful his brother didn't direct it. Can you imagine Tony Scott's take on Sherwood Forest? *shudder*

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I had assumed that Mickey Rourke doesn't know much about anything going on around him, so his quote has not affected my expectations for Iron Man 2.

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