We knew it was going to win, but by how much was the big question and the $17.5 million it tallied on Friday suggested something around $49 million, but Gravity held on stronger than that, finishing the three-day weekend with an estimated $55.6 million and a new October opening weekend record, besting Paranormal Activity 3's $52.5m back in 2011.
The big story concerning this one is the fact 80% of the total came from 3D screenings and 20% from IMAX screenings. It also has one box office tracker calling Sandra Bullock the "most bankable actress in Hollywood" noting four of her last six films have opened over $30 million, none of which were sequels. Hard to argue with those numbers.
Gravity has already shown it has legs and with an "A-" CinemaScore it will be interesting to see how long they are as it will have to contend with Captain Phillips next weekend for the adult ticket while a lot of the genre fans will have likely seen it and will perhaps check out Machete Kills. However, the Machete sequel may suffer a little of audiences skip the new film and decide on a second helping of Gravity. Could be interesting.
Also opening wide this weekend was Runner Runner starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton and the negative reviews bled over into a terrible opening as the so-called "thriller" managed only $7.6 million this weekend and with a "C" CinemaScore I don't think we'll be hearing from this one for much longer.
Runner Runner did, however, fare a little better overseas where it brought in $23.5 million. With a budget just under $30 million the film will probably be fine financially, but it is clearly having a rough go of it.
Following on the heels of the success of the Spanish-language film Instructions Not Included, Lionsgate has issued another one into theaters, this one is called Pulling Strings and with only 387 screens it totalled $2.5 million on its opening weekend. Maybe Lionsgate has figured something out? That being that there are more than just white males aged 13-34 living in America. Maybe?
Next we come to Metallica Through the Never, which expanded into 650 theaters this weekend and probably had a hard time keeping up considering stiff competition from Gravity, which clearly dominated the IMAX 3D screens. Unfortunately, despite adding 284 theaters, the film dropped 57% from last weekend, bringing in only $682,692 this weekend. Like I said, just couldn't compete and likely didn't have more than one or two screenings a day in most of those locations.
Because it was in our reader box office challenge this week, I must also include Parkland, which crashed and burned to the tune of $335,000 from 257 theaters, only $1,304 per. Ouch.
The complete top ten is listed below and I will be back on Monday with actuals and official results for this week's reader predictions.
Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for October 4 - October 6, 2013
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Columbia Pictures) - $20.9 million ($60.0m cume)
From 4,001 theaters ($5,224 avg.) / $78 million budget / 70%
- Runner Runner (20th Century Fox) - $7.7 million
From 3,026 theaters ($2,545 avg.) / $29 million budget / 9%
- Prisoners (Warner Bros.) - $5.7 million ($47.9m cume)
From 3,236 theaters ($1,761 avg.) / $46 million budget / 81%
- Rush (Universal Pictures) - $4.4 million ($18.1m cume)
From 2,308 theaters ($1,906 avg.) / $38 million budget / 88%
- Don Jon (Relativity Media) - $4.1 million ($16m cume)
From 2,422 theaters ($1,693 avg.) / $6 million budget / 83%
- Baggage Claim (Fox Searchlight Pictures) - $4 million ($15.1m cume)
From 2,030 theaters ($1,970 avg.) / 15%
- Insidious: Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict) - $3.8 million ($74.7m cume)
From 2,607 theaters ($1,458 avg.) / $5 million budget / 38%
- Pulling Strings (Lionsgate) - $2.4 million
From 387 theaters ($6,202 avg.) / 55%
- Enough Said (Fox Searchlight Pictures) - $2.1 million ($5.4m cume)
From 437 theaters ($4,805 avg.) / 95%
READER PREDICTION RESULTS
These are the actual weekend results and the weekend's winners are now final.
The reader prediction leaderboard has been updated and can be seen here.
- Runner Runner
- ACTUAL: $7.7 million
$7.6 million prediction / $0.1 million off
$8.3 million prediction / $0.6 million off
$8.8 million prediction / $1.1 million off
$9.2 million prediction / $1.5 million off
- Arthur Carlson
$9.5 million prediction / $1.8 million off
- ACTUAL: $55.7 million
$55.0 million prediction / $0.7 million off
- Chris Etrata
$53.4 million prediction / $2.3 million off
$52.3 million prediction / $3.4 million off
- Ron Oneal Fresh
$51.6 million prediction / $4.1 million off
$51.3 million prediction / $4.4 million off
- Metallica Through the Never
- ACTUAL: $.683 million
$1 million prediction / $0.317 million off
$1.1 million prediction / $0.417 million off
$1.1 million prediction / $0.417 million off
- Shaun Heenan
$1.19 million prediction / $0.507 million off
$1.2 million prediction / $0.517 million off
- ACTUAL: $.310 million
- Jack Tyler
$.4 million prediction / $0.09 million off
- PJ Edwards
$.45 million prediction / $0.14 million off
- Chris Etrata
$.5 million prediction / $0.19 million off
- Jimmy B
$0.7 million prediction / $0.39 million off
- Alex Thomas
$0.75 million prediction / $0.44 million off
SCORING: A total number of five (5) readers win for each movie. The reader with the closest prediction on a movie wins five (5) points, second closest wins four (4) points and so on. In the event of a tie, the winner is determined by the reader that posted his/her prediction first.
For a complete look at the rules and regulations on how to compete click the "Rules & Regulations" tab at the top of the page right here.
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