B.O. Roundup, October 11-13: 'Captain Phillips' Can't Crack 'Gravity'

Sunday, 13 October 2013 12:46 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, October 11-13: 'Captain Phillips' Can't Crack 'Gravity'

Audiences divided their time between outer space and the high seas this weekend.  Both Gravity and Captain Phillips did gangbusters business in theaters, while action-comedy Machete Kills opened to tumbleweeds.

Having already set an October opening weekend record, Gravity held onto first place for the second consecutive frame by a wide margin.  According to estimates, Alfonso Cuaron's critically acclaimed adventure added another $44.2 million from 3,660 locations, bringing its ten-day domestic total to a whopping $123.4 million.

Everything about Gravity's commercial performance this weekend makes it clear that the Sandra Bullock-led film is benefiting from overwhelmingly positive word of mouth.  From its debut weekend to this one, Gravity lost just 21% of its audience.  And enthusiasm for the 3D presentation actually increased, as the percentage of Gravity's haul accounted for by 3D shows jumped from 80% last week to 82% this week.  IMAX was no slouch either, as the jumbo-sized format brought in $9 million.  The only film that's ever had a busier IMAX weekend would be The Dark Knight Rises.

So everyone digs Gravity, and it's on track to clear $250 million at American theaters.  Even with that movie dominating the grown-up market, Captain Phillips still exceeded all expectations and posted the best debut for leading man Tom Hanks since Angels & Demons in 2009.  Playing at 3,020 locations, Captain Phillips brought in an estimated $26.0 million in second place.

The film, based on the true story of the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the latest from director Paul Greengrass received almost unanimously enthusiastic reviews.  Audiences have also been fond of Captain Phillips, as its "A" CinemaScore exit poll rating suggests that the intense drama will maintain a good hold over the weeks to come.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 stayed strong in second place with an estimated $14.2 million.  In third place, there's the weekend's other new wide release Machete Kills, a sequel to the 2010 tongue-in-cheek actioner Machete, which itself started off as a faux-trailer in 2007's GrindhouseMachete Kills opened with an estimated $3.79 million from 2,538 locations.  That's about one-third of the $11.4 million to which Machete opened three years back.

Despite a willfully eclectic cast of players unlikely to ever show up in another movie together again, Machete Kills wasn't able to put butts in seats.  The movie will perform well on home entertainment formats, but theatrically, Robert Rodriguez's ironic franchise appears to be out of gas.

Here are the top ten movies in the nation over the weekend of October 11th through 13th:

1. Gravity                                                               $44.2 million              $123.4 million

2. Captain Phillips                                                 $26.0 million              New Release

3. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2             $14.2 million              $78.0 million

4. Machete Kills                                                     $3.7 million               New Release

5. Runner Runner                                                  $3.7 million              $14.1 million

6. Prisoners                                                           $3.6 million              $53.6 million

7. Insidious: Chapter 2                                         $2.6 million              $78.4 million

8. Rush                                                                  $2.3 million              $22.2 million

9. Don Jon                                                             $2.3 million              $20.1 million

10. Baggage Claim                                               $2.0 million              $18.2 million

Somehow, a movie extensively promoted by the presence of Sofia Vergara in a machine-gun brassiere didn't set opening weekend records and redefine the contemporary blockbuster.  Truly, this is indeed a strange and beautiful universe.


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