Even with a string of high-profile new releases, the space drama "Gravity" continues to orbit at the top of the box office. 

The Alfonso Cuaron film, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, was No. 1 for the third week in a row on Friday, as newcomers "Carrie," "Escape Plan" and "The Fifth Estate" withered in its wake.

"Gravity" scored another $9 million, bringing its domestic total to a magical $148 million.

"Carrie," Sony/Screen Gems' new take on the classic Stephen King novel, somewhat disappointed with $6.6 million, and will likely earn around $15 million or $16 million in its debut weekend. It stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. 

In its second week, the fact-based drama "Captain Phillips" captured another $5.1 million, on its way to a weekend take expected to be in the $16 million range. The film, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass, has so far earned a solid $41.1 million in the U.S.

Newcomer "Escape Plan" -- which pairs struggling action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger -- made off with just $3.3 million for third place, and is expected to gross $9.5 million, a decidedly low figure for a film which cost a rumored $70 million to produce. 

Sony's leggy sequel "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" closed out the top five, adding $2.5 million to its plate. It has so far served up a meaty $85.5 domestically. However, it may have trouble topping the 2009 original, which earned $124 million. 

DreamWorks' "The Fifth Estate" opened to some bad news on Friday. The Julian Assange biopic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, scraped up just $587,000 from over 1,700 screens. It landed at No. 7, behind hold over "Prisoners," which picked up another $615,000. "Estate" will likely earn a very flat $1.8 million in its opening weekend. 

Look for complete box office estimates for the weekend on Sunday.

Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at Variety.com. He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.