Weekend Box Office: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Leads the Box Office, IRON MAN 3 and THE GREAT GATSBY Continue with Strong Showings

     May 19, 2013


It’s no surprise that this week’s new entry, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, took the top spot.  With the exception of the bumped-off Oz the Great and Powerful, the rest of the top ten features the same contenders from last week.  Iron Man 3 continues its strong performance, followed by Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby.  Michael Bay’s modestly-budgeted Pain and Gain takes the fourth spot and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods makes a bit of a jump as the most family-friendly of films on the roster.

Title Weekend Total
1. Star Trek Into Darkness $70,555,500 $84.1
2. Iron Man 3 $35,182,000 $337.1
3. The Great Gatsby $23,415,000 $90.2
4. Pain and Gain $3,100,000 $46.6
5. The Croods $2,750,000 $176.8
6. 42 $2,730,000 $88.7
7. Oblivion $2,222,000 $85.5
8. Mud $2,160,000 $11.6
9. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples $2,150,000 $7.9
10. The Big Wedding $1,100,000 $20.2


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star-trek-into-darkness-karl-urban-benedict-cumberbatchThough it took the top spot, Star Trek Into Darkness came up short of the expected $80 million weekend and $100 million total.  Audience polling shows that the under-25 portion was underrepresented at 27% of theatergoers.  Attendees were also skewed towards men with a 64/36 split.  Domestically, Star Trek Into Darkness just barely outperformed the opening week of the 2009 original, despite an extra day with 3D and IMAX ticket price boosters.  Internationally, however, the sequel was an 80% box office improvement over the reboot.  Time will tell if Star Trek Into Darkness can match the quarter-of-a-billion dollars the first installment brought in.

Meanwhile, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 crossed the $300 million mark domestically this week and $1 billion worldwide, making it the ninth biggest box office of all time.  It marks Marvel Studios’ second film and the sixth Walt Disney Studios release to reach $1 billion globally, while being the ninth Disney release to reach $300 million domestically.

The Great Gatsby picked up a few theaters in its second week, though its box office total dropped by half (as did Iron Man 3’s take from its second to third week).  Pain and Gain is a bona fide success for Paramount, taking in nearly double its estimated budget.  The Croods makes a jump in its ninth week of release, helped by being the sole film aimed at families and youths.

The bottom five is an odd mixture of the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42; the Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi flick, Oblivion; Roadside Attraction’s Mud with Matthew McConaughey and two Lionsgate films: Tyler Perry Presents Peeples and The Big Wedding.

The other notable new release this week was Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig.  Though it only opened in four theaters, it pulled in an average of $33,500 which was nearly twice what Star Trek Into Darkness managed.


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