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‘Gatsby’ Gives ‘Iron Man 3′ A Run For Its Money

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 'The Great Gatsby' world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on May 1, 2013 in New York City. (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the ‘The Great Gatsby’ world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on May 1, 2013 in New York City. (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gatsby looks almost as great as a superhero at the weekend box office.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Great Gatsby” partied like it was the Roaring Twenties with a $51.1 million debut that made it a surprisingly strong runner-up to comic-book blockbuster “Iron Man 3.”

Studio estimates Sunday put “Gatsby” at No. 2 behind Robert Downey Jr.’s superhero sequel, which pulled in $72.5 million domestically to raise its total to $284.9 million after just 10 days in U.S. theaters.

With an additional $89.3 million in its third weekend overseas, “Iron Man 3″ lifted its international total to $664.1 million and its worldwide haul to $949 million.

“The Great Gatsby” far exceeded industry expectations, which had pegged its opening weekend as low as $30 million.

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