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Super start at box office for ‘Iron Man 3’

Iron Man reigns as the standard-bearer of Hollywood superheroes with a $175.3 million domestic opening weekend for his latest sequel and an overseas haul of a half-billion dollars in less than two weeks. According to studio estimates Sunday, ‘‘Iron Man 3’’ has raced to a worldwide total of $680.1 million. That includes $175.9 million in its second weekend overseas, where the film has rung up $504.8 million so far. No other solo superhero — not even Batman or Spider-Man — has managed this kind of business. Yet the future of Marvel Studios’ flagship franchise is in the hands of a mortal man with no metal armor, gadgets, or special powers, other than his ability to rebound from Hollywood pariah to hottest star on the planet. ‘‘Iron Man 3’’ hints that Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark (inset) might hang up his high-tech suits and live a normal life from now on. ‘‘Iron Man 3’’ had the second-biggest domestic debut ever, behind the $207.4 million start over the same weekend last year for ‘‘The Avengers.’’ The new sequel surpassed the $169.2 million opening for 2011’s ‘‘Harry Potter’’ finale, the previous second-place debut. While it was a huge weekend for Marvel and Disney, the overall industry continued to slump. Domestic revenues this weekend totaled $219 million, down 15 percent from the $258.1 million during that ‘‘Avengers’’ weekend last year. Hollywood’s domestic revenue this year is at $3.14 billion, off 11 percent from 2012’s pace, according to Hollywood
.com.

Aerosmith cancels show

An Aerosmith concert promoter says the band has canceled next week’s show in Indonesia over security concerns, one day after news surfaced about an alleged bomb plot at the Myanmar Embassy. Helmi Sugara, event organizer spokesman, said Sunday that the legendary Boston rockers were scheduled to perform May 11 before a nearly sold-out crowd of 15,000 in the capital, Jakarta. He said the band canceled Saturday, a day after Indonesia announced it had arrested two suspected militants with bombs. They were allegedly planning to attack the embassy in Jakarta to protest the treatment of Muslims in Myanmar (the country formerly known as Burma). It’s unclear if the concert’s cancellation was directly related to the terror plot or if there was some other threat. In a statement, Aerosmith’s management apologized to fans.

Knightley marries

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A French mayor says Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley has said ‘‘oui’’ to rocker James Righton in a small wedding ceremony in southern France. Aime Navello said Sunday that the couple followed French tradition when he married them at the Mazan Town Hall Saturday. Navello read the service in French and the couple responded in French and English. He said about 10 people were present. Righton is keyboard player for the rock group Klaxons. He and Knightley got engaged a year ago. Knightley first won notice for her role as a soccer-playing teenager in ‘‘Bend It Like Beckham.’’ She went on to star in the first three ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean’’ movies and was nominated for an Oscar for playing Elizabeth Bennet in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘‘Pride and Prejudice.’’

Hackers hit E! Online

E! Online says hackers compromised its Twitter and text messaging accounts, sending out erroneous news alerts about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie. The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for Saturday’s hack. E! Online said it was working with Twitter to correct the issue, and that an investigation into the attack was underway. The SEA has taken credit for a string of Web attacks on media targets it sees as sympathetic to Syria’s rebels, including the BBC, Al-Jazeera English, and the Guardian. The group claims to have hacked the Twitter feed of the Associated Press last month.

Wedded bliss

“I don’t think people understand how important that little ceremony is and what it actually does to people.” — Portia de Rossi, “Arrested Development” actress, on her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles Confidential magazine.

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