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Weekend Box Office Report: October 4-6, 2013

10.06.2013

Gravity blasts through the stratosphere!

Space was the place to be this weekend, thrusting the 3D sci-fi thriller GRAVITY to the top of the box office with a $55.5 million opening!

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron's highly anticipated astronaut calamity broke the record for biggest October weekend, rocketing past PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3's $52.5 million opening in 2011 thanks to premium 3D and IMAX pricing. It's also a career high opening for both stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, who adds a second success this year after her cop comedy THE HEAT reached $225 million worldwide.

Cuaron's dizzying scenario is already causing awards buzz as it simultaneously has critics gobsmacked -- the movie currently holds a stunning 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. After the breathtaking zero-G intensity, crowds also definitely seemed to appreciate hanging (or drifting) with Sandra and George, giving GRAVITY an 'A-' CinemaScore. Which is good news... because another award-winning audience fave is floating into theaters next weekend when Tom Hanks' CAPTAIN PHILLIPS arrives.

Audiences were still hungry for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, which came in second place with $21.5 million (a drop of just 37% from its opening) as it swallows a ten-day total of $60.5 million.

But stalled on the launch pad in GRAVITY's wake was the Ben Affleck/Justin Timberlake gambling thriller RUNNER RUNNER. The new release opened in third with just $7.6 million, demonstrating that a pop superstar paired with an Oscar-winning future Batman doesn't necessarily equal box office gold (although a 'C' CinemaScore and dreadful 8% on Rotten Tomatoes probably didn't help).

Still coasting on word-of-mouth business was the kidnapping drama PRISONERS in fourth with another $5.7 million, while Ron Howard's racing biopic RUSH skidded into fifth with another $4.4 million (it's made an additional $30 million overseas, where Formula 1 is more popular).

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's relationship comedy DON JON still has swag in sixth with an additional $4.1 million, and a $16 million total for the actor's feature directing debut (on a reported $6 million budget), while BAGGAGE CLAIM and INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 slide along behind in JGL's hair slick. 

In ninth place, Lionsgate found more surprise succes with a Mexican star as the romcom PULLING STRINGS pulled in $2.5 million in less than 400 locations (for the second-biggest per-screen average in the Top 10). Their other recend hit Mexican import INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED dropped off the chart this week, but not before becoming the highest-grossing Spanish-language domestic release. Adding another couple hundred screens to enter the list was the acclaimed comedy ENOUGH SAID with $2.1 million, finally nudging aside WE'RE THE MILLERS and LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER along with Luc Besson's THE FAMILY.

Next weekend, Tom Hanks sets sail in director Paul Greengrass' fact-based thriller CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Robert Rodriguez delivers more over-the-top grindhouse-style action in MACHETE KILLS, and we get the latest screen version of Shakespeare's tragedy ROMEO AND JULIET.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Gravity $55.5 M
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2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $21.5 M $60.5 M
3. Runner Runner $7.6 M
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4. Prisoners $5.7 M $47.8 M
5. Rush $4.4 M $18 M
6. Don Jon $4.1 M $16 M
7. Baggage Claim $4.1 M $15.1 M
8. Insidious: Chapter 2 $3.8 M $74.7 M
9. Pulling Strings $2.5 M
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10. Enough Said $2.1 M $5.3 M

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2:30AM on 10/07/2013

THANK YOU MOVIE GODS

For making Grivity not only the number one movie at the box office but the new October title holder for biggest opening weekend. You heard my prayers and you answered, thank you Movie Gods.
For making Grivity not only the number one movie at the box office but the new October title holder for biggest opening weekend. You heard my prayers and you answered, thank you Movie Gods.
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11:59PM on 10/06/2013
Glad people went to go see that movie. It's an incredible experience and deserves to be seen by a lot of people. Very much one of the best films of the year.
Glad people went to go see that movie. It's an incredible experience and deserves to be seen by a lot of people. Very much one of the best films of the year.
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10:28PM on 10/06/2013
I'm glad audiences are going to see this and that Cuaron is vindicated after spending so much time and effort bringing this to the big screen. This could've been a case of people deciding "it's just Sandra Bullock and George Clooney floating through space for 90 minutes," shrugging and walking away - glad that wasn't so. It's got a really straightforward story, yes, but I don't that changes the fact that it really is a masterpiece.
I'm glad audiences are going to see this and that Cuaron is vindicated after spending so much time and effort bringing this to the big screen. This could've been a case of people deciding "it's just Sandra Bullock and George Clooney floating through space for 90 minutes," shrugging and walking away - glad that wasn't so. It's got a really straightforward story, yes, but I don't that changes the fact that it really is a masterpiece.
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9:15PM on 10/06/2013

I have mixed feelings...

I'm glad that Gravity is Clooney's biggest opening ever, but am slightly disturbed that Batman and Robin is his second...
I'm glad that Gravity is Clooney's biggest opening ever, but am slightly disturbed that Batman and Robin is his second...
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7:00PM on 10/06/2013
For anyone on the fence about seeing Gravity, I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen (IMAX and 3D are good, and I normally avoid 3D).
About Runner Runner, was this movie on the shelf for a while? I can't imagine why Affleck would sign up for a film like this based on his quality choices recently. I saw the preview and said to myself "I though Affleck's Raindeer Games days were behind him.
For anyone on the fence about seeing Gravity, I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen (IMAX and 3D are good, and I normally avoid 3D).
About Runner Runner, was this movie on the shelf for a while? I can't imagine why Affleck would sign up for a film like this based on his quality choices recently. I saw the preview and said to myself "I though Affleck's Raindeer Games days were behind him.
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6:19PM on 10/06/2013
If it wasn't for Gravity , I would have seen Don Jon this weekend, which I still plan to see. I think Don Jon still has legs. Slowly but surely it will make decent box-office.
If it wasn't for Gravity , I would have seen Don Jon this weekend, which I still plan to see. I think Don Jon still has legs. Slowly but surely it will make decent box-office.
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12:01AM on 10/07/2013
It's very much an indie film. If it weren't for the big names attached, it would likely end up doing indie film business. But it is a great film and very unexpected. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
It's very much an indie film. If it weren't for the big names attached, it would likely end up doing indie film business. But it is a great film and very unexpected. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
5:41PM on 10/06/2013

Rush, Gravity and Captain Phillips are your best bets for great movies right now!

Caught Gravity in Imax 3D and really enjoyed it. Mindblowing fx that really hold up to scrutiny and a nail biting pace. Love Cuaron! Went from that to the sneak peak of Captain Phillips which was awesome as well! Highly recommended. Was on that cinematic high only to be soiled by the likes of Runner Runner...oy vey! Terrible and boring. I forgive you Bat-fleck. I don't forgive you Timberlake. Rush is also a great film firing on all cylinders that deserves more attention than its getting. Damn
Caught Gravity in Imax 3D and really enjoyed it. Mindblowing fx that really hold up to scrutiny and a nail biting pace. Love Cuaron! Went from that to the sneak peak of Captain Phillips which was awesome as well! Highly recommended. Was on that cinematic high only to be soiled by the likes of Runner Runner...oy vey! Terrible and boring. I forgive you Bat-fleck. I don't forgive you Timberlake. Rush is also a great film firing on all cylinders that deserves more attention than its getting. Damn the studio for the crappy release date.
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5:29PM on 10/06/2013
Very pleasantly surprised with Gravity's performance. Thought this movie would only have niche appeal, and the basic plot-line would be a tough sell (as some of my co-workers would put it "Who would want to watch one person be floating around space?"). Apparently not! Gravity was stunning and intense, and is one of the best survival flicks in a while.
Very pleasantly surprised with Gravity's performance. Thought this movie would only have niche appeal, and the basic plot-line would be a tough sell (as some of my co-workers would put it "Who would want to watch one person be floating around space?"). Apparently not! Gravity was stunning and intense, and is one of the best survival flicks in a while.
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5:00PM on 10/06/2013

Very happy Gravity finished first

I saw both "Runner, Runner" and "Gravity this weekend. The former was an absolute piece of shit movie that was not only poorly made but had no suspense and danger. Since Affleck has been kicking ass over the last six years let's just forget it ever happened. Rumors of Timberlake being a puppet and basically doing whatever the director tells him to were further proven. He was absolutely terrible in "Runner, Runner". He was stiff, boring, and didn't have any of the confidence that he gave
I saw both "Runner, Runner" and "Gravity this weekend. The former was an absolute piece of shit movie that was not only poorly made but had no suspense and danger. Since Affleck has been kicking ass over the last six years let's just forget it ever happened. Rumors of Timberlake being a puppet and basically doing whatever the director tells him to were further proven. He was absolutely terrible in "Runner, Runner". He was stiff, boring, and didn't have any of the confidence that he gave Sean Parker. It shows how great of a director Fincher is and how no body should be worried about Affleck being Nick in "Gone Girl". If Fincher can make Timberlake look good than he should have no problem with Affleck.
"Gravity" was an absolute amazing experience. It is what movie geeks crave. With Rush and now this film the year 2013 is going to go out with a bang because it started so poorly. Cauron better not take another six years to make another damn movie. I was willing to forgive the lack of power the emotional story had because everything else was ace. It is a masterpiece of film making. I don't think that it will win best picture but I think we will have for the second year in a row a different winners for best director and picture. There is no way in hell anything is going to top what I experienced for 90 minutes in space with Bullock. It was just so flawless.
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5:33PM on 10/06/2013
I concur with your assessments. Saw Gravity and Captain Phillips, was on a cinematic high only to be soiled by Runner Runner.
I concur with your assessments. Saw Gravity and Captain Phillips, was on a cinematic high only to be soiled by Runner Runner.
4:28PM on 10/06/2013
There is hope for mankind everyone, GRAVITY is getting the box office it deserves.
There is hope for mankind everyone, GRAVITY is getting the box office it deserves.
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3:17PM on 10/06/2013
Saw an IMAX screening of Metallica Through the Never, superb, really enjoyed it.
And Filth, very good, extreme though.
Saw an IMAX screening of Metallica Through the Never, superb, really enjoyed it.
And Filth, very good, extreme though.
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2:52PM on 10/06/2013
Watched Gravity Thursday night & Captain Phillips Saturday night. Both really good films. Gravity was amazing with some gorgeous 3D. Very intense. Captain Phillips was a very well put together flick all the way around: directing, acting cinematography, etc. Tom Hanks was superb as the title character.
Watched Gravity Thursday night & Captain Phillips Saturday night. Both really good films. Gravity was amazing with some gorgeous 3D. Very intense. Captain Phillips was a very well put together flick all the way around: directing, acting cinematography, etc. Tom Hanks was superb as the title character.
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2:41PM on 10/06/2013
Saw Don Jon this weekend. It was good, but not great. I'm excited to see what else Levitt can do next with his directing skills. Don Jon was a solid debut, but I was expecting a little more.

Despite Runner Runner flopping, I still think Affleck is going to make a great Batman. But now all the haters are going to have a field day with another Affleck film underperforming.
Saw Don Jon this weekend. It was good, but not great. I'm excited to see what else Levitt can do next with his directing skills. Don Jon was a solid debut, but I was expecting a little more.

Despite Runner Runner flopping, I still think Affleck is going to make a great Batman. But now all the haters are going to have a field day with another Affleck film underperforming.
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