After having the second highest-grossing opening weekend of all time, Disney and Marvel’s Iron Man 3 earned a new box office distinction this week, as it was announced that the film has now grossed over $1 billion in ticket sales internationally.
Disney announced the milestone on Friday, only three weeks after the film was first released overseas. As of Friday, Iron Man 3 had grossed $302 million domestically after 14 days in theaters and $699 million overseas.
China was Iron Man 3‘s largest overseas market, with the film earning $104 million there in ticket sales. The film’s success in the country came with the help of increased efforts by Marvel to persuade the Chinese government to allow for the film’s release and appeal to Chinese audiences. Portions of Iron Man 3 were filmed in China, and the film’s Chinese release included some additional exclusive scenes specifically tailored to Chinese audiences.
Iron Man 3 is now playing in theaters worldwide.