Iron Man

Robert Downey, Jr. Named Hollywood’s Most Valuable Star

Actor Robert Downey, Jr. has been crowned as Hollywood’s Most Valuable Star for the second consecutive year in a new magazine poll.

The Iron Man actor retained his place at number one on the Vulture.com top 100 list, earning him the title of ‘The King’ by website editors, who took into account factors including film box office takings, studio value, and likability with fans and critics alike for the countdown.

He beat out Leonardo DiCaprio, who ranked second, followed by The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in third.

Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt rounded out the top five, while Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks all ranked in the top 10.

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‘Star Trek’ Makes $70M, But Falls Short of Expectations

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” has warped its way to a $70.6 million domestic launch from Friday to Sunday, though it’s not setting any records with a debut that was lower than the studio expected.

The latest voyage of the starship Enterprise fell short of its predecessor, 2009’s “Star Trek,” which opened with $75.2 million.

Since premiering Wednesday in huge-screen IMAX theaters and expanding Thursday to general cinemas, “Into Darkness” has pulled in $84.1 million, well below distributor Paramount’s initial forecast of $100 million. The film has added $80.5 million overseas.

The “Star Trek” sequel bumped “Iron Man 3” down to second-place after two weekends on top. Robert Downey Jr.’s superhero saga took in $35.2 million domestically and $40.2 million overseas to shoot its worldwide total to nearly $1.1 billion.

Iron Man is Biggest Blockbuster of 2013 in UK So Far

Robert Downey, Jr.’s superhero spectacular Iron Man 3 has crushed the competition at the British box office to land the biggest opening weekend of the year.

The third installment of the Iron Man franchise, starring Downey, Jr. as playboy industrialist-turned-crime fighter Tony Stark, has broken the 2013 record set by movie musical Les Miserables back in January following its release last week.

The blockbuster raked in $22 million over the weekend, making it the biggest movie event of the year so far after Les Miserables scored $13 million in its first few days on sale.

The figures dwarf U.K. ticket sales for the first two movies in the franchise – 2008’s Iron Man and 2010’s Iron Man 2, which brought in opening weekend sales of approximately $7.7 million and $10.9 million respectively.

Iron Man 3’s huge opening has pushed Gerard Butler’s thriller Olympus Has Fallen into second place with weekend takings of $1.5 million.

The Iron Man sequel, which opens in America on Friday, is enjoying massive box office success around the world and became Italy’s biggest opener for the month of April earlier this week.

Robert Downey, Jr. Predicts at Least One Oscar Win

Actor Robert Downey, Jr. is convinced that it’s only a matter of time before he is on stage collecting an Oscar for Best Actor.

The Iron Man star has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, once for 1992’s Chaplin and again in 2008 for his comedic turn in Tropic Thunder.

However, Downey, Jr. has no problems about missing out on Hollywood’s biggest prize to Al Pacino and Heath Ledger respectively, because he knows he will eventually hold the fabled golden statuette in his hand.

He tells GQ, “I know it’s going to happen. That’s just a fact. I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn’t have at least one. Because it just doesn’t make sense. That’s why I don’t mind showing up and watching everybody else get them.”

Despite his self-confidence, the actor insists he doesn’t strive for critical acclaim, adding, “I don’t care. I used to think I cared, and I couldn’t care less. Now, I’m not saying I wouldn’t get a little choked up, but it is amazing to see how people are literally hyperventilating when they get up there, because they have such an attachment to this outcome. I mean, it’s not like we’re at the Olympics or something.”

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The Avengers Assemble Smash More Box Office Records


It seems that the more superheroes you have, the more likely you are to reap in the financial benefits, as The Avengers Assemble was released to American audiences yesterday (May 5th) to a huge reception. The superhero ensemble movie became the second-highest grossing movie on its opening day in the States, amassing a huge $91.1 million on the opening day, trailing only to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. According to a report by the Daily Mail, it will look to smash the record for highest weekend gross as it is expected to take in a whopping $169.2 million by the end of today. Should it reach this target then it will place the film above the two current highest weekend grosses, The Dark Knight and The Hunger Games.

The huge opening looks to be the start of what can only be a tremendously successful summer for Hollywood, as future smashes The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will look to capitalise on the success already started by The Avengers Assemble.

The film, directed by Joss Whedon, sees Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) take on the evil forces, led by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), as they attempt to take over Earth.

Marvel’s The Avengers" Trailer Sets New Record With Over 13.7 Million Views in First 24 Hours on iTunes

Marvel Studios announced today that its new trailer for this summer’s most highly anticipated movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” has been viewed over 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut, setting a new record for the most-viewed trailer on iTunes (http://www.apple.com/trailers) and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The new trailer, unveiled Wednesday, February 29, exclusively on iTunes, gives fans another quick look at “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the ultimate Super Hero team up—based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

In “Marvel’s The Avengers” the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

An exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is from Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” will be released on May 4, 2012.