9. A palpable hit
No one needed to worry. Iron Man hit it big in the US and across the world, with $98.6 million in the States alone.
Since it opened, the film has gone on to make more than $582 million worldwide. Not bad for a “second tier” hero.
Naturally, the minute the film’s success was clear (somewhere around its first Saturday of release), a sequel was all but certain.
On May 5th 2008, Marvel was quick to announce that Iron Man 2 would be seeing the inside of cinemas in 2010.
There was just one slight problem: no one had thought to tell Jon Favreau…