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411’s Box Office Report: Gravity Claims #1 For Second Week With Miniscule Drop

October 13, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Gravity is well on its way to blockbuster status. Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller held onto the #1 spot at the box office this weekend with a $44.3 million gross, which equates to a 21% drop. That drop is the lowest ever for a film that opened over $50 million; usually the drop is much higher and sci-fi films average in the 50% range. The movie set the record last week for the highest October opening weekend gross. The Sandra Bullock/George Clooney film has now grossed $123.4 million domestically and $151.8 million worldwide and should climb much higher based on word of mouth and reviews; the film had a budget of $100 million.

Opening at #2 was Tom Hanks’ Captain Phillips. The fact-based drama about the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009 opened with $26 million, which is Hanks’ best non-Toy Story opening since Angels & Demons in 2009. The film beat expectations which were in the low $20 million range and earned an A CinemaScore, which combined with good reviews should mean a strong run for the film. The movie had a budget of $55 million.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 dropped one spot to #3 in its third weekend with $14.2 million. The Sony CGI-animated sequel has a domestic total of $78 million and a worldwide total of $89.2 million from a $78 million budget.

Opening at a distant #4, Machete Kills bombed with just $3.8 million. The Robert Rodriguez-directed action sequel fell flat with audiences and averaged just $1,496 in the 2,538 theaters that it opened in. Bad reviews and a mediocre B- CinemaScore won’t help this one, which opened well below Machete’s $11.4 million three years ago. The film has virtually no chance of making back its $20 million budget in theaters unless international grosses are shockingly good.

Speaking of bombs, Runner Runner fell two spots to #5 in its second weekend. The Ben Affleck/Justin Timberlake-starring crime thriller brought in $3.7 million, down a hefty 51% for its genre. The film has grossed $14.1 million domestically but done well overseas with a $45.2 worldwide gross against a $30 million budget.

Prisoners was down two spots to #6 with $3.7 million in its fourth week. The crime thriller has now grossed $53.6 million domestically and $76.2 million worldwide on a budget of $46 million.

Insidious Part 2 rose a spot this week, hitting #7 with $2.7 million in its fifth week. The horror sequel has a domestic gross of $78.4 million and a worldwide gross of $104.9 million from a budget of just $5 million.

Ron Howard’s Rush fell three spots in its third weekend of wide release, dropping to #8 with $2.4 million. The film has a domestic total of $22.2 million and a worldwide total of $52.2 million with a budget of $38 million.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon, fell three spots to #9 with $2.3 million. The film now has a total of $20.1 million domestically and $21.6 million worldwide from a budget of just $6 million.

Baggage Claim closed out the top 10, slipping three spots to #10 in its third week with $2.1 million. The ensemble romcom, which stars Paula Patton and Derek Luke, has a $18.3 million gross from a $8.5 million budget.

The weekend box office tally was $115.5 million, down 11% from last year’s take of $130 million that was led by Taken 2’s second weekend take of $21.9 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 – $44.3 million ($123.4 million total)
2. Captain Phillips – $26 million ($26 million total)
3. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $14.2 million ($78 million total)
4. Machete Kills – $3.8 million ($3.8 million total)
5. Runner Runner – $3.7 million ($14.1 million total)
6. Prisoners – $3.7 million ($76.2 million total)
7. Insidious Part 2 – $2.7 million ($78.4 million total)
8. Rush – $2.4 million ($22.2 million total)
9. Don Jon – $2.3 million ($20.1 million total)
10. Baggage Claim – $2.1 million ($18.3 million total)

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