After breaking out with the second-biggest opening weekend in domestic box office history, Iron Man 3 predictably hovered above the competition in first place this weekend.
You may be wondering why the $51.1 million debut of The Great Gatsby would be enough to steal headlines from Iron Man 3 this weekend. Director Baz Lurmann’s film didn’t break any all-time records and, on the heels of last week’s blockbuster opening, anything less than enormous might appear underwhelming. But here’s the thing: superhero sequels are genetically engineered to be huge money-makers, making Iron Man 3’s success completely predictable. The Great Gatsby, on the other hand, was a financial gamble. And there’s nothing box office watchers like better than when a big gamble pays off.
With Marvel's metal Avenger and Jay Gatsby hogging all the attention, this weekend's sole other wide release, Tyler Perry Presents Peeples faced a whole lot of serious competition. The film, which stars Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, and David Alan Grier, opened in fourth place behind Pain & Gain with an estimated $4.8 million.
Here are the top ten movies in the country for the weekend of May 10th through 12th, according to current estimates:
|1. Iron Man 3||$175.3 million||New Release|
|2. Pain & Gain||$7.6 million||$7.6 million|
|3. 42||$6.2 million||$78.3 million|
|4. Oblivion||$5.7 million||$5.7 million|
|5. The Croods||$4.2 million||$168.7 million|
|6. The Big Wedding||$3.8 million||$13.2 million|
|7. Mud||$2.1 million||$5.1 million|
|8. Oz the Great and Powerful||$1.8 million||$228.5 million|
|9. Scary Movie 5||$1.4 million||$29.6 million|
|10. The Place Beyond the Pines||$1.2 million||$18.6 million|