Welcome to the Box Office Report, where we know The Next Generation is clearly the superior television show.
1. Star Trek: Into Darkness (Paramount): $70.5 million in 3,868 theaters
So apparently the studio was expecting something closer to an $84 million weekend haul, so this being looked at by crazy people as a disappointment. As if $70 million isn't a pile of money. The movie business is full of looks. And the latest Trek did pull in $84 million since it opened with midnight showings Wednesday evening so things aren't all bad. But we suspect the studio wanted to brag about making $100 million in four days. Alas, the tragedy of it all.
2. Iron Man 3 (Buena Vista): $35.2 million in 4,237 theaters [Week 3]
It took 23 days for Iron Man 3 to surpass $1 billion globally. And yet Marvel thinks they're not going to pay Robert Downey Jr. for a fourth or fifth or sixth movie (plus assorted Avengers team-ups and cameos). Ha! Right. A billion dollars. Really.
3. The Great Gatsby (Warner): $23.4 million in 3,550 theaters [Week 2]
This is a solid second week for Mr. Gatsby and his fabulous shirts. When The Report finally checked out Gatsby this week, we knew the general details of the ending except who was holding the gun. (We somehow escaped high school without reading it.) So the whole thing was like an episode of Dallas: "Who shoots Jay Gatsby?" Anyway, we've checked the book out of the library to finally get familiar with Mr. Fitzgerald's famous flamboyant character.
4. Pain & Gain (Paramount): $3.1 million in 2,459 theaters [Week 4]
There's some ridiculous rumor about the Rock playing Luke Cage in the Marvel universe and we've never been more conflicted about anything in life.
5. The Croods (Fox): $2.8 million in 2,373 theaters [Week 9]
This movie is like a zombie in that it won't die. It's just hanging around, like the guest at the party who doesn't know when it's polite to leave.