Rave reviews and a smart, scary-good marketing campaign have propelled "Gravity" to a cosmic $55.5 million opening weekend. It's not only a record for the month of October, but also the biggest opening for both George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Early Oscar buzz has the space drama (or is that "sci-fi drama"?) at the front of the awards pack, but will it maintain its momentum, or drift off into the ether?
As for the rest of this week's list...
October 9, 2013
1. "Gravity" (Last week: Not ranked)
How many times have you seen it? Is it one of your Oscar picks?
2. "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" (Last week: No. 2)
Sgt. Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) himself has confirmed the sequel's addition of Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch.
3." Ant-Man" (Last week: Not ranked)
No casting news yet, but director Edgar Wright tweeted a little pic just to remind fans that Marvel's still working on it. Who would you like to see play Hank Pym?
4. "Ted 2" (Last week: Not ranked)
Universal must be pretty confident about Seth MacFarlane's sequel. It's been moved up to June, 2015, where it will compete for box office glory with "Jurassic Park VI," "Despicable Me: Minions," and even and "Superman Vs. Batman."
5. "Fantastic Four" (Last week: Not ranked)
What franchise isn't being written by this Simon Kinberg guy? He penned "X-Men: Days of Future Past," will help out with "Star Wars" and is now hard at work on this reboot, being directed by Josh Track ("Chronicle"). Is "Star Trek" next?
6. "Cruella" (Last week: Not ranked)
After "Maleficent," Disney will give the "101 Dalmatians" villainess the spotlight in this live-action film. Who's next? The guy from "Mulan"?
7. "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair" (Last week: Not ranked)
After some time in purgatory, the franchise is returning to the big screen, with a new production team in tow.
8. "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (Last week: Not ranked)
With this new trailer, we finally get a look at the latest film based on the writings of the late Tom Clancy. Can Chris Pine do the character justice?
9. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Last week: Not ranked)
Action and romance abound in the newest trailer for the middle part of the prequel trilogy. We still miss Viggo Mortensen though.
10. "Machete Kills" (Last week: Not ranked)
Singer-turned-actress Lady Gaga's new tune "Aura" powers the latest trailer for Robert Rodriguez's sequel.
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1964 | Musical | NRSummary: Everything is beautiful in this dazzling musical: Catherine Deneuve, the glowing cinematography, the songs of Michel Legrand, and even the bittersweet romance.Director: Jacques Demy
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon
1963 | Horror | NRSummary: Stylish horror maestro Mario Bava directed this weird '60s collection of three creepy tales that feature spiritualism, vampires, and telephone terrors.Director: Mario Bava
Cast: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff
2014 | Drama | NRSummary: A talented young musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success.Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Minnie Driver, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi
1935 | Comedy | NRSummary: While filling in for injured supersleuth Bulldog Drummond (Atholl Fleming), world-class cricket player Jack Pennington (Jack Hulbert) attempts to foil a criminal mastermind's (Ralph Richardson) impending heist that's targeting a valuable jewel necklace held within the British Museum. This comedic...Director: Walter Forde
Cast: Jack Hulbert, Fay Wray, Ralph Richardson, Claude Hulbert
1931 | Comedy | GSummary: Charlie Chaplin’s last silent film as the Little Tramp sees the Tramp befriending both a millionaire, and a blind and impoverished flower girl, and finds Chaplin blending impressive pantomime comedy and heartfelt sentiment as he explores their economic differences.Director: Charlie Chaplin
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
1997 | Drama | RSummary: Matt Damon got his break as an MIT janitor who hides his mathematical brilliance, but is eventually guided by a therapist played beautifully by Robin Williams. Damon and Ben Affleck, who also appears, won an Oscar for their original screenplay.Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck
1951 | Thriller | PGSummary: Alfred Hitchcock directs the suspense classic about a wealthy man who meets an unhappily married tennis player on a train, leading to the two talking idly about murdering people each others’ respective lives. Then one of the potential victims actually turns up dead...Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman
1995 | Adventure | GSummary: History comes gloriously to life in Disney's epic animated tale about love and adventure in the New World. Pocahontas is a Native American woman whose father has arranged for her to marry her village's best warrior. But a vision tells her change is coming, and soon she comes face to face with it ...Director: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg
Cast: Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers, John Kassir
1996 | Action | PGSummary: Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a local forest is torn down. The eggs hatch and Amy be...Director: Carroll Ballard
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney
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