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‘Iron Man 3’ has $175m opening weekend in the US

LOS ANGELES — Iron Man is a bigger golden boy than ever with a $175.3 million opening weekend at the domestic box office for the superhero’s latest sequel.

According to studio estimates Sunday, ‘‘Iron Man 3’’ had the second-biggest debut ever, behind the $207.4 million start last year for ‘‘The Avengers,’’ which teamed him with other Marvel Comics heroes.

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Opening a week earlier overseas, ‘‘Iron Man 3’’ has hauled in $504.8 million internationally, giving the blockbuster a worldwide total of $680.1 million.

The film shot past the $312 million international total for ‘‘Iron Man 2’’ in its entire theatrical run.

‘‘Iron Man 3’’ far outpaced the franchise’s first two movies. ‘‘Iron Man’’ launched the series with a $98.6 million domestic debut in 2008, while 2010’s ‘‘Iron Man 2’’ opened with $128.1 million.

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