Box Office Battlefield: ‘Iron Man 3’; the Summer Movie Season Begins!

Box Office Battlefield Iron Man 3

The weekend warrior for May 3-5, 2013 includes Iron Man 3. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.

Last weekend, Pain & Gain muscled out the competition. This weekend, expect roided egos to pop as the summer movie season officially begins with Iron Man 3. There may be a few box office battlefields this summer with a singular combatant up against previous warriors, but fear not, it’s all a part of the greater good. Catch a glimpse of what’s in store with our 2013 summer movie preview.

It’s pretty much a no-brainer this weekend. Let the summer movie season begin! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

Iron Man 3 Title

Iron Man 3 (Rated PG-13) 130 min – (Directed by Shane Black) Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Ben Kingsley, and Jon Favreau

Synopsis: When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 77% • Audience – 84%

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting to find out what happens next in Marvel Studios’ Phase 2, you’re not alone. Pretty much the whole world has been anticipating Iron Man 3 since we indulged in shawarma with The Avengers. It’s been out overseas for only a week and has toppled box off records, earning $307 million dollars. One can only assume that with the immense expectations that everyone has going into Iron Man 3, this will be another monumental weekend for Marvel and The House of Mouse. With that said, Iron Man 3 is a pretty decent film. It brings a lot of elements to the superhero genre we have not seen before and Tony Stark is better than ever. There are also a few areas of improvement whereas the villains could have been a bit more fleshed out. But that doesn’t keep the movie from being one of the best action-dramedies of its kind. The 3D is a complete waste and unnecessary, nothing about it has depth or comes out at you. Overall, this is a good standalone Iron Man movie, yet I would have liked to see it build more into what’s to come in The Avengers 2. SEE IT! (Watch the trailer for Iron Man 3 here)

All the other movies stand practically no chance this weekend. If you thought Pain & Gain was a good action comedy, than you’ll probably wet yourself with joy when you see Iron Man 3. It’s no contest this weekend. I can’t really think of any movie that will compare financially unless there are so many people looking to see Iron Man 3 that the crowds force others to buy tickets to a different movie because they don’t want to wait.

Winner: Iron Man 3

Movie synopses courtesy of and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

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