The answer is big…but…not that big. Marvel Studio’s “Iron Man 3″ earned $15.6 million from its Thursday night shows. That’s below ‘The Avengers”, which made $18.7 million without earlier 9 p.m. shows. It’s also well below “The Hunger Games”, which earned $19.7 million and “The Dark Knight Rises”, which earned $30 million. Friday will determine how big “Iron Man 3” will open for the whole weekend though. It looks like maybe an opening around “The Hunger Games” opening of $152.5 million might be more in line.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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