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    “Iron Man 2” Poised to Best “The Dark Knight”?

    By kyle | April 7, 2010

    So argues the LA Times movie blog. Seems like “Iron Man 2” will probably be on more screens because there aren’t going to be that many April hits and theater owners will gladly sweep away minor films for “IM2.” On the other hand, the kids were out of school for “TDK.” But kiddie ticket prices are lower. Plus, “IM2” has higher unemployment in its factor. Will jobless adults take a break from their cares and line up to see Tony Stark? It’s gotta be cheaper than spending two hours in a bar. I tend to think “Iron Man” was a bit overrated — but then, so was “The Dark Knight.” They’re both very fine.

    Topics: Business, Movies | 6 Comments »

    6 Responses to ““Iron Man 2” Poised to Best “The Dark Knight”?”

    1. kishke Says:
      April 7th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      Iron Man bored me. I quit in middle.

    2. T. AKA Ricky Raw Says:
      April 7th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

      I hope so. Bothers me that a crappy movie like Dark Knight currently holds the record.

    3. Patrick Wahl Says:
      April 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

      Make up your mind –

      Having watched “Iron Man” a second time, I wish I’d given it three and a half stars instead of three in my original review.

    4. Kyle Says:
      April 7th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      I don’t get what you don’t get. I just said it was a “very fine” film. A 3 and a half star film. I still don’t think it’s a four-star film, much less in the same class as the great fantasy blockbusters, though many others seem to.

    5. Patrick Wahl Says:
      April 7th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      I guess I was thinking 3 1/2 is about where it belongs, so not overrated, if that makes any sense. Not a great movie, but a lot of fun and one of those movies that can be viewed a few times without wearing out.

    6. JohnFNWayne Says:
      April 8th, 2010 at 11:53 am

      Thoroughly enjoyed the first one and I like the way things are moving toward the second. Always liked Sam Rockwell, Don Cheadle. I think it might knock off the opening weekend record, just because this summer is short on anything remotely intriguing and fans will be more apt to flock to something they recognize and feel is guaranteed entertainment – Robert Downey Jr.