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Three's the magic number for Shane Black's superhero sequel as it doubles the takings of Iron Man 2. Meanwhile, Michael Winterbottom's Paul Raymond biopic heads south

The winner

After four days, Iron Man 3 was running just 13% behind The Avengers at the same stage of its UK run, suggesting that the film would finish a lot closer to the superhero team-up (£51.9m) than to either of the earlier Iron Man movies. Seven days later, and it's a similar story, with Iron Man 3 at an impressive £24.6m as of Sunday night, a slim 18% behind Avengers at the same point of release. If it continues at a similar pace, Iron Man 3 should end up around £42-43m here. The first Iron Man film maxed out at £17.4m, while the sequel made it to £21.3m, so the third episode looks set to double its predecessor.

With bank holiday takings added in, »

- Charles Gant

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