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‘IRON MAN 3’: Tony Stark holds off ‘The Great Gatsby’s’ great opening; near $1B worldwide

IN A SHOWDOWN of stinking-rich playboys who have invented their identities, who would emerge with more swag, if not swagger?

The winner: Tony Stark held off the strong debut of Jay Gatsby, as the rich got richer at the weekend box office.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. from "Iron Man 3." (Film Frame/AP)

“Iron Man 3” also grossed $89.3-million in foreign markets as it nears $950-million globally after three weeks — setting itself up to pass $1-billion worldwide by early this week.


Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Great Gatsby.” (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

* “Iron Man 3” is poised to exceed the global box-office takes of the first ”Iron Man” ($585.2M) and “Iron Man 2” ($623.9M) combined.

* Having starred in the second-biggest film ever, “Titanic” ($2.185-billion), DiCaprio still has the all-time bragging rights over Downey Jr.’s biggest film, last year’s “The Avengers” ($1.511-billion).

* “Gatsby” is DiCaprio’s second-biggest domestic opening ever, after “Inception”($62.8-million).

* “Gatsby” exceeded expectations to a large degree because it scored a 59-percent turnout among females, according to Variety.

* Relatively, “Gatsby’s” 3-D take was startingly low, accounting for only 33-percent of its haul.

* “Iron Man 3” had the fourth-biggest second weekend ever, trailing only two other superhero films — “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight” — and “Avatar,” according to

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Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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