It made 19.4 million yesterday which puts it on pace for at least 50 for the weekend. This is completely and utterly unprecedented for a 1920s book adaptation, it is ludicrously insane. I went to a screening at the smallest theater in town and it was packed with teenagers; there's still some chance it could do better than Iron Man 3 this weekend even.
The movie is okay, for the record I think the plot of the book is mediocre to weak at best so I might not be the best person to judge it; the overarching themes of the book that make it interesting aren't conveyed well in the film but the two lead male actors are both excellent (not meaning Tobey Maguire, what a useless piece of shit he is, granted this is the best useless piece of shit role ever considering the Carraway's role in the novel), and it is visually stunning. The Jay Z rap soundtrack actually works for the most part and is intentionally humorous. It's 30 minutes too long; this is a mediocre film but I could see most teenagers liking it a lot since it is essentially about vapid people, so there's no reason it couldn't hold up well over the next few weeks and make something like 175 million during its domestic run.
Short of Gone with the Wind potentially the most successful "classic" American novel adaptation, the move from late December to May appears to have been nothing short of brilliant; don't know how the fuck they advertised this so well but good on them; while the film could be better this is very encouraging for future film releases of the same ilk. The Catcher in the Rye is a fucking awesome book that could be made into a good, financially successful film; so here's to hoping.