“Iron Man 3” has already turned out to be enough of an event movie that I feel justified in writing a bit more about it. The film's blockbuster arrival around the world and in the U.S. has scored almost $1 billion since its release.
That's pretty staggering. For one, this is the third installment of a superhero movie franchise. Also, its star has already triumphantly led the multi-hero cast of last summer's “The Avengers," the third-highest box-office grossing film of all time. (Some speculated the colorful Marvel comic book mash-up last summer may have left audiences less inclined to return to to the theaters for just one of those superheroes.)