Iron Man 3 surpassed the billion dollar mark in the worldwide box office Thursday (May16), $300 million of which was brought in domestically. The third installment of the blockbuster flicks led by Robert Downey Jr., reached the milestone in just 23 days. Becoming the 16th film to gross $1 billion, Iron Man 3 cost $200 million to make and is the most successful in the series. The film easily edged out its predecessor, which grossed $623.9 million in global ticket sales three years ago. Iron Man 1 bowed out with $585.2 million. More than 50 percent of its success comes from overseas, with the film doing well in China, Korea, Mexico, and the U.K. Additionally, Iron Man 3 has become Vietnam and Malaysia’s top grossing film of all time. Domestically, Iron Man 3 has held the top box office spot since its May 3 release. The addition of Baz Luhrmann‘s glitzy-adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby boasted healthy competition last week, grabbing a $51.1 million debut, but faltered compared to the Marvel-studios produced film’s $72.5 million gross.
XXL Magazine chopped it up with Ghostface Killah recently, who had some harsh words for his fellow Wu member, RZA. While RZA has expressed his desire to have the Wu-Tang reunite in the near future, Ghostface spoke openly about how he was disappointed in RZA’s 2007 work, “8 Diagrams“, as he felt that project didn’t properly reflect RZA’s talents or potential.
“8 Diagrams, I couldn’t stand it ’cause I know us, and then I know my man [RZA] even more. I’m like, ‘Yo, how could you give our f*cking people that?’ Now you had people that said, ‘Oh no, I liked it.’ That might be the ‘yes men’ n*ggas. You know what I mean? Or it’s a miss or something ’cause I know how we can be. These motherf*ckers wanted the skits. They wanted to feel like they at home with us. They wanna feel like, ‘Y’all didn’t hear this in a long time. What y’all got now?’
“I saw him give other n*ggas fly samples from Nas to Busta Rhymes. Busta Rhymes sent me some sh*t, I said, ‘Yo, where you get this from?’I went to RZA. I told him I wanted this box right here. He gave us some fly sh*T’…pay for the sample RZA. Pay for the sample. So what they gonna take this and things, but the people want that from us right now. Pay for the f*cking sample. RZA’s my brotha for life. That’s my brother-in-law. I got babies by his f*cking sister. But what I’m hearing, I’m not saying I’m the best, but I’m consistent about my sh*t. So what you gon’ roll with? The n*gga that’s being consistent or – even though he taught me a lot of sh*t but it’s like is your sh*t still – the way y’all been making these cakes for the past 30 years. Entenmann’s. Are y’all still making those kind of cakes? Or Little Debbie‘s is coming up blowin’. C’mon man, that’s not that crumb cake, n*gga.”
Mache Customs tells us the story behind his journey to create LeBron James a special 1-of-1 custom design which culminates with an actual in-person delivery to “The King”. Check out LeBron’s reaction to receiving the custom pair of “Iron Man” Nikes at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston.
This same film was inspiration for a wide range of Wu related cultural references, including the title track name for Enter the Wu-Tang’s Da Mystery of Chessboxin, Ghostface Killah’s name, which was inspired by Mark Long’s character, Ghost Face Killer, and also dialogue sampled and used for Ghostface’s Poisonous Darts off Ironman. Enjoy!