It's a huge opening for The Great Gatsby at the box office, pulling in an estimated $19.4 million on Friday, which includes $3.25 million from Thursday night screenings. Prognosticators are projecting a $50 million weekend for the 3-D feature, which earned a "B" CinemaScore, which may not bode well for its overall holdover from week to week, but with a reported budget around $105 million this should end up being a rather profitable film around the world.
For director Baz Luhrmann, Gatsby already enjoys his highest opening weekend ever, topping the $14.8 million Australia brought in over the course of its three day opening and by the time the weekend is over it will be close to being his highest grossing domestic release of all-time, which is currently Moulin Rouge! with $57.3 million. Of course, inflation changes things, but still impressive nonetheless.
Otherwise, Iron Man 3 still holds on to the #1 slot with an estimated $19.7 million and will certainly have a stronger Saturday and Sunday for something around a $65 million weekend and a second #1 finish.
The weekend's other newcomer, Peeples, brought in a measly $1.18 million. Oops.
Here's Friday's top five.
- Iron Man 3 - $19.7 million
- The Great Gatsby - $19.4 million
- Pain & Gain - $1.3 million
- Peeples - $1.18 million
- 42 - $1.11 million