Gravity Stays on Top for Second Week
Warner Bros.’ Gravity easily held onto the top box office space last weekend (Oct. 11-13). Dropping 23 percent from its record opening weekend, the Oscar shoo-in took in $43.2 million, bringing its total to a stunning $122.3 million in 10 days. Buoyed by some of the best reviews of any film this year, the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney space thriller has become the must-see movie of the season. Gravity’s second weekend gross was the third highest of the year, behind only Iron Man 3 and Monsters University, both of which were released during the lucrative summer season. Look for Gravity to end its run with at least $225 million and possibly more as the awards start to roll in.
Tom Hanks’ Captain Phillips opened in second with $25.7 million. The Sony drama was directed by Paul Greengrass and is based on the true story of Somali pirates that hijacked an American container ship. Third place went to the sole family film in the top 10, Sony’s animated sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which took in another $13.8 million bringing its total to $77.6 million. With no family fare on the menu until Nov. 1 when Free Birds opens, Cloudy 2 is still in position to match the final gross of the original.
No other film managed to gross even $4 million so the rest of the top 10 was very close. Machete Kills, the Robert Rodriguez violent revenge thriller, placed fourth with a disappointing $3.8 million. Dropping 51 percent from its opening was the Justin Timberlake/Ben Affleck gambling drama Runner Runner, which took in $3.8 million last weekend bringing its total to $14.2 million. Warner Bros.’ other star-laden fall drama Prisoners fell 37 percent to sixth place with $3.6 million, bringing its total to $53.6 million. Horror breakout Insidious Chapter 2 continued its strong run falling 30 percent to $2.7 million bringing its total to $78.5 million. Universal Pictures’ former Oscar hopeful Rush continued its disappointing run falling 47 percent to $2.4 million bringing its total to only $22.2 million.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|3||2||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||$13.8M||$77.6M||3|
|7||8||Insidious Chapter 2||$2.7M||$28.5M||5|
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