Sideshow: A franchise made of iron

Iron Man 3 is the heavy-lifter at theaters, with a colossal overseas debut that overshadows a sleepy pre-summer weekend at the domestic box office.

The superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. got a head start on its domestic launch next Friday with a $195.3 million opening in 42 overseas markets.

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Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 3," which took in $195.3 million overseas ahead of its domestic release Friday.

Studio estimates show the true-crime tale Pain & Gain muscled into first place domestically with a $20 million debut.

The movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, knocked off the Tom Cruise sci-fi adventure Oblivion, which slipped after a week at No. 1, to second place with $17.4 million.

Mirren reigns at theater awards

Helen Mirren took the best actress prize at London's Olivier theater awards Sunday for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. Mirren had been the favorite for the trophy at Britain's equivalent of Broadway's Tonys for her regal yet vulnerable turn in the play about the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers over her 61-year reign. Audience co-star Richard McCabe won the supporting actor trophy for playing Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Luke Treadaway was named best actor for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the National Theatre's acclaimed production based on Mark Haddon's novel about a mystery-solving boy with Asperger's syndrome.

Billy Elliot won the Audience Award for most popular, decided by public vote.

It'd make his day to direct at age 105

Clint Eastwood may be 82, but he dreams of making films for two more decades. In a wide-ranging conversation Saturday about the art of film directing, Eastwood expressed admiration for 104-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. "It would be great to be 105 and still making films," Eastwood said. Chuckling, he called such a hope "the ultimate optimism."


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