Apparently you can have an epic opening in October without being a sequel or animated.
Gravity took the top spot this weekend while also surprising the studios as it took in an impressive $55.5 million this weekend. Despite the weekend being soft (down 20 percent from the same weekend last year), Gravity was a huge pull and it’s doing well overseas as well. It may have more legs than some expected, myself included.
Second place went to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 which dropped only 36.8 percent from last weekend to bring in an additional $21.5 million. It now stands at $60.5 million off of a $78 million dollar budget.
Opening in a very disappointing third was the new Ben Affleck/Justin Timberlake film Runner Runner. It only brought in $7.6 million.
Fourth place went to the critically acclaimed Prisoners which took in another $5.7 million bringing it to $47.8 million off of a $46 million dollar budget domestically.
Rounding out the top five was Rush which is not faring too well. The racing drama from Ron Howard took in $4.4 million which puts it at $18 million off of a $38 million dollar budget.
Next week’s big openers are Machete Kills and Captain Phillips.
Curious how I think these new films will do? Check out my fourth quarter films of 2013 predictions.