Iron Man Still Soars, Gatsby Surprises: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Despite lukewarm reviews, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby managed to exceed expectations this weekend at the box office. Here’s what went down.

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While it didn’t receive much critical acclaim (par for the course with Baz Luhrmann films), The Great Gatsby had a fantastic opening weekend, bringing in a stellar $51 million. Audiences flocked to the visually stunning, 3D film (those higher prices definitely helped pad those numbers); we also can’t discount the ongoing popularity of Leonardo DiCaprio. While it has a way to go to make back it’s budget (estimated at over $100 million), I have a feeling that, based on this great start, the film could have some legs over the coming weeks. I know I want to check it out soon.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
Unsurprisingly, Iron Man 3 managed to hold onto the number spot, bringing in $72 million, down only 58% from it’s great opening weekend. The film’s North American total is now at $284 million, and should end it’s run close to $400 million.

As for the rest of the top five, Pain & Gain was number three with $5 million; Tyler Perry Presents Peeples bombed at number four with $4.8 million, while 42 closed things out in fifth $4.6 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Iron Man 3 – $75 million
2) The Great Gatsby – $40 million
3) Tyler Perry Presents Peeples – $10 million
4) Pain & Gain – $4.8 million
5) 42 – $4.6 million

Next week sees the release of Star Trek Into Darkness – pretty sure, that will be number one. Check back on Friday to see our predictions.

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Iron Man 3 – $70 million
2) The Great Gatsby – $51 million
3) Pain & Gain– $5 million
4)  Tyler Perry Presents Peeples – $5 million
5) 42 – $4.5 million

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