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Sunday
May122013

Weekend Box Office: 'Iron Man' Is Greater than 'Gatsby'

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The top two movies this weekend were both about fabulously wealthy people, and their weekend grosses were fittingly high.

The Great Gatsby opened stronger than expected, pulling in $51.1 million dollars for second place, but Iron Man 3 remained in first with $72.2 million.

Iron Man 3 is closing in on $1 billion worldwide.

The other notable opening, Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples, bombed. The comedy opened in fourth place with a paltry $4.85 million gross.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

01     Iron Man 3 $72.5M

02     The Great Gatsby $51.1M

03     Pain & Gain $5.0M

04     Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples $4.85M

05     42 $4.65M

06     Oblivion $3.864M

07     The Croods $3.6M

08     The Big Wedding $2.5M

09     Mud $2.4M

10     Oz the Great and Powerful $802k

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Wednesday
May082013

Leonardo DiCaprio: I Was ‘Reluctant’ to Play Gatsby

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's 3-D version of The Great Gatsby, said he was initially reluctant to be the one to take on the famous role due to all the pressure that comes with it.

“I was reluctant because I think that what's so powerful about this novel is that everyone has their own interpretation of these characters,” DiCaprio said on an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday.

DiCaprio said that the character’s depth has a lot to do with everyone’s personal interpretations.

“I think what people identify with Jay Gatsby is he's the iconic American dreamer. And he's holding onto a relic of the past that is Daisy Buchanan, but she's a mirage and she no longer exists,” DiCaprio explained. “But that's what I became fascinated by in portraying him was his obsession, you know, his obsession and his relentless hope that he could recreate the past, but of course he couldn't.”

The actor said he gained a new appreciation for the character after Luhrmann told him to reread the classic novel.

“I read it in junior high school and it made sense to me. And in my mind it was a sort of traditional love story, and the time period was representative of the roaring 20s and I kind've tapped into Gatsby's obsession,” he said. “But Baz handed me a first edition copy and said, ‘I want to rediscover this novel. And I want to put it up on film. And I want you to re-read it.’ And as an adult, that's what so incredibly powerful about this novel, it takes on a different meaning.”

The Great Gatsby premiers Friday.

 

 

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Thursday
May242012

"Great Gatsby" Trailer Unveiled

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Director Baz Luhrmann recently released a visually stimulating teaser of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, in opulent, swanky 1920s glamour.

The highly anticipated film, which will be released in 3-D this Christmas, is an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. 

Luhrmann has experience transforming classic texts into cinematic gold.  He directed Romeo and Juliet with DiCaprio in 1996.  This time around, the 37-year-old actor is set to portray Jay Gatsby, a war hero turned millionaire desperate to join high society.

The two-minute teaser shows lavish party scenes and dark, dramatic scenes similar to Luhrmann's Oscar-nominated Moulin Rouge.  With Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean's "No Church in the Wild" thumping as the teaser opens, the song is an oddly fitting track for the dramatic scenes to come.  The trailer closes with U2's cover of "Love is Blindness."

 

 

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