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Weekend Box Office Report: May 10-12, 2013

May. 12, 2013by: Dave Davis

Iron Man 3 fights for the top!

It seems that it's not too easy to keep a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist down, as Tony Stark proved in the face of other rich and handsome competition this weekend, propelling IRON MAN 3 to the top for a second week with an additional $72.4 million.

While that's nearly a 60% drop from its opening, it's still a respectable amount considering IRON MAN 3 was second only to THE AVENGERS for all-time biggest opening weekends (that record-smashing superhero gathering made $103M its second weekend).

And with a worldwide total already at $949 million, the armored champion's current trajectory will undoubtedly put IRON MAN 3 in the Top 10 global moneymakers (TOY STORY 3 is currently at #10 with $1.06 billion). Could it possibly even pass THE AVENGERS, now at #3 with $1.51 billion?

As for affluent challenger THE GREAT GATSBY, director Baz Luhrmann's lavish new 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic placed second with $51.1 million. Star Leonardo Dicaprio's version of the wealthy party-thrower is the actor's second-best opening weekend behind Christopher Nolan's mindbender INCEPTION, which opened in July 2010 with $62.7 million.

But even with GATSBY's favorable first figures, nobody seemed quite sure what to make of the period piece featuring glitzy visuals and anachronistic tunes -- critics were divided (48% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences left it with a 'B' CinemaScore, which could present complications in a merciless summer movie season (especially since some reports say the grandiose production may have cost as much as $200M).

The weekend's other new release, the Craig Robinson/Kerry Washington comedy PEEPLES, got lost in the shuffle. Even with Tyler Perry "presenting", the counterprogramming attempt got ignored in fourth place with just $4.6 million, sammiched between the third weekend of Michael Bay's musclehead caper PAIN & GAIN and the fifth weekend of baseball biopic 42.

Things plummet even deeper in the bottom half of the chart, with Tom Cruise's OBLIVION still struggling to hit the $100 million mark domestically. Matthew McConaughey's MUD is still adding screens and providing an intriguing alternative to the summer fare (it has the highest per-screen average outside the top two), while Sam Raimi's OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL just barely has a finger in the Top 10 (it actually made less than a million bucks).

Outside the chart, SCARY MOVIE 5 and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES were both displaced, while the limited release of horror-thriller NO ONE LIVES (from VERSUS and MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN director Ryuhei Kitamura) got slashed with just $866 per-screen -- barely more than G.I. JOE: RETALIATION in its seventh week.

Next weekend brings back the rebooted crew of the Enterprise in J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (opening Thursday), plus limited releases of horror cheapie BLACK ROCK and the Aaron Eckhart actioner ERASED.

How much do you think STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS will make over its opening weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Iron Man 3 $72.4 M $284.8 M
2. The Great Gatsby $51.1 M
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3. Pain and Gain $5 M $41.6 M
4. Peeples $4.8 M
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5. 42 $4.6 M $84.7 M
6. Oblivion $3.8 M $81.6 M
7. The Croods $3.6 M $173.2 M
8. The Big Wedding $2.5 M $18.2 M
9. Mud $2.3 M $8.3 M
10. Oz the Great and Powerful $1 M $229.9 M

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9:39AM on 05/13/2013

A producer/executive actually approved the Trevor Slattery idea...

It absolutely baffles me how a movie as bad as Iron Man 3 has made this much money. Then again, Alice in Wonderland 3D, Pirates of the Carribbean 4, I Am Legend, Spider-Man 3 and Oz: The Great and Powerful cleaned up too, and those were atrocious examples that certainly deserve at seat at the Shitty Flick Kiddie Table.
For the record, I love Shane Black and this is his only blemish on an otherwise flawless record. But oh boy, what a colossal fuck-up IM3 was...
It absolutely baffles me how a movie as bad as Iron Man 3 has made this much money. Then again, Alice in Wonderland 3D, Pirates of the Carribbean 4, I Am Legend, Spider-Man 3 and Oz: The Great and Powerful cleaned up too, and those were atrocious examples that certainly deserve at seat at the Shitty Flick Kiddie Table.
For the record, I love Shane Black and this is his only blemish on an otherwise flawless record. But oh boy, what a colossal fuck-up IM3 was...
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11:43AM on 05/13/2013
It absolutely baffles me how people think just because they don't like something that means everyone thinks the same way. For instance, I still fail to see to how Iron Man 3 was a colossal fuck up in any way but it doesn't mean that no one else can't or shouldn't.
It absolutely baffles me how people think just because they don't like something that means everyone thinks the same way. For instance, I still fail to see to how Iron Man 3 was a colossal fuck up in any way but it doesn't mean that no one else can't or shouldn't.
4:18AM on 05/13/2013
Saw Mud over the weekend, fantastic film, really enjoyed it.
Saw Mud over the weekend, fantastic film, really enjoyed it.
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8:30PM on 05/12/2013

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glad to see it's still doing fairly well, truthfully i thought it was hilarious ( i know it wasn't a comedy but all the speeches Ford gave on racism and the awesome play by play commentary by John McGinley were funny as hell to me), but all in all it was a great movie and hopin it crosses that 100M marker soon.

As for next week, IM3 will probably hit around 30-35 million, but Star Trek should kill it, easily doubling it, maybe breaking 100M opening weekend.
glad to see it's still doing fairly well, truthfully i thought it was hilarious ( i know it wasn't a comedy but all the speeches Ford gave on racism and the awesome play by play commentary by John McGinley were funny as hell to me), but all in all it was a great movie and hopin it crosses that 100M marker soon.

As for next week, IM3 will probably hit around 30-35 million, but Star Trek should kill it, easily doubling it, maybe breaking 100M opening weekend.
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12:21AM on 05/13/2013
Dr. Cox is the perfect sports announcer.
Dr. Cox is the perfect sports announcer.
5:24PM on 05/12/2013
Good for Shane Black! I've been watching his films all week. Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Last Action Hero, The Last Boyscout and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. So good!
Good for Shane Black! I've been watching his films all week. Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Last Action Hero, The Last Boyscout and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. So good!
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9:32PM on 05/12/2013
The Long Kiss Goodnight is wayyyy underrated.
The Long Kiss Goodnight is wayyyy underrated.
7:46AM on 05/13/2013
I love TLKG too... A shame the movie bombed, because, apparently, Black had already the story for a sequel (it was supposed to be called ' A Kiss After Lightning' I think)...
I love TLKG too... A shame the movie bombed, because, apparently, Black had already the story for a sequel (it was supposed to be called ' A Kiss After Lightning' I think)...
4:31PM on 05/12/2013
First, I don't HATE IM3. It was really good and had a fresh feel to it for a Tony Stark movie. Without ruining it I'll just say that I can't imagine the same twist for any other arch-villain (can u imagine the riots if Joker or Green Goblin had the same thing happen to their characters?). I'm not going to totally dismiss the risks that were made to give this a 'real-world' feel but dammit if I don't feel slightly let down.
First, I don't HATE IM3. It was really good and had a fresh feel to it for a Tony Stark movie. Without ruining it I'll just say that I can't imagine the same twist for any other arch-villain (can u imagine the riots if Joker or Green Goblin had the same thing happen to their characters?). I'm not going to totally dismiss the risks that were made to give this a 'real-world' feel but dammit if I don't feel slightly let down.
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5:33PM on 05/12/2013
First time I've ever been called a hater for something that I enjoyed, just didn't love. Some just can't wrap their minds around someone liking IM3, yet calling it a disappointment. I gave it a decent review, but get treated like a troll if I start to voice my criticisms. It's like if I didn't give it a 9 or 10/10 then I'm against it doing well, which couldn't be further from the truth.
First time I've ever been called a hater for something that I enjoyed, just didn't love. Some just can't wrap their minds around someone liking IM3, yet calling it a disappointment. I gave it a decent review, but get treated like a troll if I start to voice my criticisms. It's like if I didn't give it a 9 or 10/10 then I'm against it doing well, which couldn't be further from the truth.
6:08AM on 05/13/2013
I agree. for some reason on this film if you give it 6/10 you may as well give it zero by all the thumbs down. and you are correct, if it was joker that was ruined it would be hell on earth. look at galactus - everyone shit on that (and they should have, making him a cloud was god awful).
I agree. for some reason on this film if you give it 6/10 you may as well give it zero by all the thumbs down. and you are correct, if it was joker that was ruined it would be hell on earth. look at galactus - everyone shit on that (and they should have, making him a cloud was god awful).
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4:10PM on 05/12/2013
Hey The_Soloist, I rarely give thumbs up/down to anyone except that guy whose name is an e-mail address....and he gets thumbs down...for the record. But you...my friend...you got a thumbs up from me today. I didn't particularly care about what you posted...I just gave it to you and know that when you speak nonsense...I'll still give you a thumbs up...coz I am that guy!
Hey The_Soloist, I rarely give thumbs up/down to anyone except that guy whose name is an e-mail address....and he gets thumbs down...for the record. But you...my friend...you got a thumbs up from me today. I didn't particularly care about what you posted...I just gave it to you and know that when you speak nonsense...I'll still give you a thumbs up...coz I am that guy!
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4:12PM on 05/12/2013
Right back at ya dude. Appreciate the positivity.
Right back at ya dude. Appreciate the positivity.
8:30PM on 05/12/2013
why is it every week there's one of these posts that supports soloist?
why is it every week there's one of these posts that supports soloist?
9:31PM on 05/12/2013
cause the guy gets way to much crap for no reason, just because hes overly positive he gets thumbs down even when he makes good points, i think people are starting to come around to him
cause the guy gets way to much crap for no reason, just because hes overly positive he gets thumbs down even when he makes good points, i think people are starting to come around to him
3:34PM on 05/12/2013
I don't get the hate for Iron Man 3, or even for Iron Man 2 for that matter. Behind the dark knight trilogy, I find it to be up there as the best superhero franchise. All of them were good plots and entertaining action sequences. They're all above 70 on RT and all got A's on cinescores, so I could only assume most people complaining that Iron Man sequels weren't Citizen Kane are in the minority or just want something to bitch about.
I don't get the hate for Iron Man 3, or even for Iron Man 2 for that matter. Behind the dark knight trilogy, I find it to be up there as the best superhero franchise. All of them were good plots and entertaining action sequences. They're all above 70 on RT and all got A's on cinescores, so I could only assume most people complaining that Iron Man sequels weren't Citizen Kane are in the minority or just want something to bitch about.
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4:07PM on 05/12/2013
I personally enjoy the Iron Man trilogy over the Dark Knight trilogy. They're both great, but I just enjoy the Iron Man films more on a personal level. They're just more fun and entertaining.
I personally enjoy the Iron Man trilogy over the Dark Knight trilogy. They're both great, but I just enjoy the Iron Man films more on a personal level. They're just more fun and entertaining.
6:12AM on 05/13/2013
iron man 2 - he is hardly in the suit, and it fells like the entire movie was just made to set up avengers.
iron man 3 - mandarin ruined (what if they did the same thing to joker?). tony is even less in the suit. after he rescues all the people from the plane it turns out it was just a remote controlled suit - that is a let down. he and rhodes are running around with guns?? i want iron man in the suit. also guy pearce's master plan was what? own the war on terror, why? to what end? was it to
iron man 2 - he is hardly in the suit, and it fells like the entire movie was just made to set up avengers.
iron man 3 - mandarin ruined (what if they did the same thing to joker?). tony is even less in the suit. after he rescues all the people from the plane it turns out it was just a remote controlled suit - that is a let down. he and rhodes are running around with guns?? i want iron man in the suit. also guy pearce's master plan was what? own the war on terror, why? to what end? was it to give everyone super powers - to what end? oh and iron patriot gets captured in 1 second by a female pretending to be muslim - oh, big hero there.
8:51AM on 05/13/2013
Jman, you, my friend, are the guy who just wants something to bitch about. You took these movies way too seriously
Jman, you, my friend, are the guy who just wants something to bitch about. You took these movies way too seriously
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3:22PM on 05/12/2013
I hope IM3 cools off, I am tired of mediocre super hero films scoring as well as they have. The last Dark Knight film, IM2, IM3, XM2, XM3, SM2, SM3 - please stop with mediocrity!
I hope IM3 cools off, I am tired of mediocre super hero films scoring as well as they have. The last Dark Knight film, IM2, IM3, XM2, XM3, SM2, SM3 - please stop with mediocrity!
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3:31PM on 05/12/2013
You're joking right?
You're joking right?
3:54PM on 05/12/2013
Seriously? X-Men 2 and Spider-Man 2 are some of the best superhero films ever made. I personally rank them above even TDK & The Avengers.
Seriously? X-Men 2 and Spider-Man 2 are some of the best superhero films ever made. I personally rank them above even TDK & The Avengers.
4:10PM on 05/12/2013
X-Men 2 and Spider-Man 2 were considered the two best superhero films of all time before the whole Avenger franchise and Dark Knight trilogy. I remember being floored after seeing Spider-Man 2. I thought it was and still is great.
X-Men 2 and Spider-Man 2 were considered the two best superhero films of all time before the whole Avenger franchise and Dark Knight trilogy. I remember being floored after seeing Spider-Man 2. I thought it was and still is great.
3:28AM on 05/13/2013
If i was 5 when spider-man 2 came out, id think it was good too.

The marvel films are just turning into a money making machine that no care is going into.
If i was 5 when spider-man 2 came out, id think it was good too.

The marvel films are just turning into a money making machine that no care is going into.
6:13AM on 05/13/2013
if you replace dark knight rises with incredible hulk and SM2 with XM1 then you get a thumbs up.
if you replace dark knight rises with incredible hulk and SM2 with XM1 then you get a thumbs up.
7:39AM on 05/13/2013
I'm not five...I'm twenty four. For some reason I thought Jurassic Park came out in 1983 when I made that post about not being alive yet, but foolish me the film came out in 1993. So yeah I'm much older than five years old.
I'm not five...I'm twenty four. For some reason I thought Jurassic Park came out in 1983 when I made that post about not being alive yet, but foolish me the film came out in 1993. So yeah I'm much older than five years old.
12:44PM on 05/13/2013
"The marvel films are just turning into a money making machine that no care is going into"

Haters wanna hate.

Obviously there's no changing the mind of a cynical fanboy so I won't bother with you.

As for the sequels, They're all hit and miss depending on the franchise. But none of them are mediocre at all, cept maybe Ghost RIder and Punisher but those are in a league of their own.

anyone who thought Dark Knight Rises was going to be better than Dark Knight should take their thumbs
"The marvel films are just turning into a money making machine that no care is going into"

Haters wanna hate.

Obviously there's no changing the mind of a cynical fanboy so I won't bother with you.

As for the sequels, They're all hit and miss depending on the franchise. But none of them are mediocre at all, cept maybe Ghost RIder and Punisher but those are in a league of their own.

anyone who thought Dark Knight Rises was going to be better than Dark Knight should take their thumbs out of their asses, sniff them and wake up from the shit dream they're havin. It was a good film on it's own and a good way to end the trilogy, but to compare it to the dark knight? That's a pretty high bar to put upon any film.

Spider-man 2- Personally other than Alfred Molina's performance, I thought the film was pretty stupid and corny as hell. My opinion, but I'm not gonna drag it out into 10 different threads (a.kavanagh@live.co.uk)

X2- Still is the best of the X-Men Franchise

Incredible Hulk was more of a reboot so I won't count that as a sequel

DId I like all of them no, but I won't disagree their place in their franchises and won't deny they're all worthy of making a shit load of money. The superhero movies we're getting now a days (with the exception of 1 or 2) are 100 times better than the crap we were getting in the 90s. Captain America, Batman sequels, STEEL with Shaq. I'm not saying be contempt with what you have now, but look at what you have back then and see now where it's under the hands of people that actually know what they're doing. Kinda a complete 180 if you ask me.

2:30PM on 05/12/2013
The Great Gatsby was great. Glad to see it have a huge weekend. The whole movie was fantastic and Leo and Edgerton owned as Gatsby and Buchannan.

Was hoping Oblivion would cross over a $100 domestically, but at this rate it probably won't now. And happy to see Iron Man 3 still kicking ass. It was such a great, terrific film.

The box office numbers should be really interesting with Star Trek Into Darkness coming out this week.
The Great Gatsby was great. Glad to see it have a huge weekend. The whole movie was fantastic and Leo and Edgerton owned as Gatsby and Buchannan.

Was hoping Oblivion would cross over a $100 domestically, but at this rate it probably won't now. And happy to see Iron Man 3 still kicking ass. It was such a great, terrific film.

The box office numbers should be really interesting with Star Trek Into Darkness coming out this week.
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2:41PM on 05/12/2013
Interesting as in astronomically huge opening for Trek w/ everything else plummeting.

Why is it every time I read your positive posts I hear that 'Sunshine, Lollipops' song go off in my head . . . ?
Interesting as in astronomically huge opening for Trek w/ everything else plummeting.

Why is it every time I read your positive posts I hear that 'Sunshine, Lollipops' song go off in my head . . . ?
3:33PM on 05/12/2013
^ Bigger Boat sounds like a personal problem to me.
^ Bigger Boat sounds like a personal problem to me.
8:26PM on 05/12/2013
horrible attempt at humor bigger boat. booooooooo!
horrible attempt at humor bigger boat. booooooooo!
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