Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ makes strong start at US box office

The lavish movie has received mixed reviews from US critics, but audiences haven't been put off

Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby has made a very strong start at the US box office.

Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation of the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel doesn’t arrive in UK cinemas until Thursday (May 16), but it was released in the US last Friday (May 10) and grossed an impressive $51.1 million (£33.3 million) over its opening weekend, Collider reports.

Though that total wasn’t enough to take Gatsby to the top of the US box office – because Iron Man 3 took a whopping $72.4 million (£47.2 million) in its second week on release – it is considerably higher than many box office pundits predicted when the film’s release date was pushed back from Christmas 2012 to May 2013. Gatsby‘s popularity with cinema-goers is especially impressive given the mixed reviews it’s received from US film critics.

Shot in 3D, Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation of the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role alongside Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. The director filmed The Great Gatsby in his native Australia, though the action is set in New York and Long Island’s North Shore during the summer of 1922.

Jay-Z was brought in to executive produce the soundtrack, which features brand new recordings by artists including Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, The xx and Florence and the Machine. Click here for‘s track-by-track review of the soundtrack.