Not only is Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ film adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY the number one film at the Australian Box Office …. IT IS ALSO THE BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND FOR AN AUSTRALIAN FILM EVER.
THE GREAT GATSBY has grossed an amazing $6,789,193 on 587 screens (includes 2D & 3D) nationwide from Thursday to Sunday.
Director Baz Luhrmann commented, “It makes CM and I so happy that after so much dedication and hard work from all the Australian cast and crew, that the Australian audience has embraced this interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, a film that was entirely created in our wonderful country.”
Village Roadshow Limited, Group Managing Director Graham Burke added, “We are thrilled to take the prize as the biggest grossing opening of all time for any Australian film in the history of the industry. Additionally, the wonderful thing is that so many people say they want to see the film for a second time and already this is happening”.
Legendary US columnist Ben Stein reported he had seen The Great Gatsby in 3D three times. “I will see it until it stops playing”, said Stein.
Other reactions from media are noted below –
“Defying Naysayers, ‘Gatsby’ Proves a Box-Office Winner” – Brooks Barnes, NY Times
“Every frame of this film is a masterpiece” – Richard Wilkins, Today Show
“It’s Brilliant…” – Charles Miranda, news.com.au
“The Great Gatsby is a masterpiece…” – Peter Craven, Weekend Australian
“Don’t believe the Naysayers; Baz Luhrman’s adaption of The Great Gatsby is a fine piece of cinema …” – Daniel Fallon, Sydney Morning Herald
“Luhrmann’s Gatsby is truly great … vastly beautiful, entertaining, intelligent, surprising … See it” – Giles Hardie – Sydney Morning Herald
5/5 stars – James Sherlock, 3AW
From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “THE GREAT GATSBY”. The filmmaker created his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.
“THE GREAT GATSBY” follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio (“Django Unchained,” “Aviator”) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.
Oscar® nominee Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”) directs the film in 3D from a screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s novel. Luhrmann produces, along with Catherine Martin, Academy Award® winner Douglas Wick (“Gladiator”), Lucy Fisher and Catherine Knapman. The executive producers are Academy Award® winner Barrie M. Osborne (“Lord of the Rings – Return of the King”), JAY Z, and Bruce Berman.
Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, executive producer of the film, executive producers soundtrack for
“THE GREAT GATSBY” featuring original new music from Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé x André 3000, Florence + The Machine, will.i.am, The xx, Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock, and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, among others, on Interscope Records’ worldwide release.
“THE GREAT GATSBY” is now in cinemas