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