The Friday Box Office: “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo diCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carrey Mulligan, brings in $19.4 million, following “Iron Man 3″ with $19.8 closely. As close as it is for Friday, it is expected that “Iron Man 3″ will bring in about $60 million and surpass Gatsby by about $10 million.

The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.)

The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.)

This does not mean that Gatsby, based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, could not topple Iron Man, because it is exceeding expectations so far, and the gap is surmountable. However, Iron Man comes off a spectacular opening weekend.

So far Iron Man has amassed $232.2 million domestically, with $174.1 on opening day and more than $795.6 million worldwide. It’s been a huge success!

Iron Man was the second best opener domestically, behind “The Avengers” also starring Downey Jr. Previously the “Harry Potter” final installment held the record with $169.2 million in 2011.

Gatsby’s performance is good news for director Baz Luhrmann whose last film “Australia” made as much as Gatsby made on opening day during its entire showing. The results are also good for Warner Bros.

Gatsby has received mixed reviews, some sing its praises while others say it’s disappointing. You will have to be the judge and make up your own mind. The film is on track to make the $100 million it spent on production.

The rest of the top five films this past Friday are “Pain and Gain” in third place with $. “Pain & Gain” with Dawyne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg came in third place on Friday with just $1.3 million, followed by “Peeples” produced by Tyler Perry, which was a disappointment at $1.19 million and “42” with $1.1 million with an impressive $81.1 million to date.

The Great Gatsby Trailer

Iron Man 3 Trailer