Baz Luhrmann's boisterous and opulent "The Great Gatsby" has overcome some withering reviews to emerge as an unlikely box office hit.
Warner Bros. announced Friday that the Roaring '20s love story has crossed the $100 million mark domestically after 14 days of release. "The Great Gatsby" is the first of the Aussie director's films to reach that milestone stateside. Luhrmann's previous highest grossing domestic release, "Moulin Rouge!," netted $57.4 million when it debuted in 2001.
It is the eighth film headlined by Leonardo DiCaprio to surpass $100 million in the United States.
The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel has managed to find a foothold in a summer movie season dominated by costumed crime fighters and special effects fueled extravaganzas. In addition, the film has performed well overseas, taking in $64.4 million internationally, according to the studio.
"The Great Gatsby" was expensive to produce, however. Staging all those champagne drenched parties in 3D resulted in an $105 million production budget.
With a worldwide box office now totaling $165.1 million and counting, "The Great Gatsby" seems likely to topple "Australia" as the highest grossing film in Luhrmann's corpus. That 2008 romance earned $211.4 million during its run. Oh, and the critics hated that one too.
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