Iron Man defeats GTA IV rumour

While we were all enjoying some much needed bank holiday rest, the Marvel Studios team were celebrating a huge box office success with Iron Man. Jon Favreau’s take on the superhero opened strong and kept on going, eventually nabbing $102.1 million in the US, while also grabbing $96.8 million elsewhere for a staggering worldwide opening weekend of $201 million. So, yeah, all those reports about how Grand Theft Auto IV was going to eat into Iron Man's stash of cash? Utter nonsense.

Marvel has (shockingly) already greenlit a sequel for 2010, as well as shoving Thor onto the fast track for the same year, The First Avenger: Captain America for 2011 and, if all goes well, the first Avengers movie shortly after.

Attempting to counterprogram the largely male-orientated Marvel release, Made Of Honour did decent if unspectacular business, taking in $14.7 million. The two new arrivals pushed Baby Mama down to third, with the comedy making $10 million in its second trimester… er, week. Its total is now at $32 million. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, meanwhile, nabbed $6.1 million for a current total of $25.3 million.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall slipped down one place to fifth, grabbing $6 million for a current total of $44 million, while The Forbidden Kingdom saw a drop of three places to sixth with $45 million in its coffers so far.

At seventh, kids’ adventure Nim’s Island made $2.6 million, while Prom Night dropped to eighth for $2.4 million.

At the bottom of the charts, 21 is sitting pretty with $79 million in the bank, while largely ignored thriller 88 Minutes resides in 10th with $15 million in total.

The Total Film team are made up of the finest minds in all of film journalism. They are: Editor Jane Crowther, Deputy Editor Matt Maytum, Reviews Ed Matthew Leyland, News Editor Jordan Farley, and Online Editor Emily Murray. Expect exclusive news, reviews, features, and more from the team behind the smarter movie magazine.