Iron Man beats Gatsby at box office

2013-05-13 08:04
Los Angeles - Tony Stark's superpowers lifted blockbuster Iron Man 3 back to the top of movie charts in the United States and Canada, beating out a strong debut over the weekend for lavish Jazz Age drama The Great Gatsby.

Coming off a gigantic opening a week earlier, Iron Man 3 commanded $72.5m in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday in its second weekend. Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as millionaire Jay Gatsby in the classic F Scott Fitzgerald tale, earned a strong $51.1m, according to studio estimates.

Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jr as Stark, a billionaire businessman with a superhero alter ego. The movie from Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios opened last weekend with $174.1m for the second-biggest movie opening of all time.

In distant third place, dark action comedy Pain & Gain grossed $5m. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as bodybuilders-turned-criminals who kidnap a wealthy deli owner.