Box Office, May 10-12: Iron Man 3 on Top

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

Date: 2013-05-13