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Despite projections that it would do $30 million, 'The Great Gatsby' scores one of the surprise weekends of the year, eclipsing expectations by millions.
Gatsby was great, but he couldn't dent Iron Man's box-office armor. Despite a debut $20 million above expectations, Leonardo DiCaprio's The Great Gatsby had to settle for an impressive second place as Iron Man 3 held onto the top spot at the box office for the second straight weekend.
Iron Man 3 collected $72.5 million, according to studio estimates from Hollywood.com. The haul marked a hefty drop from its debut last week of $174.1 million, the second-largest opening on record. But it was plenty enough to hold off Gatsby and bring the $200 million film's domestic haul to $284.9 million.
Gatsby, meanwhile, enjoyed the surprise debut of 2013 with $51.1 million, good for second place. Michael Bay's action-comedy Pain & Gain was third with $5 million, followed by Tyler Perry Presents Peeples with $4.9 million. The debut fell well below projections, which hovered around $13 million. The Jackie Robinson drama 42 rounded out the top five with $4.7 million.
Final figures are expected Monday.
Source: USA Today