Proving that an auteur-driven drama can hold its own against an action tentpole, Baz Luhrmann's effervescent The Great Gatsby opened to $51.1 million at the North American box office in a major win for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Gatsby, outpacing expectations, came in at No. 2 behind holdover Iron Man 3, which took in about $74 million in its second weekend for a domestic cume north of $286 million.
Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is easily the Australian director's best opening to date and also reinforces Leonardo DiCaprio's box-office prowess among the female set. The actor, playing the iconic and mysterious Jay Gatsby, stars opposite Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton.
The stellar domestic launch bodes well for Gatsby's international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival's opening night on May 15.
Gatsby cost about $105 million after $85 million in hefty Australian locations subsidies.
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