Amazon.com and Walmart.com both took pre-orders for the album's release on April 19, 2010. Amazon released it in several editions that include a CD/DVD package, a vinyl version, and a deluxe edition with a comic book reproduction. EzyDVD.com.au are advertising two different CD/DVD versions – a Deluxe Edition and a higher priced Collector's Edition box set, which includes an Iron Man comic book – for pre-order for an April 23, 2010 release.
On January 26, 2010, a music video was released featuring Shoot to Thrill with exclusive footage from the film Iron Man 2. The live concert footage used in the video was filmed in late 2009 in Buenos Aires. Upon release of the album, another music video featuring footage of the Buenos Aires concert and Iron Man 2 footage was released, this time featuring live audio from the Highway to Hell performance.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the online music database Allmusic gave the soundtrack a mixed review, stating that this is good guts-and-guitar music, its only flaw being that it plays it totally safe…unless you stop to consider that it might be a bit of a risk to pitch a collection of 30-year-old music to the teenage audience of Iron Man 2.  The BBC gave the album a positive review, stating Younger listeners might find it all a bit clichéd, but remember: AC/DC are the originators, their imitators responsible for diluting the package’s potency. For those about to rock, raise another salute to your enduringly enthralling forefathers. 
Iron Man 2 debuted at #1 in the UK Albums Chart upon its release, giving AC/DC their third number one album in the UK after Back in Black and Black Ice. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 76,000 copies in its first week of release. It became the band's eighth top 10 set in the U.S. It reached #1 on Mainstream Rock Albums and has stayed #1 for five consecutive.