Here’s a clear indicator that we’re in the thick of the summer season, where popcorn blockbusters earn significant bank on a weekly basis. The Great Gatsby notched a significant $51.1 million in its opening weekend … and still lost the No. 1 slot at the Top 10 to Iron Man 3.
We all expected Marvel’s massive sequel to hold on to the top slot, but I’m legitimately surprised at how close Baz Luhrmann’s bold, passionate adaptation came to upsetting Shane Black’s film in its second weekend. Iron Man 3 dropped as estimated 58% from its debut weekend, but is still raking in the dough. The movie has a whopping $284M in domestic ticket sales, and a worldwide total of $948.9M. Wow.
Gatsby, meanwhile, benefited from strong word-of-mouth-buzz and an increased 3D ticket price to give Leonardo DiCaprio his best opening number since Christopher Nolan’s Inception in 2010. This also is the second-highest opening weekend in the actor’s storied career. Perhaps he and Luhrmann should find another project on which to collaborate? Then again, DiCaprio rarely works with the same director more than once (unless their last name is Scorsese).
One other new film opened in the marketplace this weekend. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples reached out to the non-blockbuster crowd … but very few were paying attention. Despite a pair of winning performances by Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington, the comedy only earned an estimated $4.8M, good for a fourth-place finish.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
1. Iron Man 3, 72.4M, $284.8M
2. The Great Gatsby, $51.1M
3. Pain and Gain, $5M, $41.6M
4. Peeples, $4.8M
5. 42, $4.6M, $84.7M
6. Oblivion, $3.8M, $81.6M
7. The Croods, $3.6M, $173.2M
8. The Big Wedding, $2.5M, $18.2M
9. Mud, $2.3M, $8.3M
10. Oz the Great and Powerful, $802,000, $229.9M