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Speed Racer, the Wachowski Brothers' live-action film remake of the classic car-racing anime, finished its opening weekend (May 9–11) at second place with an estimated US$20,210,000 at 3,606 American theaters. That was well below Jon Favreau's live-action adaptation of Marvel Comics' Iron Man superhero, which earned an estimated US$50,500,000 at 4,111 theaters in its second weekend. Speed Racer barely nosed out Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher's What Happens in Vegas film, which earned an estimated US$20 million in 3,215 theaters.
Speed Racer also opened overseas in 30 territories with an estimated US$12.8 million at 3,940 sites. Those results put the film in third place overseas for the weekend, after Iron Man (US$39 million) and What Happens in Vegas (US$23 million). It did take first place in South Korea with US$2.4 million at 229 sites. The film features Korean pop superstar Rain. Overall, Speed Racer earned US$33 million in combined domestic and overseas box office totals so far.
Update: The final American box office tallies are now in, and What Happens in Vegas earned US$20,172,474, pushing it to second place. Speed Racer actually earned US$18,561,337, which puts it in third place instead. Speed Racer's combined domestic and overseas box office totals now stands at US$31.2 million.