After two consecutive weeks, "Iron Man 3" no longer rules the North American box office as strong newcomer "Star Trek Into Darkness" dethrones the Robert Downey Jr. starrer. The latest film from J.J. Abrams acquires the top spot with $70.6 million, slightly below its predecessor "Star Trek", which opened to $75.2 million in April 2009.
"It appears that four years of anticipation and help from 3-D ticket prices isn't really giving 'Into Darkness' much of a boost," Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo comments. "[The opening] would normally be cause for panic, though it's possible that most audiences just weren't aware that the movie was opening on Thursday [sudden change by Paramount Studios]."
"IM3" continues to draw crowds by taking in $35.2 million in weekend ticket sales. Following in the third place is last week's runner-up "The Great Gatsby", a Jazz Age drama from director Baz Luhrmann which grabs $23.4 million its second week.
Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain", which stars Mark Wahlberg, falls to No. 4 right in its fourth run by earning $3.1 million. Nicolas Cage's animated feature The Croods, meanwhile, lands in the fifth place at the box office with $2.8 million.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for May 17 - 19: