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"The Great Gatsby" is a Box Office Hit, But Can't Beat "Iron Man 3"

Posted: May 13th, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"The Great Gatsby" is a Box Office Hit, But CanSubmit Comment
Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Great Gatsby" hit theaters this weekend and went on to earn a whopping $51 million at the domestic box office. That's a huge hit for Warner Bros, but the film still landed in second place, behind "Iron Man 3," which grossed $72 million in its second weekend.

"The Great Gatsby" cost $105 million to make, which means that it will easily become profitable, especially when international results are calculated. The film has 48% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.

Meanwhile, "Iron Man 3" has taken in almost $950 million worldwide. There's no doubt that it will break the billion dollar mark, but it will likely not catch up to the global total of "The Avengers" ($1.5 billion).

The other new wide release of the weekend was Tyler Perry's "Peeples," starring Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington. The comedy cost $15 million to make, but bombed with a $4.9 million debut. Perry didn't direct the film or star in it. "Peeples" has a 38% fresh rating.

On the specialty side, Luke Evans' "No One Lives" horror film (made by WWE) was released in 53 theaters and went on to gross $45,900. That's a lousy per-screen average of $866. The film has a 18% fresh rating.

Click here to read our "The Great Gatsby" review.

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Source: THR


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Deaft0ne writes:
on May 12th, 2013 at 11:06:11 PM

That WWE movie should have just been called No One Cares.
CelluloidMan writes:
on May 12th, 2013 at 11:07:53 PM

WWE should just contract its wrestlers out & stay away from making movies...something they know nothing about.
BlackDynamite writes:
on May 12th, 2013 at 11:16:41 PM

I saw Great Gatsby on friday (not my first choice, my date picked the movie) and I thought it was a fairly respectable film, kept pretty close to the novel.

That being said, I thought most of the acting in the film was average to sub par, with everyone keeping about two emotions on their face throughout the entire film.

The soundtrack was atrotcious. Never should I ever year upwards of 4 rap/r&b songs in a movie that is centered around the twentys, and I should definitely not hear one jay-z song, let alone 2-3.
minkowski writes:
on May 12th, 2013 at 11:43:31 PM

The Roaring Twenties were about rap, hip-hop and gold-toothed "musicians", not Jazz, style, excess and prohibition, or didn't you get the memo?

""The Great Gatsby" is a Box Office Hit,"

Yeah, well, in all fairness. half those tickets were purchased by Dustin and his cats.
minkowski writes:
on May 12th, 2013 at 11:45:11 PM

Luke Evans in a film titled "No One Lives"? Sounds like a biopic of San Franciso's bath houses.
Tanman32123 writes:
on May 13th, 2013 at 12:26:19 AM

meh.. I'm not even looking forward to this lol
Deaft0ne writes:
on May 13th, 2013 at 12:55:57 AM

Suuure tanman.
vincere01 writes:
on May 13th, 2013 at 1:25:08 AM

@black dynamite and mink.

I too saw gatsby last night. Wife's pick, shes a big leo fan. Anyway I went in to it expecting cheese galore, and a half musical(directed by baz you had to assume). Thought it would be all style, no substance trainwreck of an adaptation.

this is excluding the music part, ill get to that in a minute. Story wise it was one of the closest adaptations ive seen in a long time. Baz actually made what I believe to be his most straightforward and "normal" movie to date. Very suprised.

Acting wise was mostly what you would expect, with a few exceptions. Leo did a great job as gatsby. Hes an actor that because of some of his past work you dont want to like, but his talent and career choices since titanic leave not alot of room to criticism.

The female parts I found to be tbe most uneven. In particular isla fisher and carey muligan. They both seemed to swing back and forth between nice, well acted dramatic beats all the way to your cliche overacting "im in a 1920's movie" acting. The dramatic shifts were quite noticeable and took you out of the movie. However both showed they can act in the darker moments nicely.

The suprises for me, were joel edgerton and believe it or not tobey maguire. Edgerton gave an outstanding performance as the overbearing wandering eye husband. Completely beleiveable as a man in the 1920s but not once seeming like an archetype. Tobey, did more with his part then I thought he could possibly do.

Its weird too, that at times in the movie he actually looks younger than he did in spiderman. But he nailed the part of the "new in town naive midwesterner. Wide eyed. To quote, he inhabited what it meant to be "within, And without" at the same time.

His scenes with dicaprio specificly were always top notch. This movie might go a long way as to help earn him more dramatic credibility in hollywood.

now to one of the best, and at times worst aspects of the movie. The music. Baz has always been a director about style and flair. Being the guy who is always different. Being so straightforward story wise it seems he let his freak style out in this department.

As dynamite aluded to the rap music interjected into a 1920s movie is quite jarring. Just as it was in 42 a few weeks back. I understand that jay z is from the city, and how he seems to be crafting his career these days out of capitalizing on that fact. But it was completely unnecessary.

Now there were other modern day recording artists who collaborated on this movie as well. Including his wife beyonce. But with each of the other the songs were dramaticly changed to fit the time. With some the music beds were redone with 1920s era music accompanying. Some had pacing changes I the lyric delivery as well. And alot were only used for moments to either fit the emotion of the moment or to help create a sense of wonder during a visually appealing sequence.

but with the rest of them they felt more organic to the time period or were changed enough to fit into the time period. They all worked, and sometimes really well. The rap not so much, sorry jay z. If there is every a directors cut of the film those music pieces should be removed immediately.

All in all a solid movie. Not a 9 like putnam chose but solid.
7 out of 10

the good
- solid performences mostly, especially edgerton, dicaprio and maguire.
- very true to the source material.
- baz's most enjoyable movie yet, less out there style.

the bad
- uneven performences by some female cast members. Fisher and muligan
- ghastly use of rap music in a era piece. Ruins some sequences due to its inclusion.
pornfly writes:
on May 13th, 2013 at 2:37:04 AM

For it being a great american novel
they sure went out of their way to cast a bunch of foreigners
MadLad writes:
on May 13th, 2013 at 2:40:35 AM

It seems as if Baz Luhrmann was attracted to the script and saw, "giant mansion" twice and "lavish party" a few times, and "speakeasy" a few more and decided he had to shoot the movie. There may have been a story about humans, relationships and self-creation in there but you won't see it on the screen. If you're into lavish parties, grand locations and giant sets, see the movie.

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