'Iron Man 3' gave North Carolina's film industry a big lift in 2012.
The upcoming release from Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Studios filmed throughout North Carolina, helping to produce a record level of production activity in the state this year.
The third installment of "Iron Man" was among about 50 productions that collectively spent $376 million in North Carolina in 2012, eclipsing last year's record of up from 43 productions and total spending of $241 million. All told, the 2012 projects created more than 4,100 crew jobs, the North Carolina Film Office said in a statement.
"The film industry is thriving once again in our state and we must continue to build on these record-breaking numbers, creating even more opportunities for jobs and economic development," Gov. Bev Perdue said.
Other movies that shot in North Carolina this year included "Safe Haven," "The Occult," and "We're the Millers." The state, which also hosted this year's hit film "The Hunger Games," is home to the award-winning television drama "Homeland" and served as a backdrop for the hit NBC series "Revolution" and the upcoming series "Banshee" for Cinemax.