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LOS ANGELES - “Iron Man 3’’ was the heavy-lifter at theaters with a debut outside the U.S. that overshadowed a gang of mercenary bodybuilders in a sleepy pre-summer weekend at the domestic box office.

The Marvel Studios 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, distributor Disney reported Sunday.

That topped the $185.1 million start for Marvel’s “The Avengers,’’ which opened in 39 markets over the same weekend last year a week ahead of its record-breaking domestic debut of $207.4 million.

“You don’t know that you could ever repeat the kind of experience we had a year ago, and here the Marvel team brought together another incredible movie,’’ said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney. “We’ve had this as a pattern for Marvel films to kind of let momentum internationally help signal to the domestic audience that the film is coming, something big is coming.’’

Director Michael Bay’s true-crime tale “Pain & Gain’’ muscled into first-place domestically with a $20 million debut. The Paramount release starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie knocked off Tom Cruise’s sci-fi adventure “Oblivion’’ after a week in the No. 1 spot. Universal’s “Oblivion’’ slipped to second-place with $17.4 million, raising its domestic total to $64.7 million. AP
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