Audiences were not attuned to some of the bad buzz like Hollywood executives
"The Great Gatsby" had all the makings of a flop. Warner Bros. delayed the movie's release because it wanted to reshoot certain scenes. Its new date landed the film between "Iron Man 3" and "Star Trek Into Darkness," two movies that were hits before the cameras started rolling.
Yet those are all reasons Hollywood didn't think it would work. Audiences showed up in droves, and still are.