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Weekend Box Office Report: October 18-20, 2013

Oct. 20, 2013by: Dave Davis

Gravity orbits a third time!

Distressed astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney fended off three new releases this weekend, keeping GRAVITY at the top for a third week in a row with another $31 million!

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron's project may have had a long and difficult journey to the launch pad, but it's certainly paying off -- in addition to another remarkable hold (28% drop from last week's business), GRAVITY has pulled in $238.5 million worldwide so far. Could it travel on top for a full month at the domestic box office?

In second place once again was the Tom Hanks fact-based thriller CAPTAIN PHILLIPS with $17.3 million, also a steady hold of 32% less than its opening last weekend. The big boarded boat drifted just ahead of CARRIE, in third with $17 million. Despite being the only major horror release of the month, the latest R-rated screen version of Stephen King's story didn't leave a strong impression with audiences, who gave it a chilly 'B-' CinemaScore. They're all gonna laugh at you!

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 came in fourth with $10.1 million, and should chomp into the $100 million mark next week. The sentient CG food sequel stayed just ahead of the new R-rated prison flick ESCAPE PLAN, opening in fifth with $9.8 million.

That's more than stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger generated in their last solo movies (Sly's BULLET IN THE HEAD opened with $4.5 million, while Arnie did slightly better with THE LAST STAND's $6.2 million). Even though ESCAPE PLAN got a 'B+' CinemaScore from paying crowds, things don't seem to look so good for creaky action veterans at the box office unless they're surrounded by other EXPENDABLES.

The numbers tumbled in the bottom half of the chart, particularly for the new drama THE FIFTH ESTATE, opening way down in eighth place with $1.7 million. The actual Wikileaks scandal attracted far more interest than the movie about it (even with "It Guy" Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange) -- THE FIFTH ESTATE's per-screen average was nearly equal to PRISONERS in its fifth week of release and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 in its sixth. Safe to say director Bill Condon made out better with his last movies, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN parts 1 and 2 (a combined $1.5 billion worldwide).

The James Gandolfini/Julia Louis-Dreyfus romcom ENOUGH SAID continues prairie-dogging off and on the chart, but the Robert Rodriguez grindhouse actioner MACHETE KILLS is already in the grave after just one week in the Top 10. Ron Howard's RUSH also spun off the track, along with DON JON and BAGGAGE CLAIM. In limited release, the much-buzzed slavery drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE opened with a solid $50k per-screen, while the Robert Redford thriller ALL IS LOST set sail with $16k per-screen and the Daniel Radcliffe Ginsberg biopic KILL YOUR DARLINGS started with $14k per-screen.

Next weekend brings director Ridley Scott and writer Cormac McCarthy's all-star thriller THE COUNSELOR, and Johnny Knoxville combines old age makeup with masochism for your entertainment in JACKASS PRESENTS BAD GRANDPA.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Gravity $31 M $170.5 M
2. Captain Phillips $17.3 M $53.3 M
3. Carrie $17 M
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4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $10.1 M $93.1 M
5. Escape Plan $9.8 M
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6. Prisoners $2 M $57.2 M
7. Enough Said $1.8 M $10.7 M
8. The Fifth Estate $1.7 M
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9. Runner Runner $1.6 M $17.5 M
10. Insidious: Chapter 2 $1.5 M $80.9 M

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1:55PM on 10/21/2013

While I did enjoy GRAVITY in 3D in theatres..

..All I can think as I watched in amazement was, "I'm so glad I came to the theatre to see this in eye popping 3D, because this film would totally suck on the small screen at my house". Take of that what you will.
..All I can think as I watched in amazement was, "I'm so glad I came to the theatre to see this in eye popping 3D, because this film would totally suck on the small screen at my house". Take of that what you will.
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11:27AM on 10/21/2013

Agree with X-Frog

I've posted on the last couple box office results, and I'll do so again here. I cannot come up with any reason why Gravity has done so well. Good effects are the only real thing this movie has going for it. Just because Bullock and Clooney are in a SciFi/space movie, doesn't mean it's the best space movie.
So aggravating that this has gotten the reception it has.
I've posted on the last couple box office results, and I'll do so again here. I cannot come up with any reason why Gravity has done so well. Good effects are the only real thing this movie has going for it. Just because Bullock and Clooney are in a SciFi/space movie, doesn't mean it's the best space movie.
So aggravating that this has gotten the reception it has.
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1:44PM on 10/21/2013
With all the shit that's popular these days, THIS film's success aggravates you?
With all the shit that's popular these days, THIS film's success aggravates you?
2:59PM on 10/21/2013
There are plenty of movies whose popularity aggravates me, but with most I discern some sort of appeal.
Iron Man 3 was terrible. However, I understand there is a mass appeal to any comic book adaptation.
Paranormal Activity 2-4, Saw 2-6, any other over done horror franchise appeal to those look for cheap thrills. No one is going to those movies expecting excellence.
Twilight and the like appeal to vampire crazed tweens.
Everything has an appeal, but this movie hardly has a plot, the
There are plenty of movies whose popularity aggravates me, but with most I discern some sort of appeal.
Iron Man 3 was terrible. However, I understand there is a mass appeal to any comic book adaptation.
Paranormal Activity 2-4, Saw 2-6, any other over done horror franchise appeal to those look for cheap thrills. No one is going to those movies expecting excellence.
Twilight and the like appeal to vampire crazed tweens.
Everything has an appeal, but this movie hardly has a plot, the acting is mediocre, and it relentlessly relies on the graphics. I'm not sure how anyone would have the desire to watch this at home unless you have an 80" TV
5:39AM on 10/21/2013

Glad to see Gravity doing so well!

Something that just occurred to me: it might be quite cool to have the reported production budget listed next to the weekend total. I know it'll involve more work in putting the list together every week, and I know these figures are sometimes mentioned in the breakdown, but I always find it interesting seeing how well or poorly a film is doing in relation to the cost involved in making it.
Something that just occurred to me: it might be quite cool to have the reported production budget listed next to the weekend total. I know it'll involve more work in putting the list together every week, and I know these figures are sometimes mentioned in the breakdown, but I always find it interesting seeing how well or poorly a film is doing in relation to the cost involved in making it.
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4:26AM on 10/21/2013
Good for Gravity. I assumed it wouldn't do very well, but it's surprising me, as are audiences. I still need to check it out again, but I think it's safe to say it will be in theaters for a while longer.
Good for Gravity. I assumed it wouldn't do very well, but it's surprising me, as are audiences. I still need to check it out again, but I think it's safe to say it will be in theaters for a while longer.
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4:23AM on 10/21/2013
Well I enjoyed The Fifth Estate, loved Captain Phillips; but, for me, Escape Plan was average at best. I was disappointed leaving the theater. It had a couple of good scenes, I though both Sly and Arnie gave very good performances but in all the film was mediocre. Pity.
Well I enjoyed The Fifth Estate, loved Captain Phillips; but, for me, Escape Plan was average at best. I was disappointed leaving the theater. It had a couple of good scenes, I though both Sly and Arnie gave very good performances but in all the film was mediocre. Pity.
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10:45PM on 10/20/2013
I caught the Escape Plan this weekend, since 12 Years a Slave wasn't playing near me. It was what I expected, a decent action movie with a couple twists. It was much better than Bullet to the Head, but on par with The Last Stand. I know Sly and Arnold probably won't have the same mass appeal they had in the 80's and 90's, but I still enjoy seeing them in movies.
I caught the Escape Plan this weekend, since 12 Years a Slave wasn't playing near me. It was what I expected, a decent action movie with a couple twists. It was much better than Bullet to the Head, but on par with The Last Stand. I know Sly and Arnold probably won't have the same mass appeal they had in the 80's and 90's, but I still enjoy seeing them in movies.
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9:42PM on 10/20/2013
Looks like Gravity is this years Avatar. Pretty visuals overcompensating for unoriginality and a simpleton story. Seems like that is all the audience wants these days. "Dur, give me 3D, what be story? Me no understand complexity"
Looks like Gravity is this years Avatar. Pretty visuals overcompensating for unoriginality and a simpleton story. Seems like that is all the audience wants these days. "Dur, give me 3D, what be story? Me no understand complexity"
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12:04AM on 10/21/2013
Clearly you didn't see Gravity. A brilliant film consisting of rich metaphors and symbolism, a deep, moving story using the universe as the backdrop is hardly superficial eye candy.
Clearly you didn't see Gravity. A brilliant film consisting of rich metaphors and symbolism, a deep, moving story using the universe as the backdrop is hardly superficial eye candy.
12:29AM on 10/21/2013
yeah
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4:25AM on 10/21/2013
Right, YOU don't like a film, so blame it's success on lack of intelligence from the audience. Apparently you have 0 idea why it's so popular. Seems to me that you, rather than audiences, are the one who don't get it.
Right, YOU don't like a film, so blame it's success on lack of intelligence from the audience. Apparently you have 0 idea why it's so popular. Seems to me that you, rather than audiences, are the one who don't get it.
6:42AM on 10/21/2013
"Pretty visuals overcompensating for unoriginality". Please name other 3 movies featuring Kessler syndrome.
"Pretty visuals overcompensating for unoriginality". Please name other 3 movies featuring Kessler syndrome.
9:38PM on 10/20/2013

I think we have the new Titanic here.

Yep
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8:42PM on 10/20/2013

Uh oh....

I guess it's just a matter of time until Hollywood announces Gravity 2..... and I feel so bad for the screenwriter who is going to try to break that story.....
I guess it's just a matter of time until Hollywood announces Gravity 2..... and I feel so bad for the screenwriter who is going to try to break that story.....
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8:33PM on 10/20/2013
Terrific that Gravity is clinging to the top spot for the third week in a row. It's really heartening that audiences are supporting films like this and Captain Phillips. I'm catching Enough Said tomorrow, that looks good. RIP Gandolfini!
Terrific that Gravity is clinging to the top spot for the third week in a row. It's really heartening that audiences are supporting films like this and Captain Phillips. I'm catching Enough Said tomorrow, that looks good. RIP Gandolfini!
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7:26PM on 10/20/2013
I just saw Machete Kills and though I know it wont make much in the box office, it will probably do amazingly well on dvd. The top 10 doesn't really surprise me. Carrie looked nice on paper but the end result is just another movie that will end up on chiller or the scifi channel.
I just saw Machete Kills and though I know it wont make much in the box office, it will probably do amazingly well on dvd. The top 10 doesn't really surprise me. Carrie looked nice on paper but the end result is just another movie that will end up on chiller or the scifi channel.
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7:25PM on 10/20/2013
Nice to see an original film doing so well.
Nice to see an original film doing so well.
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7:18PM on 10/20/2013
Will Gravity be able to maintain it's orbit at the top of the box office next week or will it burn up in the atmosphere of new releases?
Will Gravity be able to maintain it's orbit at the top of the box office next week or will it burn up in the atmosphere of new releases?
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6:56PM on 10/20/2013
They're all going to laugh at you, Carrie...
They're all going to laugh at you, Carrie...
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5:20PM on 10/20/2013
Glad to see Captain Phillips up there still! LOVE THAT FILM!!!!!!!
Glad to see Captain Phillips up there still! LOVE THAT FILM!!!!!!!
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4:49PM on 10/20/2013
so bummed that The Fifth Estate did basically nothing this weekend but happy I did see it in theatre and choose this over those two stupid Breaking Dawn films ;) (I say that cuz I've seeing nothing by the director)
so bummed that The Fifth Estate did basically nothing this weekend but happy I did see it in theatre and choose this over those two stupid Breaking Dawn films ;) (I say that cuz I've seeing nothing by the director)
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4:16PM on 10/20/2013
Thrilled for GRAVITY. Finally something worthy makes the top spot.
Thrilled for GRAVITY. Finally something worthy makes the top spot.
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2:58PM on 10/20/2013
I feel that Gravity is overhyped.Visuals are gorgeous.movie is interesting until George clooney is onscreen.but definitely worth watching in 3D
I feel that Gravity is overhyped.Visuals are gorgeous.movie is interesting until George clooney is onscreen.but definitely worth watching in 3D
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2:23PM on 10/20/2013
And also can't wait to see 12 Years A Slave. That film looks all shades of brilliant and powerful.
And also can't wait to see 12 Years A Slave. That film looks all shades of brilliant and powerful.
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2:20PM on 10/20/2013

Good For Gravity!

It's a really good film with some of the best visuals I have ever seen and Bullock really gives the performance of her career in this film. Really excited to see what Cuaron does next after Children of Men and Gravity.

Really surprised that The Fifth Estate didn't do better. I thought it would have at least have made more money than it actually did this weekend.

Still trying to go see Rush and am VERY MUCH anticipating seeing The Counselor this weekend. It looks great and the
It's a really good film with some of the best visuals I have ever seen and Bullock really gives the performance of her career in this film. Really excited to see what Cuaron does next after Children of Men and Gravity.

Really surprised that The Fifth Estate didn't do better. I thought it would have at least have made more money than it actually did this weekend.

Still trying to go see Rush and am VERY MUCH anticipating seeing The Counselor this weekend. It looks great and the commercials have done a great job of selling it. And if The Counselor doesn't knock off Gravity as the top film next week, then Thor: The Dark World will easily take the top spot next.
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