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'Pain And Gain' wins domestic box office as 'Iron Man 3' wins global a week before U.S. release

"Pain & Gain” (April 26). Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson play steroid-fueled boneheads who plan a kidnapping. Directed by Michael Bay ("Transformers").
Credit: Paramount Pictures

LOS ANGELES -  "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.

Sunday studio estimates show director Michael Bay's true-crime tale "Pain & Gain" muscled into first-place domestically with a $20 million debut.

The movie 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. "Oblivion" slipped to second-place with $17.4 million, raising its domestic total to $64.7 million.

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