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Report shows Iron Man 3's financial impact on NC

Posted April 30, 2013
Updated May 2, 2013

— U.S. box office returns for "Iron Man 3" won't be in until this weekend, but a new analysis released Tuesday shows the film's financial impact on North Carolina's economy was a success. 

The movie, which filmed in North Carolina between December 2011 and December 2012, resulted in $179.8 million and 2,043 jobs in the state, according to the study. Spending associated with the film involved more than 700 vendors in 84 communities statewide. 

The film also had an impact on several of local businesses, who were hired by production. Master Craftsmen Services, a Wilmington furniture restoration company, created nearly 10 set pieces for the film, according to the Wilmington Star. They reported that the film represented 10 to 15 percent of the company's business during the year the movie filmed there.  

State tax incentives provided $20 million in support to "Iron Man 3."

A rundown of the economic impact on the state: 

  • $8.99 in economic output for every dollar of tax credit received by the production.
  • $6.50 in Gross State Product for every dollar of tax credit received by the production.
  • 102 full-time equivalent positions for every $1 million in tax credit received by the production.
  • $5.20 in labor income for every dollar of tax credit received by the production.

"Iron Man 3" hits theaters on Friday.

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