Iron Man stamped his mark all over the world as Marvel's latest superhero sensation launched through Paramount Pictures International (PPI) on an estimated $96.8m in 57 territories.

The storming debut combines with the $100.8m domestic launch to put the film on $197.6m after three days. The film opened day-and-date with North America virtually everywhere except Japan, where it opens later in the year through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI).

Iron Man delivered a string of number one debuts. Among the highlights were a $10.3m UK launch from 500 screens that included $1.3m in previews; a huge $9.6m from 424 in Mexico over five days that included the biggest Wednesday opening day ever; $7.5m from 530 sites in South Korea over five days; and $6m from 330 sites in Brazil over five.

Italy generated $5.6m from 455 sites over four days; Australia produced $5.5m from 230 sites; Taiwan delivered $2m from 60 over four days that included $278,000 in previews; Singapore produced $1.9m from 29 over five that was the biggest opening weekend for a film launch on Wednesday; and the Philippines produced $1.8m from 106 over five for the biggest opening weekend of the year to date.

Elsewhere Malaysia generated $1.7m from 60 over five for the biggest ever Wednesday launch; Thailand produced $1.3m from 46 over five; Hong Kong delivered $1.2m from 55 over five; Belgium produced $781,000 from 53; Denmark delivered $943,000 from 49 over five; Sweden produced $844,000 from 73 over four; and Norway generated $771,000 from 75 over five.

Venezuela produced $765,000 from 75 over five; Greece produced $719,000 from 50 over four; Argentina generated $661.000 from 75 over five; Portugal produced $469,000 from 67 over four; and South Africa delivered $468,000 from 76 over four;

Iron Man launched in France through SND on $7.1m and opened in Spain through SPRI on $6.2m from 541 and debuted in Germany through Concorde for Telemunchen with $3.6m from 632.

PPI's The Spiderwick Chronicles added $2.1m through PPI from 2,310 sites in 64 territories for $85m.

SPRI launched the romantic comedy Made Of Honor as a counter-programming measure that fared well enough and grossed $6.5m from 1,335 screens in 21 markets.

The film, which launched in second place in North America behind you-know-who, grossed $1.5m from 56 screens in Australia for second place and also ranked second in Mexico on $1.6m from 350.

Made Of Honor opened in third place in the UK on $1.5m from 350; third in New Zealand on $200,000 from 48; third in Russia on $1m from 183; second in South Africa on $275,000 from 55; and opened in the UAE on $105,000 from 16 screens.

21 added $4.1m from 1,555 screens in 34 markets for $37.7m. The UK has generated $9.9m after four weekends. As previously mentioned, SPRI released Iron Man in Spain for $6.2m from 541 screens.

Warner Bros Pictures International's 10,000 BC grossed $1.7m from more than 1,300 screens in 44 markets to stand at $169m. The film added $1.4m from 465 screens in its second weekend in Japan for a $5.5m running total.

Fool's Gold delivered $4.7m from approximately 1,660 screens in 40 markets for $32.8m. The key launch was France on $358,000 from 135 screens nationwide. Spain stands at $1.8m after two and Germany has generated $2m after the same amount of time.

Universal's Forgetting Sarah Marshall added $4m through UPI from 1,000 sites in nine territories for an early $16.1m running total. The comedy added $2.7m from 390 locations in its second weekend in the UK for $8.8m in second place behind Iron Man. Australia stands at $5m after three weekends.

Nim's Island, which UPI acquired for 14 territories, added $2.1m from 598 sites in the UK, Australia and New Zealand for $5.2m. Definitely, Maybe raised its tally by $800,000 from 450 sites in 22 territories to $19.6m. Step Up 2 The Streets added $650,000 from 400 venues in UPI's five territories for $85m through all distributors.

In Bruges stands at $8m in the UK after four weekends and opens in Belgium and the Netherlands on June 25 and 26 and Spain on July 25. The Other Boleyn Girl has amassed $31.7m through UPI, which holds rights in 12 territories.

Fox International's Horton Hears A Who!, which enjoyed a great run in the weeks preceding Iron Man, added $3.8m from 1,776 screens in 32 territories for $131.7m and launched in fifth place in South Korea on $1.1m from 296 screens.

27 Dresses added $945,892 from 234 in five for $76.5m.