If you’re one of the millions of people living in Europe, Iron Man 2 is playing at a local theater near you. Unlike here in the U.S., the film opened on Wednesday in six international markets raking in $2.2 million from 960 venues and there’s even more where that came from.

According to Reuters, France led the way contributing $1.6 million to the opening gross, which will significantly change when the film debuts in Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands before attacking the UK, Australia, Korea, Russia, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Hong Kong.

It turns out that Paramount wanted to release the film a week earlier overseas so its box office wouldn’t be affected by the World Cup, which begins on June 11th, giving them over a month of cushion. For some odd reason, every other country in the world is obsessed with soccer except us. Why is that?

The first Iron Man earned over $315 million domestically and $265 million internationally. The studio is hoping to repeat or surpass that success and they’re well on their way to making it happen. The only thing that could stop Iron Man 2′s worldwide domination is the press. The movie has received mixed reviews and doesn’t sound like a worthy follow up to its predecessor. When it does debut in the U.S., it will definitely have a huge opening but it might be followed by a significant drop the next week.

Do you think Iron Man 2 will be as successful as the original?