Gravity sets record with debut

2013-10-08 16:10
Los Angeles - The new space thriller Gravity is setting new boundaries after making $55.8m in its debut weekend, an October record.

The film, directed by Oscar-nominated Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - both Oscar winners - as astronauts adrift in space after a devastating accident, has already been winning rave reviews and Oscars buzz.

The debut was the biggest ever for a film released in October, traditionally a slow month for the box office, beating the $52m scared up by Paranormal 3 in 2011, according to the IMDb movie industry website.

Second to fifth place

It also blew away the second place finisher, animated sequel Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, which took in $21m in its second week in theaters, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Another new release opened in the third slot: crime drama Runner Runner, starring Justin Timberlake as a Princeton grad student who travels to Costa Rica to confront a tycoon, played by Ben Affleck, he believes has taken him for a ride on an online poker site. The film earned $7.7m.

Crime thriller Prisoners fell to fourth place. The film, starring Hugh Jackman as a desperate parent in search of his child and Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective in charge of the investigation, pulled in $5.7m.

In fifth place was Formula One motorsport drama Rush, Ron Howard's acclaimed account of the famous duel for the 1976 world championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, earning $4.5m.

The remaining contenders

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's raunchy comedy-drama Don Jon, written and directed by The Dark Knight Rises actor, took sixth with $4.2m in receipts.

The film sees Gordon-Levitt play a porn addict who seeks to change his ways in order to win the woman of his dreams played by Scarlett Johansson.

Not far behind, in seventh place, was Baggage Claim, a romantic comedy about a lovelorn flight attendant who traverses America looking for Mr Right. The film took in $4.1m.

Horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 slid to eighth place with $3.9 million. The film, starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson as a haunted husband and wife, is a follow-up to the successful 2010 horror flick Insidious.

In ninth spot was romantic comedy Pulling Strings, which stars Laura Ramsay as a US consular official in Mexico who finds herself mixed up with a mariachi singer, played by Jaime Camil, whose visa she rejected the day before.

The film directed by Pedro Pablo Ibarra debuted in the US and Canada with $2.5m in ticket sales.

And, rounding out the top 10, another romantic comedy, Enough Said, starring James Gandolfini in one of his last roles before his death this year, earned $2.2m.

Read more on:    george clooney  |  sandra bullock  |  movies  |  gravity publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.