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Marvel Team-Up: Iron Man and Great Gatsby Blast Box Office!

“The Great Gatsby” had the third-highest opening weekend for a non-#1 movie with a $51.5 million take*, while “Iron Man 3” had the fourth-highest second weekend of all time with a $72.4 million take** and won the weekend. Everything else was in single digits. “Pain and Gain” finished third with $5 million, followed by the opening of “Peeples,” at $4.8. In its fifth week, “42” nearly equalled that total with $4.6 mil. The Jackie Robinson biopic has now grossed $84 million, making it the second-highest-grossing baseball film of all time (unadjusted), after “A League of Their Own.” (Adjust and it drops to 9th in the batting order.)

The “Gatsby” numbers are impressive for a romance/drama with middling-to-bad reviews. It is director Baz Luhrmann's best opening by far (previous: $14.8m for “Australia”) and nearly equals, already, his highest-grossing film: “Moulin Rouge” at $58 million.

But the “Iron Man 3” numbers are superheroic. In only its second weekend in the U.S. and third weekend internationally, the film is at $949 million worldwide, which is 21st best ever, with only three superhero movies ahead of it: “The Dark Knight” at $1 billion, “The Dark Knight Rises” at $1.08 billion, and “The Avengers” at $1.5 billion. Ahead of that, it's Cameron country.

Here is the top 10 via Box Office Mojo:

  Movie Wknd % Drop Thtrs Total Gross Week #
1 Iron Man 3 $72,472,000 -58.40% 4,253 $284,893,000 2
2 The Great Gatsby (2013) $51,115,000 - 3,535 $51,115,000 1
3 Pain and Gain $5,000,000 -33.40% 3,303 $41,608,000 3
4 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples $4,850,000 - 2,041 $4,850,000 1
5 42 $4,650,000 -23.20% 2,930 $84,732,000 5
6 Oblivion $3,864,000 -31.50% 2,770 $81,655,000 4
7 The Croods $3,600,000 -14.30% 2,650 $173,215,000 8
8 The Big Wedding $2,500,000 -35.60% 2,298 $18,288,000 3
9 Mud $2,343,000 8.40% 854 $8,363,000 3
10 Oz The Great and Powerful $802,000 -62.00% 774 $229,985,000 10

* The films with higher second-place grosses are “The Day After Tomorrow,” $68.7 million in 2004 (“Shrek 2”), and “Sherlock Holmes,” $62.3 million in 2009 (“Avatar”).

** The highest-grossing second weekends: “The Avengers” ($103m), “Avatar” ($75.6 million), and “The Dark Knight” ($75.1 million).

The Great Gatsby toast, with Leonardo DiCaprio

“Nice weekend, old Shellhead, old sport.”

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Posted at 02:28 PM on Sun. May 12, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office  

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