B.O. Roundup, October 18-20: 'Gravity' Keeps on Trucking

Sunday, 20 October 2013 13:10 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, October  18-20: 'Gravity' Keeps on Trucking

Knock-knock.

"Who's there?"

Gravity.

"Gravity the number one movie in America for the third consecutive weekend?  The Alfonso Cuaron movie that held off newcomers like Carrie, Escape Plan, and The Fifth Estate and is now basically a legitimate phenomenon?"

You ruined my joke, but yes, that's exactly the Gravity we're talking about here.  When the space-set thriller debuted to an October record and ecstatic reviews, positive word of mouth was expected to keep the film popular over the long haul.  That's just what's happened.  This weekend, Gravity declined just 28% from its sophomore frame, bringing in an estimated $31.03 million from 3,820 locations, bringing its domestic total to $170.5 million. 

After seventeen days, the Sandra Bullock-led orbital adventure has now made it on the list of 2013's top ten biggest grossers.  It's performing well globally, too, with a worldwide total now standing at $284.7 million.

Captain Phillips stayed strong, holding on to second place even with a three new releases knocking at its doorstep.  Of those three, the Carrie remake fared best, debuting in third place with an estimated $17.0 million from 3,157 locations.  The second adaptation of Stephen King's novel marks a carreer-best opening from Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss director Kimberly Peirce, with whom you can view an IAR exclusive video interview by clicking here.  Still, Carrie is quieter than one might expect, since it's the spooky season and this is the only wide horror release aside from the Insidious sequel that's been kicking around for six weeks.

Escape Plan, a prison breakout actioner with a sprinkling of sci-fi, opened in fifth place.  According to estimates, the team-up of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger earned $9.8 million from 2,883 theaters nationwide.  Since finishing up his improbable gubernatorial run, Schwarzenegger has had a pretty quiet comeback, but Escape Plan's debut is at least up from his The Last Stand and Stallone's Bullet to the Head.  Apparently the novelty of seeing these two bruisers together wore off over a couple of Expendables movies.

Playing a considerably smaller 1,769 locations, The Fifth Estate brought in an estimated $1.7 million.  The film, a chronicle of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, boasts the increasingly ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch and some hot-button material, but couldn't overcome largely negative reviews and a general ambivalence over its approach to the subject matter.

Outside of the top ten, Steve McQueen's acclaimed 12 Years a Slave notched at estimated $980,000 from just nineteen locations.  That's a tremendous per-theater average of $50,526 for the awards-season favorite.

Okay, the top ten movies from sea to shining sea for the weekend of October 18th through 20th:

1. Gravity                                                               $31.0 million               $170.5 million

2. Captain Phillips                                                 $17.3 million              $53.3 million

3. Carrie                                                                 $17.0 million              New Release

4. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2             $10.1 million              $93.1 million

5. Escape Plan                                                       $9.8 million               New Release

6. Prisoners                                                           $2.0 million              $57.2 million

7. Enough Said                                                      $1.8 million              $10.7 million

8. The Fifth Estate                                                $1.7 million              New Release

9. Runner Runner                                                 $1.6 million              $17.5 million

10. Insidious: Chapter 2                                       $1.5 million              $80.9 million

Next week, The Counselor and Bad Grandpa open wide.  Will Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's jet-black drama or Johnny Knoxville's first full movie as geriatric reprobate Irving Zissman manage to unseat Gravity?


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