This is the rare success that may have everyone involved walk away. With no future "Sherlock Holmes" installments planned, Robert Downey Jr. has lined up "The Judge" and "Chef," two smaller-scale character films that should keep the actor busy until another gargantuan paycheck for "The Avengers 2." Meanwhile, Marvel remains in a holding pattern about "Iron Man 4," a prospect that seems dubious given Marvel's crowded output, not to mention the fairly conclusive end to the story in "Iron Man 3." The credits promise "Tony Stark Will Return," but Downey Jr. might take his sweet time. And if he doesn't return to this franchise, you'll need a significant buffer with the audience before recasting a role that has just led two straight films to billion dollar results. Meanwhile, fingers crossed that "A-List Director Shane Black" becomes a thing now.
There was so much riding against "The Great Gatsby" that, for a brief moment, its failure would have almost made the project seemed cursed. Abruptly yanked from a winter release date into the summer, the film was dogged by reshoots and bad buzz, with many reportedly turned off by the fact that "The Great Gatsby 3D" sounded like a punchline more than an actual concept. Add to that a massive budget somewhere between $150 and $200 million and the fact that 'Gatsby' was the source for four previously forgotten adaptations, and the fact that no Baz Luhrmann-directed movie has eclipsed the $57 million of "Moulin Rouge!" stateside, and you've got the recipe for disappointment. And then there's that release date: the first weekend of May usually produces a monster hit, but the second weekend is known for leftovers like "Poseidon," "Speed Racer" and last year's "Dark Shadows."
After three weeks, "Pain And Gain" has limped over $40 million, and it might just top out around $55 million. It barely stayed above "42," which is barreling towards $90 million in a rush for nine digits. Both films seem pitched heavily to the male demographic, so the fact that neither capsized is impressive. Chances are these were first choices for audiences shut out of sold-out shows of "Iron Man 3." With its fifth week in the top five, "42" should lap the Michael Bay drama next week, as the momentum lost comes not from a loss of interest, but a loss of screens due to Warner Bros.-mate 'Gatsby.'
With the summer comes a sudden lack of viable titles on the market, letting whatever's left hang around for a short while. "Oblivion" spent the weekend as a successful sixth choice for moviegoers, kicking its limber leg over the $80 million domestic mark. The low end of expectations for this would-be blockbuster was in the neighborhood of $250-$300 million worldwide, and it's not even going to reach that, and the "Mission: Impossible 5" announcement shows that Tom Cruise is fully aware. With no CG-toon in release, "The Croods" registered the lowest drop in the top ten, having already crossed half-a-billion worldwide. With "Star Trek Into Darkness" the only wide release hitting next weekend, expect junk like "The Big Wedding" to keep crowding the bottom of the top ten.
In indie theaters, a strong showing for the second week of "The Iceman" led the way, with $109k at seventeen locations. Amidst only a few debuts was "Stories We Tell," which only opened at two locations but produced a stellar $31k. They were stronger overall results for genre flick "No One Lives," but that was $45.9k at 53 locations, a piddling per-screen average. "What Maisie Knew" brought in $24k at three locations in its second week, while "Love Is All You Need" collected $40k at ten theaters. Support your local arthouse theater, boys and girls.
1. Iron Man In Perpetuity (Disney) - $72.5 million ($284.9 mil.)
2. The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.) - $51.1 million
3. Pain And Gain (Paramount) - $5 million ($41.6 mil.)
4. Tyler Perry Footed The Bill (Lionsgate) - $4.9 million
5. 42 (Warner Bros.) - $4.7 million ($84.7 million)
6. Oblivion (Universal) - $3.9 million ($82 mil.)
7. The Croods 3D (Fox) - $3.6 million ($173 mil.)
8. The Big Wedding (Lionsgate) - $2.5 million ($18 mil.)
9. Mud (Roadside Attractions) - $2.3 million ($8 mil.)
10. Oz This Is Still Playing Somehow (Disney) - $802k ($230 mil.)