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Monday Box Office Report – Tony Stark is still greater than Gatsby

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While everybody’s favourite crimson and gold tin man ruled last week’s box office with an iron fist (you see what I did there?), he would face some stiff competition this past weekend from a scenery chewing Leonardo DiCaprio (oh and Spider-Man) serving up a Cape Town sandwich speciality.

But would The Great Gatsby‘s formidable combination of  a Jay-Z soundtrack and 3 to the mother-effin’ D be enough to dethrone Tony Stark?

Alas, it seems that Iron Man 3 is still Avengering up more money than any other other movie out there, but that’s not to say that Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel didn’t put up quite the fight. It seemed that everybody who ever had to read the The Great Gatsby in high school (and that’s just about everybody) went to see the movie, giving it a rather surprisingly huge opening weekend worth $51.1 million.

Let’s what else was happening this past weekend at the North American box office:

  • 1. Iron Man 3 – $72.4 million
  • 2. The Great Gatsby – $51.1 million
  • 3. Pain & Gain – $5.0 million
  • 4. Peeples – $4.8 million
  • 5. 42 – $4.6 million
  • 6. Oblivion – $3.8 million
  • 7. The Croods – $3.6 million
  • 8. The Big Wedding – $2.5 million
  • 9. Mud – $2.1 million
  • 10 . Oz: The Great & Powerful – $0.8 million

Iron Man 3‘s $72 million haul pushes the film’s international total to just about $50 million shy of that massive billion dollar milestone, while The Great Gatsby has already made back about half of its reported $105 million budget. There was not much shuffling around in the rest of the crowd, who all had to be content with the scraps from these two’s tables. The only other newcomer on the list, the Tyler Perry produced Peeples, had to be happy with rounding up a meagre $4.8 million in its first weekend.

Last Updated: May 13, 2013


  1. Wayne Bossenger

    May 13, 2013 at 11:44

    perhaps if the great gatsby sold some gatsbys with your movie ticket, it would have piped IM3… 😉


  2. Carla Butler

    May 15, 2013 at 18:15

    Its stupid to compare Gatsby with Iron Man box office results. You see every parent and their five children going into the Iron Man movies. Gatsby fans are a totally different demographic. For Gatsby to pull such huge numbers is amazing.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      May 15, 2013 at 20:23

      Well I don’t think I was comparing their overall box-office result, as like you said, it’s a very different demographic.

      What we are comparing are the weekend takings though. It’s not unheard of for a film’s box office receipts to plummet in its second or third week, so Gatsby actually stood a chance of dethroning Iron Man.

      And like you mentioned, the fact that it did that well in the attempt is really laudable.


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