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Weekend Box Office Report: October 11-13, 2013

10.13.2013

Gravity holds highest orbit!

Audiences are finding it difficult to resist the forces of GRAVITY, launching the space thriller to #1 again with another $44.2 million!

Talk about strong word-of-mouth business -- director Alfonso Cuaron's 3D zero-G film dropped a mere 20% from its opening weekend, setting a record for best second-weekend hold (excluding holiday periods), not to mention the highest IMAX second weekend. GRAVITY has already banked $123.4 million domestically after ten days, with repeat customers also keeping the awards-buzzed astronaut adversity up on top of the chart.

Speaking of awards, Sandra Bullock may have some company whenever nominations are announced, judging by the response to Tom Hanks' performance in CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. The new real-life pirate thriller from filmmaker Paul Greengrass opened in second with $26 million, but earned a rare 'A' CinemaScore from audiences (higher than GRAVITY's 'A-') and raves from critics (95% on Rotten Tomatoes), which should also keep it adrift thanks to word-of-mouth.

Coming in third and still hungry was CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 with $14.2 million over its third weekend of release. With no family-friendly competition coming until November, the food-filled CG-sequel appears likely to meet or exceed the first movie's $124.8 million domestic total.

In fourth place, Robert Rodriguez's new R-rated action sequel MACHETE KILLS got murdered with just $3.7 million. Despite a top-notch supporting cast, the exaggerated grindhouse-style carnage was a Mexican't with both crowds ('B-' CinemaScore) and critics (30% on Rotten Tomatoes).

The bloodbath's budget was kept reasonable (around $20M) thanks to Rodriguez's well-known efficiency, but the first MACHETE started with $11.4 million when it sliced into theaters back in 2010. MACHETE KILLS is also the lowest opening ever for the filmmaker, even behind SHORTS. Maybe Danny Trejo won't be venturing into space after all...

Things were just as grim for the rest of the chart, including RUNNER RUNNER and PRISONERS. INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 moved up a slot as the only spook-season option in theaters, Ron Howard's RUSH was neck-and-neck with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's DON JON, and the romcom BAGGAGE CLAIM is just about to check out of the Top 10.

Outside the chart, PULLING STRINGS and ENOUGH SAID couldn't make the cut, and new limited releases felt the sting -- the latest version of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET got poisoned with only $509k on 461 screens, the drama THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE made $260 on 147 screens, and the festival fave ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW had just a $2,200 per-screen average (it's also available on VOD).

Next weekend brings the month's only big horror release as Chloe Moretz gets bloody for the remake of CARRIE, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger try to get out of prison in ESCAPE PLAN, and Benedict Cumberbatch gives away all the secrets in the Wikileaks movie THE FIFTH ESTATE. Limited releases include the slavery drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the Robert Redford solo sailing thriller ALL IS LOST, and the Allen Ginsberg biopic KILL YOUR DARLINGS.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Gravity $44.2 M $123.4 M
2. Captain Phillips $26 M
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3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $14.2 M $78 M
4. Machete Kills $3.7 M
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5. Runner Runner $3.7 M $14.1 M
6. Prisoners $3.6 M $53.6 M
7. Insidious: Chapter 2 $2.6 M $78.4 M
8. Rush $2.3 M $22.2 M
9. Don Jon $2.3 M $20.1 M
10. Baggage Claim $2 M $18.2 M

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11:10AM on 10/15/2013
I still don't get it.
I saw Gravity opening night in IMAX 3D and while the visuals were fun the movie was awful. There are plenty of movies that do well that I don't enjoy, but typically I'm able to understand why they do so well (i.e. most comic book movies). However, I struggle terribly to figure out why this movie is getting such rave reviews. The acting wasn't spectacular by any means and the plot (if you can even call it a plot) was litter with problems.
I still don't get it.
I saw Gravity opening night in IMAX 3D and while the visuals were fun the movie was awful. There are plenty of movies that do well that I don't enjoy, but typically I'm able to understand why they do so well (i.e. most comic book movies). However, I struggle terribly to figure out why this movie is getting such rave reviews. The acting wasn't spectacular by any means and the plot (if you can even call it a plot) was litter with problems.
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10:03PM on 10/13/2013

What a great time for film lovers

Gravity was amazing and I just came back from "Captain Phillips" and was floored with Hanks' performance. Are American audiences finally smarting up?
Gravity was amazing and I just came back from "Captain Phillips" and was floored with Hanks' performance. Are American audiences finally smarting up?
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9:53PM on 10/13/2013

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23 Million for Captain Philips is about right. Tom Hanks isn't really a draw for movies anymore. I'm surprised it even got that. It probably made out from the AMERICUH crowd. RR really sold out Machete. It wasn't as fun as the first.
23 Million for Captain Philips is about right. Tom Hanks isn't really a draw for movies anymore. I'm surprised it even got that. It probably made out from the AMERICUH crowd. RR really sold out Machete. It wasn't as fun as the first.
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8:55PM on 10/13/2013
Gravity is a brilliant film, and I'm glad people are going to see it and that all of the hard work and many years Cuaron and crew invested into this are paying off. I think one of the criticisms being levelled against the film is that it exists solely to show off the technology. And while the technology on display is astounding, I don't think that's quite fair really. It's a survival film in space, and I think the characters are fleshed out just enough for us to go along for the ride. Any more
Gravity is a brilliant film, and I'm glad people are going to see it and that all of the hard work and many years Cuaron and crew invested into this are paying off. I think one of the criticisms being levelled against the film is that it exists solely to show off the technology. And while the technology on display is astounding, I don't think that's quite fair really. It's a survival film in space, and I think the characters are fleshed out just enough for us to go along for the ride. Any more and it would've been like pressing pause.
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10:05AM on 10/14/2013
About Gravity and the technology... the friend I saw it with and I agreed that the best shot (out of a cornucopia of fantastic shots and effects) was the very last one. It was definitely the most low-tech shot of the entire film, the most organic, and it really cemented the arc of that character. It was a brave shot to end on, givien all that had come before, and to me shows the deep humanity that is at the core of the film.
About Gravity and the technology... the friend I saw it with and I agreed that the best shot (out of a cornucopia of fantastic shots and effects) was the very last one. It was definitely the most low-tech shot of the entire film, the most organic, and it really cemented the arc of that character. It was a brave shot to end on, givien all that had come before, and to me shows the deep humanity that is at the core of the film.
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7:47PM on 10/13/2013
Great news. Gravity is amazing, as is Captain Phillips. I am somewhat surprised people are going out to Gravity, considering it's something that doesn't really have general audience appeal, but I guess audiences can surprise too. Not surprised with Machete. The first one was always a niche kind of film it didn't do all that well. This one got terrible reviews as well, so it's not surprising people weren't interested. That said, I still plan to see it.
Great news. Gravity is amazing, as is Captain Phillips. I am somewhat surprised people are going out to Gravity, considering it's something that doesn't really have general audience appeal, but I guess audiences can surprise too. Not surprised with Machete. The first one was always a niche kind of film it didn't do all that well. This one got terrible reviews as well, so it's not surprising people weren't interested. That said, I still plan to see it.
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7:28PM on 10/13/2013
I'll admit when I'm wrong, and I was wrong. I knew Gravity would be a great movie with Cuaron behind the camera, but I thought it would struggle to find an audience because of the subject. But hey, I'm happy to be proven wrong if it means audiences are supporting a great film.
I saw Rush this week, and it was a great film with powerful performances by the 2 leads. One of Howard's best films in recent years. I know there will be a much of other great films released later this year, but I
I'll admit when I'm wrong, and I was wrong. I knew Gravity would be a great movie with Cuaron behind the camera, but I thought it would struggle to find an audience because of the subject. But hey, I'm happy to be proven wrong if it means audiences are supporting a great film.
I saw Rush this week, and it was a great film with powerful performances by the 2 leads. One of Howard's best films in recent years. I know there will be a much of other great films released later this year, but I wouldn't mind seeing Rush grab a few award nominations at the end of the year.
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3:19AM on 10/14/2013
I had the same feeling about Gravity and, just like you, I'm VERY happy to be proven wrong !
Especially after all the great movies that bombed in the last few years...
I had the same feeling about Gravity and, just like you, I'm VERY happy to be proven wrong !
Especially after all the great movies that bombed in the last few years...
7:23PM on 10/13/2013
Why does this site keep posting the 'CinemaScore'? CinemaScore is complete bullshit, and is not a reflection of quality or what the audience thought. Films like Smurfs 2 and Mr. Popper's Penguins all got A-. In fact most films get an A- or an A from CinemaScore. Very rare anything gets below a B. The entire CinemaScore system is terrible, outdated, and means nothing.
Why does this site keep posting the 'CinemaScore'? CinemaScore is complete bullshit, and is not a reflection of quality or what the audience thought. Films like Smurfs 2 and Mr. Popper's Penguins all got A-. In fact most films get an A- or an A from CinemaScore. Very rare anything gets below a B. The entire CinemaScore system is terrible, outdated, and means nothing.
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7:32PM on 10/13/2013
I made a similar post a few months ago, b/c I remember this site use to only use the RT rating. The writer gave a well reasoned response, and he kept the CinemaScore, but also added back the RT score. It's true the CinemaScore is not the most reliable source of film quality, but I think adding the RT score in the article gives the reader a more complete idea of the "general consensus" on a film in terms of both critics and regular folks.
I made a similar post a few months ago, b/c I remember this site use to only use the RT rating. The writer gave a well reasoned response, and he kept the CinemaScore, but also added back the RT score. It's true the CinemaScore is not the most reliable source of film quality, but I think adding the RT score in the article gives the reader a more complete idea of the "general consensus" on a film in terms of both critics and regular folks.
8:48PM on 10/13/2013
The CinemaScore system is kind of like an exit poll. I guess most moviegoers will need to think a while about a film before being able to give it a reliable rating.
The CinemaScore system is kind of like an exit poll. I guess most moviegoers will need to think a while about a film before being able to give it a reliable rating.
9:00PM on 10/13/2013
The problem with these exit polls is that people are rarely honest. These people are put on the spot, and feel the need to be nice & not offend anyone. That is why almost all movies have 'A' & 'B' ratings. Cinemascores vs what people actually thought is rarely the same thing.

Cinemascore also does movie trailers. When I was 17, I was approached in the mall to watch some movie trailers. I was asked questions and filled out the little pamphlet. I gave good ratings to everything because I had
The problem with these exit polls is that people are rarely honest. These people are put on the spot, and feel the need to be nice & not offend anyone. That is why almost all movies have 'A' & 'B' ratings. Cinemascores vs what people actually thought is rarely the same thing.

Cinemascore also does movie trailers. When I was 17, I was approached in the mall to watch some movie trailers. I was asked questions and filled out the little pamphlet. I gave good ratings to everything because I had several people hovering over me and it made me feel very uncomfortable rating these trailers honestly.
9:24PM on 10/13/2013
What you've said about audience members feeling they've been put on the spot is very true. That method certainly sounds like it won't producer credible results.
What you've said about audience members feeling they've been put on the spot is very true. That method certainly sounds like it won't producer credible results.
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6:39PM on 10/13/2013

Loved Gravity

Gravity has become my favorite movie of the year so far. Some of the bigger movies didnt live up to the expectations that I had for them (Ironman3, Man of Steel, Star Trek, Pacific Rim, etc). This film deserves awards. Great film making.
Gravity has become my favorite movie of the year so far. Some of the bigger movies didnt live up to the expectations that I had for them (Ironman3, Man of Steel, Star Trek, Pacific Rim, etc). This film deserves awards. Great film making.
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5:34PM on 10/13/2013
I'm actually really glad Machete Kills did so poorly. Hopefully this will be a wake-up call for Rodriguez.
I'm actually really glad Machete Kills did so poorly. Hopefully this will be a wake-up call for Rodriguez.
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4:45PM on 10/13/2013
Great to see both "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" doing well! It just goes to show if you bust your ass and make great cinema, people will come!
Great to see both "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" doing well! It just goes to show if you bust your ass and make great cinema, people will come!
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3:25PM on 10/13/2013
A 20% drop!! How shit! That's James Cameron territory! Awesome to see this film is connecting as strongly with audiences as it did with critics. Cuaron deserves it, especially since his brilliant Children of Men didn't have box office success.
A 20% drop!! How shit! That's James Cameron territory! Awesome to see this film is connecting as strongly with audiences as it did with critics. Cuaron deserves it, especially since his brilliant Children of Men didn't have box office success.
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