There was no loosening Iron Man 3’s ironclad grip on the box office this weekend. Marvel’s superhero film clamped on to first for the second week in a row, despite facing what seemed like a contender in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. But Leonardo DiCaprio in the literary adaptation didn’t even come close to beating Robert Downey Jr.’sTony Stark, as Gatsby earned about $20,000,000 less than the threequel. (The real showdown will come this weekend when Iron Man 3 faces off against Star Trek Into Darkness.) Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain landed in third and barely beat out newcomer Tyler Perry Presents Peeples. Rounding out the pack was the Jackie Robinson biopic 42.
Iron Man 3 $72,472,000 (Total: $284,893,000)
Though Iron Man 3 dropped 58% in sales, it still saw a record-high second weekend. The dip in tickets was on par with what Iron Man 2 saw and the threequel is set to match, if not best, the previous film’s haul.
The Great Gatsby $51,115,000
Though it didn’t manage to unseat Stark, The Great Gatsby did set a personal best for Baz Luhrmann: highest-grossing debut for the Australian director. That the film did so well isn’t that surprising, given both the star power of the cast and that the novel is one of the most widely read works of literature.
Pain & Gain $5,000,000 (Total: $41,608,000)
Still pumping iron and jacking its muscles at a theatre near you.
Tyler Perry Presents Peeples $4,850,000
Though Tyler Perry is one of the best-known names in contemporary cinema, his moniker didn’t help Tina Gordon Chism’s rom-com do any better at the box office.
42 $4,650,000 (Total: $84,732,000)
A truly nice film about a true American legend continued to swing away at the box office.