'Iron Man 3' Topples 'The Great Gatsby' In Box Office Throwdown


Jay Gatsby is handsome, interesting, extremely intelligent, incredibly rich and intensely obsessed. And in most cases, those qualities would be enough to ensure he comes out on top in just about any battle. But unfortunately for "The Great Gatsby," Tony Stark also happens to share every one of those personality traits — and he's got a giant suit of robot armor as well.

All we can say is, nice try, old sport.

Yes, "The Great Gatsby" arrived in theaters with a bang this weekend, dragging in an impressive $51.1 million over its opening frame. But while that was far above expectations for Baz Luhrmann's latest anachronistic epic, it still wasn't enough to top "Iron Man 3," which earned $72.5 million in its second weekend of release.

That gives "Iron Man 3" a domestic total of nearly $285 million in just ten days of release. And the news is even better for Marvel and parent company Disney overseas, as incredible international receipts have already pushed its worldwide total to $949 million. There's no question it will smash past the billion dollar barrier sometime this week. So how high can it go? The $1.123 billion posted by "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which is the fifth highest gross in cinema history, looks like a clear and attainable goal.

Of course, with "Iron Man 3" and "The Great Gatsby" going like gangbusters, there wasn't much left over for other films at the box office. As a result, the big loser was the new African-American family comedy "The Peeples," which tanked to the tune of just $4.9 million — or roughly what Jay Gatsby spends on crisp new shirts to throw at his mistresses.

Here's a run down of the full weekend box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:

1. "Iron Man 3" - $72.5m (our review)

2. "The Great Gatsby" - $51.1m (our review)

3. "Pain & Gain" - $5m

4. "Peeples" - $4.9 (our review)

5. "42" - $4.7m (our review)

6. "Oblivion" - $3.9m (our review)

7. “The Croods” – $3.6m (our review)

8. "The Big Wedding" - $2.5m (our review)

9. "Mud" - $2.4m (our review)

10. "Oz the Great and Powerful" - $800k (our review)