Once again it's a very front-loaded box office this weekend, with the top 3 films posting double figures and the rest trailing by a few million.
Coming in at number 1 is Star Trek Into Darkness (read our review) with $70 million. The sequel actually opened this Thursday (with select screenings on Wednesday) so it is already up to $84 million in domestic grosses and $115 million worldwide.
Surprisingly, Star Trek Into Darkness is one of those rare sequels to a well-regarded first film that fails to top its predecessor - even though Into Darkness had the added benefit of 3D and IMAX surcharges.
The film is by no means a failure – it will surely make back its $190 million budget easily – this is just something interesting to note. Now J.J. Abrams heads off to (hopefully) course-correct Star Wars.
After holding strong at number 1 for the past two weeks, Iron Man 3 drops to the number 2 spot this weekend with $35 million. Now at $337 million in domestic grosses and $1.07 billion worldwide, there isn't much more to say about Iron Man 3. Yet another huge hit for Marvel, a member of the billion dollar club, and a strong candidate for highest-grossing movie of the year.
The Great Gatsby is the number 3 film with $23 million, which brings its two-week total up to $90 million. At one point the film seemed destined to flop – based on its post-Iron Man 3 opening weekend and 5-month delay – but the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio and a strong narrative foundation won out in the end.
In at number 4 is Pain & Gain with $3 million. Michael Bay's low-budget feature seemingly did well enough to turn a profit, but Pain & Gain's $46 million over four weeks is certainly a low point for the Transformers director. And almost as if on cue, Dwayne Johnson is ready to replace this film with Fast and Furious 6 – the star's fourth 2013 release.
Rounding out the top 5 is The Croods with $2.75 million. Fox's animated film is now up to $176 million in domestic grosses.
42 comes in at number 6 with $2.73 million, which brings its domestic total up to $88 million. With both this film and Great Gatsby far exceeding expectations, one has to imagine Warner Bros. is mighty happy right now- especially since they have Man of Steel opening next month.
Oblivion comes in at number 7 with $2.2 million. Tom Cruise's sci-fi flick continues to hold strong in the top 10 and is at $85 million in domestic grosses and $246 million worldwide. That's 65% of the film's total gross from international audiences.
Mud holds tight at number 8 with $2.16 million, which brings its domestic total up to $11 million. That's certainly enough to turn a profit for the independent coming-of-age drama.
In at number 9 is Tyler Perry Presents Peeples with $2.15 million. It's more bad news for Tyler Perry as this film has only grossed $7 million over two weeks. To be fair, Perry only helped produce the film, but when your name's front and center there's a certain box office expectation.
The Big Wedding rounds out the top 10 with $1.1 million. The R-rated, star-filled comedy is now at $20 million overall.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, May 20th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo