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. and Canadian theatres.
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.
Director Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic was a rare box-office smash for films aimed at older…
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