Box office: 'Great Gatsby' opens big with $19.4 million Friday, but doesn't unseat 'Iron Man 3'

the-great-gatsby-leonardo-dicaprio-tobey-maguire-carey-mulligan-warner-bros.jpgIn the battle of the billionaire playboys, Jay Gatsby couldn't topple Tony Stark, though he gave the Marvel superhero quite a run for his money.

"The Great Gatsby"
had spectacular opening day, grossing $19.4 million, which has put the Warner Bros. adaptation on track for a $50-55 million weekend (which exceeds all expectations). Baz Luhrmann's film, which cost roughly $100 million to make, will undoubtedly become the director's best debut ever. As for Gatsby himself, the film will rank as Leonardo DiCaprio's second biggest opening in his career, behind "Inception," which bowed with $62.8 million in 2010.

The huge opening couldn't beat back "Iron Man 3," however. The latest installment in the Marvel franchise followed up its phenomenal opening weekend with $19.8 million on Friday (May 10).

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It wasn't all rosy results on Friday, though. The weekend's other big opener, the Tyler Perry-produced "Peeples," truly flopped, placing fourth with a paltry $1.2 million. The film, starring Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier and Kerry Washington, is the first film marketed on Perry's name to open in the single digits.

Friday's Top 5:

1. "Iron Man 3" - $19.8 million
2. "The Great Gatsby" - $19.4 million
3. "Pain & Gain" - 1.3 million
4. "Peeples" - $1.2 million
5. "42" - $1.1 million
Photo/Video credit: Warner Bros.