“Iron Man 3″ was super, Gatsby was great
Gatsby was great, just not great enough.
Critics weren’t blown away by the latest incarnation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, but that didn’t stop audiences from packing theaters to the tune of $51.1 million in the U.S. to end second only to “Iron Man 3″. Starring box office titans Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, the 1920s period piece was directed by director Baz Luhrmann and almost gave a superhero a run for it’s money.
“Iron Man 3″ carried the weekend with a dominant $72.5 million in it’s second weekend atop the box office charts. The Marvel sequel also pulled in $89.3 million overseas to bring it’s worldwide total to almost $950 million. The Robert Downey, Jr starrer may be on it’s way to where no man has gone before, but expect the Star Trek sequel opening this weekend to have a say in that.
Coming in third was the muscles and kidnapping drama “Pain and Gain” with $5 million. The weekend’s other opening film was Tyler Perry’s “Peeples” starring Kerry Washington and David Alan Grier which grossed $4.85 million. Rounding out the top 5 was The Jackie Robinson biopic “42″ which raked in $4.7 million.
Rounding out the top 10…
6. Oblivion – $3.86 million
7. The Croods - $3.6 million
8. The Big Wedding - $2.5 million
9. Mud - $2.4 million
10. Oz the Great and Powerful – $802K
“42″ hits a home run at the box office
Expect to see more than a bit of synergy tomorrow as the top movie in the nation ties in with what was once the top game in the nation, as they both pay tribute to Jackie Robinson.
The Robinson biopic “42″ topped the weekend box office bringing in $27.3 mil, making it the highest debut ever for a baseball film. The previous being “The Benchwarmers” which opened to $19.7 mil. in 2006. Critics gave the film high marks and the audience crossed all demographics. On Monday, Major League Baseball will commemorate their annual Jackie Robinson Day where all players and umpires will wear Robinson’s number 42.
“Scary Movie 5″ wasn’t as scary as its predecessor at the box office, but made studio execs happy enough. The horror spoof pulled in $15.2 million. In contrast, 2006′s “Scary Movie 4″ raked in $40.2 million in it’s debut. Starring “Phineas and Ferb’s” Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, and Charlie Sheen, will easily make it’s money back having cost The Weinstein/Dimension group a mere $20 million to make.
The animated caveman movie “The Croods” came in at third for $13.2 million. So far, “The Croods has pulled in $142.5 in the U.S and $207 million overseas. Apparently there’s big money in evolution.
Last week’s winner, “Evil Dead” fell to number 5 earning $9.5 million at the box office. So far, the horror remake has grossed $41.5 million. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” fought off bad guys to the tune of $10.8 million this weekend, bringing it’s total to $102.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10:
6. Jurasssic Park - $8.8 million
7. Olympus Has Fallen – $7.3 million
8. Oz The Great and Powerful - $4.9 million
9. Tyler Perry’s Temptation - $4.5 million
10. The Place Beyond the Pines - $4.1 million
‘Skyfall’ opens big internationally
The new James Bond film, “Skyfall,” has opened big in the UK and internationally:
Skyfall, the 23rd picture in the James Bond series, is already proving to be a smashing success. Following its $83 million opening weekend (adjusted way up from its $77.7 million estimate) in 25 international territories, the film has now officially crossed $100 million, a rep for Sony confirms to EW.
The film opens in the US next week.