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Rich White Guys Control the Box Office in a New Way

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Your weekend box office:

1. Iron Man 3 - $72.5 million, holding off Baz Luhrmann's new release to remain America's most important literary adaptation.

2. The Great Gatsby - $51 million, a strong debut despite its failing to take out last week's leader. It should hold up reasonably well in coming weeks, as the summer film market gets cluttered with action blockbusters and this becomes the only film where Leonardo DiCaprio throws shirts around.

3. Pain and Gain - $5 million. Hey, mom wanted to see it, so what can you do?

4. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples - $4.9 million, which goes to show that Perry can't just slap his name on something and expect it to sell. He's got to use a possessive apostrophe, too.

5. 42 - $4.7 million, still hanging on to the top five in its fifth week in theaters, now with a gross of over $84 million. Truly impressive how little people want to see the recently-released The Big Wedding.

Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]

  • May 6, 2013
    Your weekend box office: 1. Iron Man 3 - $175.3 million, making for the second-biggest opening ever behind The Avengers. People love Gwyneth Paltrow movies! 2. Pain and Gain - $7.6 million, once again proving The Rock to be our closest equivalent to a guy in an inhumanly-powe... / Continue →
  • April 29, 2013
    While Iron Man 3 was out making $195 million overseas this weekend, here's what happened in the domestic box office: 1. Pain and Gain - $20 million. It's a weak opening by Michael Bay standards, but lucky for Michael Bay, he doesn't really worry all that much about standards. ... / Continue →
  • April 22, 2013
    Your weekend box office: 1. Oblivion - $38.2 million. Looks like Cruise has still got that movie star magic of there not being any other new films to see this weekend. 2. 42 - $18 million, still performing well thanks to strong word of mouth. Specifically, the words of co-sta... / Continue →
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