Iron Man 3 hits $1 billion
'Iron Man 3' has passed the $1 billion (£656 million) mark at the worldwide box office.
The Marvel Studios sequel is now the second most successful superhero film of all time, lagging just behind fellow Marvel record-breaker 'Avengers Assemble', and beating the Dark Knight.
Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark has helped propel the film to takings of $300 million in the USA, and a colossal $700 million abroad.
Part of the film's success overseas appears to have been the decision to make a special edit for the Chinese market, with additional footage of places of local interest and appearances from Chinese superstars including Fan Bingbing.
As a result, the film had the country's biggest ever opening day, and has now made $102 million in China alone, the film's biggest-grossing foreign territory.
The film also did extremely well in South Korea, the UK, Mexico and Russia.
'Avengers Assemble' still leads the pack, however, making the $1 billion mark in 19 days as opposed to 24 days for 'Iron Man 3'.
It says much about the current proliferation of Disney in the worldwide marketplace.
The Mouse House, which bought Marvel for what now seems like the bargain price of $4 billion in 2009, has six films which have breached the $1 billion barrier – 'Iron Man 3', 'Avengers Assemble', Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest', 'Toy Story 3', 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and 'Alice In Wonderland'.
The most films any other studio has to have made the figure is two.