The estimated tally for Iron Man 2's Friday opening is set at $52 million, which means it will definitely reach $130 million by the time this weekend calls it a close. With that tally, it is looking unlikely that the Jon Favreau directed sequel will break any major records. According to Deadline Hollywood, studio analysts have placed the film at number 5 for biggest weekend openings of all time, with the highly anticipated film falling in line behind Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Spider-Man 3, and The Dark Knight.

The film is a hit with fans and critics alike, and strong word of mouth may push these figures up as the weekend moves forward. Iron Man 2 opened in 4,380 screen across the U.S. on Friday, with the film pulling in $7.5 million from its Thursday midnight screenings alone. This marked the widest release of any film in Hollywood history. The film opened even earlier overseas, and has made a worldwide gross of $190 million thus far. Be sure to check our final weekend score on Sunday when we will have the film's total weekend earnings accounted for.

B. Alan Orange