'Star Trek into Darkness' leads the weekend, 'Iron Man 3' passes $1 billion worldwide
"Star Trek into Darkness" had been projected to make as much as $100 million in its opening, but the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel has only earned $84 million domestically for the period from Thursday-Sunday. This does beat the number-one movie on this same weekend last year -- when Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" took in $55.6 million -- but the comparison is misleading. "Avengers" was in its third week of release by that point, having already long passed the $100 million mark.
In second place for the weekend was "Iron Man 3," which earned an additional $35.1 million in its third week. This makes $337.1 million in total for the film domestically, with a total of $1.1 billion earned worldwide so far.
"The Great Gatsby" saw $23.4 million earned in its second weekend, bringing the literary adaptation's total earnings to $90.2 million.
Ticket sales saw a sharp drop-off below the top 3, with the fourth highest-grossing film, "Pain & Gain," earning only $3.1 million in its fourth week. Animated film, "The Croods," held on to its family-oriented domination in week 9 with an additional $2.8 million and a fifth-place finish.