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411's Box Office Report: Gravity Takes Off With #1 Opening
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.06.2013

Gravity has set a new record for the October box office. Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi thriller opened at #1 at the box office this weekend with a $55 million gross. The number topped Paranormal Activity 3's $52.6 million bow in 2011 to become the highest-grossing film for a weekend in October. The Sandra Bullock/George Clooney film averaged $15,538 from the 3,575 theaters that it opened in and added $27.4 million overseas for a total worldwide first weekend gross of $83.4 million, a number that should have a great multiplier due to the A- CinemaScore it received from audiences as well as the positive word of mouth. The film had a budget of $100 million.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 slipped a spot to #2 in order to make way for Gravity. The Sony CGI-animated sequel took in $21.5 million, a very solid 37% drop considering its genre. The movie has a domestic total of $60.6 million and a worldwide total of $61.8 million form a $78 million budget.

Falling flat at #3 in its opening weekend was Runner Runner. The crime thriller starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake only brought in $7.6 million, a ways below the $10 - 12 million that Fox was hoping for. A terrible C CinemaScore won't help either, as it means word of mouth will be poor. The film did better overseas though where it had $11.2 million to make for a total worldwide first weekend of $18.8 million against the $30 million budget.

Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal's crime thriller Prisoners dropped two spots to #4 with $5.7 million in its third week. It has now grossed $47.9 million domestically and $54.2 million worldwide on a budget of $46 million.

Ron Howard's Rush was also down two in its second weekend of wide release, hitting #5 with $4.4 million. The film's drop was a higher than expected 56%. The period racing drama that stars Chris Hemsworth averaged has a domestic total of $18.1 million and a worldwide total of $48.1 million with a budget of $38 million.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon, fell one spot to #5 with $4.2 million. The film's drop from its opening weekend tallied at 52%, which is high for a dramedy but about what was expected considering the low audience response. The film has a total of $16.1 million domestically and $17.6 million worldwide from a budget of just $6 million.

Baggage Claim slipped three spots to #7 in its second week with $4.1 million. The ensemble romcom fell a hefty 54% in its second week, high for the genre. The film, which stars Paula Patton and Derek Luke, has a $15.2 million gross from a $8.5 million budget.

Insidious Part 2 dropped two spots to #8 this weekend with $3.9 million in its fourth week. The horror sequel has a domestic gross of $74.8 million and a worldwide gross of $87.3 million from a budget of just $5 million.

Pulling Strings opened at #9 this weekend with $2.5 million. The mariachi-flavored romcom averaged a solid $6,460 from the 387 theaters that it opened in. No word on the film's budget.

Rising up a spot to #10 in its third weekend in release is Enough Said. The film, which is James Gandolfini's last project, took in $2.2 million to rise as it continues to expand. The movie has a total gross of $5.4 million; its budget isn't known.

The weekend box office tally was $123.7 million, down 13% from last year's take of $142.2 million that was led by Taken 2's opening haul of $49.5 million.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Gravity - $55 million ($55 million total)
2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - $21.5 million ($60.6 million total)
3. Runner Runner - $7.6 million ($7.6 million total)
4. Prisoners - $5.7 million ($47.9 million total)
5. Rush - $4.4 million ($18.1 million total)
6. Don Jon - $4.2 million ($16.1 million total)
7. Baggage Claim - $4.1 million ($15.2 million total)
8. Insidious Part 2 - $3.9 million ($74.8 million total)
9. Pulling Strings - $2.5 million ($2.5 million total)
10. Enough Said - $2.2 million ($5.4 million total)


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