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Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire appear in a photo from their upcoming 2012 film The Great Gatsby. - Provided courtesy of Bazmark Films / Red Wagon Productions

'Iron Man 3' tops 'The Great Gatsby' at weekend box office

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05/12/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

While Leonardo DiCaprio's film "The Great Gatsby" came out strong, "Iron Man 3" reigned supreme at the weekend box office.

"Iron Man 3," which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, topped the weekend box office with $72.5 million, Entertainment Weekly reports. The film, which had the second best opening of all time last weekend, has raked in over $284.9 million domestically in the past 10 days.

In the new sequel to the hit Marvel film franchise, Tony Stark, portrayed by Downey Jr., battles a new enemy -- the Mandarin, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, and viewers also get to see the Marvel comic book character Iron Patriot. Don Cheadle's character, James Rhodes, will appear as War Machine.

Additional newcomers include British actors Guy Pearce, who portrays the geneticist Aldrich Killian, and Rebecca Hall, who stars as fellow scientist Maya Hansen. Jon Favreau, who directed the first two "Iron Man" movies, stars as Happy Hogan.

"The Great Gatsby" didn't fall too far behind "Iron Man 3" for the weekend, earning $51.1 million, according to the outlet. The film, which is an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel by the same name, marks the third best opening weekend ever for a film that didn't hit No. 1.

The movie also stars Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, the narrator.

Carraway is a Midwesterner who moves to Long Island and finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Gatsby. He is eventually drawn into Gatsby's social circle, and becomes a witness to obsession and tragedy.

In the No. 3 spot at the weekend box office is the Mark Wahlberg movie "Pain & Gain." The film earned $5 million in its third week, according to the entertainment outlet.

Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Anthony Mackie star in the crime drama that follows a trio of bodybuilders in Florida who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. The movie is based on a true story.

"Peeples," which features "Scandal" star Kerry Washington finished in fourth place to a disappointing $4.9 million, according to the outlet. The film, which was produced by Tyler Perry, marks the first true misfire for the famed director's brand, according to EW.

(Watch our interview with Washington and Craig Robinson talking their "Peeples" hijinks -- Q&A)

In the No. 5 spot for the weekend box office was the Jackie Robinson biopic, "42" which made $4.7 million in its fifth week. The film follows the real life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

Check out trailers for "Iron Man" and "The Great Gatsby" below.

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