The Man in the Can stayed fresh enough after two weeks to dampen Gatsby's big coming-out party.
Iron Man 3, with Robert Downey Jr. in the super suit, pulled down $72.5 million at U.S. theaters in its second weekend to lift its overall take to a heroic $284.9 mil. Worldwide, Iron Man, which was in its third weekend abroad, has racked up a gate of $949 million.
But the Twenties can still roar. The remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age tale, The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, pulled in a healthy - and unexpected - $51.1 million on its debut weekend, despite less than glittering reviews.
That should have been enough to make Warner Bros. execs want to party. The studio had been looking for a more modest (if that term can ever apply to Hollywood) $35-40 mil opening.
Pain & Gain, with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, also in its third weekend, claimed third place, with a domestic gate of $5 million, while Tyler Perry's latest comedy effort, Peeples, took in a mere $4.9 million for its opening weekend. Fifth place went to the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, slugging away with $4.7 million in its fifth weekend.
Meyers on the move
Seth Meyers is getting his own show on NBC, the network announced Sunday. The "Weekend Update" anchor of Saturday Night Live will replace Jimmy Fallon on the Late Night when Fallon steps up next year to relieve Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Meyers' show will originate from New York's Rockefeller Center, as will Tonight once Fallon takes over. SNL producer Lorne Michaels will be in charge of both shows. No date yet for Meyers' premiere.
Brown goes for goblins
Chris Brown, known to Sideshow readers more for his troubled relationship with singer Rihanna than for his music, is throwing a big scare into some of his little neighbors in Hollywood Hills. The Grammy-winning musician has decorated a retaining wall on his property with paintings of nasty goblins, the sort that kids worry about finding under the bed. The city of Los Angeles has fined Brown $376 for unpermitted and excessive signage and told him to get rid of the goblins. Unh-uh, says his lawyer, Mark Geragos: "They are trying to suspend the First Amendment."