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The Great Gatsby opens to $51.1 million in US

The Great Gatsby

Story by Jack Foley

THE Great Gatsby has opened to a massive $51.1 million in the US, surpassing expectations.

The figure was still not enough to grab top spot, though, as holdover Iron Man 3 took another massive $72.5 million for a US total of $284.9 million.

Overseas, the Disney and Marvel Studios blockbuster grossed $89.3 million for an international total of $664.1 million. Its worldwide haul now stands at almost $950 million.

Gatsby‘s success owes much to the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, as the film attracted a strong female turnout.

It easily represents Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s best opening to date.

Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman commented: “We positioned the film as counter-programming for the lucrative summer playtime and weave our way thru the stream of fan boy tent poles to a long successful run at the box office.

Star Trek opens next weekend, and that certainly isn’t our audience.”

Gatsby cost about $105 million after $85 million in hefty Australian locations subsidies.

Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain came in third in its third weekend, grossing $5 million for a US total of $41.6 million, while sports biopic 42, starring Harrison Ford, placed fifth, grossing $4.7 million for a US total of $84.7 million.

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