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Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" makes an $18.5 million Friday

  • Despite deeply divided critics, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has started to fare very well at the US box office. The Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer reached the $18.5 million collection mark on Friday. Luhrmann's unique take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is slotted to make for a weekend collections of over $50 million, according to estimates. The 3D adaptation of an immortal epic could do much higher if Mother's Day sales are to be accounted for, say box office experts. In addition to Leonardo DiCaprio, the film features Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton and is budgeted at $100 million.

    Disney/Marvel’s 3D feature Iron Man is, however, likely to outdo the Gatsby this weekend with a collection of $70 million in the second week of its release. The movie is targeted at young adults and is likely to reach the $1 billion collections record worldwide by next week.