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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Falling 'Fast & Furious' and Sleeper 'Now You See Me' Trounce Shyamalan/Smith Combo 'After Earth'

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2013 at 1:02PM

With the help of an unexpected sleeper success ("Now You See Me") and a continued decent showing for "Fast and Furious 6," the combined weekend gross for the top 10 again rose above last year's ($150 million, up from $133) even with the disappointing initial numbers from "After Earth," which was expected to be #1 this weekend.
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Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Iron Man 3'
Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Iron Man 3'
7. Iron Man 3 (Buena Vista) Week 5 - Last weekend: #5

$8,006,000 (-59%) in 2,895 theaters (-529); PSA: $2,765; Cumulative: $384,751,000

Still hanging on, not quite with the sustained performance of Marvel's "The Avengers," but who's complaining?

What comes next: With $400 million domestic and $1.2 billion in sight, this has sent the bar for "Fast & Furious 6" and the upcoming "Man of Steel" for the summer's top film.

What comes next: This has kept the Marvel label as the most anticipated brand of the moment.

8. The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.) Week 4 - Last weekend: #6

$6,265,000 (-54%) in 2,635 theaters (-455); PSA: $2,378; Cumulative: $128,256,000

Slowing down, but has already achieved the domestic performance level that Warner's was hoping for.

What comes next: Looks like this will hit $140 million.

9. (tentative) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deew (Eros) Week 1

$1.65 million in 162 theaters; PSA: $8,024; Cumulative: $1.65 million

Indian films (mainly Bollywood comedy/musicals) play regularly throughout the U.S. (and other countries) the same day they open in their home country (in part because of piracy issues). This one, starring two of the biggest current romantic movie stars, translates as "This Kid Is Funny." Without even being reviewed in the mainstream press (despite New York and Los Angeles area openings) and totally off the industry radar, it still seems to have managed a top 10 showing, though the grosses as of now haven't been officially reported.

What comes next: Bollywood films usually do most of their business the first weekend.

10. Mud (Roadside Attractions) Week 6; Last weekend #7

$1,226,000  (-%) in 580 theaters (-131); PSA: $2,110; Cumulative: $16,866,000

Yet another top 10 weekend despite losing theaters steadily. Roadside's placement of this film during this period without much competition for adults plus the film's clear positive reaction continue to pay off.

What comes next: This still might make it close to $20 million.


This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, After Earth, Will Smith, Fast and Furious, Now You See Me


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.