‘Gatsby’ gives ‘Iron Man 3’ a run for its money
LOS ANGELES – Gatsby looks almost as great as a superhero at the weekend box office.
Leonard DiCaprio’s “The Great Gatsby” partied like it was the Roaring ’20s with a $51.1 million debut that made it a surprisingly strong runner-up to comic-book blockbuster “Iron Man 3.”
Studio estimates Sunday put “Gatsby” at No. 2 behind Robert Downey Jr.’s superhero sequel, which pulled in $72.5 million domestically to raise its total to $284.9 million after just 10 days in U.S. theaters.
With an additional $89.3 million in its third weekend overseas, “Iron Man 3” lifted its international total to $664.1 million and its worldwide haul to $949 million.
“The Great Gatsby” far exceeded expectations by distributor Warner Bros. of a $35 million to $40 million opening weekend.