Iron Man Leads The Pack For The Second Week Despite Amazing Debut By "Gatsby"|
by Christine Pesta
Sunday, May 12, 2013
"Iron Man 3" is still topping the box office chart, and is close to craking the billion dollar mark. The third installment of the superhero franchise took in $72.4 million during the weekend. In its debut last week, the the Marvel film grabbed up $175 million to place it on the books as the second-highest grossing U.S. debut. Between the domestic and overseas earnings, this third film has reached an estimated $949 million in ticket sales.
While "Iron Man 3" has been getting its name in the books, Baz Luhrmann's, "The Great Gatsby", based on the famous book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, made its debut over the weekend to stunning numbers. The Warner Bros. film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie Mulligan, opened this weekend to the tune of $51.1 million. "Gatsby" set its own record for Luhrmann as his biggest film opening. Luhrmann also wrote the screenplay for the film and Jay-Z produced the soundtrack.
Far behind the two top films this weekend, "Pain & Gain" came in a distant third with $5 million in ticket sales. The Paramount film, in its third week of release, stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Anthony Mackie.
Coming in at number four on the box office charts this week is the Lionsgate feature, "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples". The film, starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, and S. Epatha Merkerson, opened with only $4.8 million in earnings over the weekend.
Rounding out the top five for the week was the Warner Bros. film, "42". While the sports biopic only took in $4.6 million this weekend, it brought the film, currently in its fifth week of release, up to $84.7 million in overall domestic ticket sales since its debut.
Christine Pesta is the Senior Film Critic and Executive Editor for Entertainment News & Reviews. You can follow Christine on Twitter at www.twitter.com/christinepesta.