Box Office: 'Gravity' marvels at no. 1 as 'Captain Phillips' is impressive at no. 2
After setting box office records last weekend, "Gravity" continued its phenomenal by grossing another $44 million. That's down just a jaw-dropping 20% from its opening and is almost unheard of for a film outside the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays. The Alfonso Cuaron best picture contender has now earned $123.4 million in just 10 days. Surpassing $200 million is a given. Earning over $250 million is likely, but with "Ender's Game" stealing its IMAX screens on Nov. 1 is $300 million out of the question? Something to watch for.
Considering the "Gravity" onslaught, no one would have expected another film to hit over $20 million in October, but another prestige player was able to thrive in the marketplace. Paul Geengrass' "Captain Phillips" opened with stellar reviews to an excellent $26 million. That's Tom Hanks biggest debut since 2009's "Angels & Demons" debuted with $46 million and his largest non-"Da Vinci" code opener since "Catch Me If You Can" stole $30 million in 2002. Assuming "Phillips" can duplicate its domestic success overseas, Sony should have no problem making up the film's reported $55 million budget. And if the DVD and download release are timed to the Oscar nominations, it should over perform in ancillaries as well.
Dropping to third was "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" which earned another $14.2 million for $78 million to date. With no serious family film competition for weeks, "Cloudy 2" still has a shot to earn well north of $100 million domestic.
Fourth place went to the sequel "Machete Kills" which grossed just $3.77 million for new distributor Open Road Films. That total was half of what pre-release polling indicated and far below the $11.5 million the first "Machete" found in 2010 when 20th Century Fox was in charge. It's another puzzling disappointment for Open Road which can only claim "A Haunted House" as a profitable release so far this year.
Speaking of bombs, 20th Century Fox's "Runner, Runner" came to a screeching halt with just $3.72 million in its second weekend. The Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck thriller has now earned only $14 million in 10 days.
New releases Friday include the remake of "Carrie," "Escape Plan," "The Fifth Estate" and, on just 18 screens, "Twelve Years A Slave."
Box office actuals are released on Monday.
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
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