by Matt Marshall
Gravity is officially in a league of its own. Taking the top spot for the third straight weekend, Gravity added another $31 million to its $170 million run. Not since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey back in December 2012 has a film performed such a feat at the weekend box office.
Following suit with Gravity, Captain Phillips maintained its second place position gaining $17 million in its sophomore frame. After 10 days of release, Captain Phillips climbed to a $53 million haul. Captain Phillips stars Tom Hanks as a cargo ship captain taken hostage by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa.
Newcomers Carrie and Escape Plan opened in third and fifth place respectively. Animated film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 held over from last weekend claiming fourth place.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.
#1 – Gravity (1)
$31.0 million / $170.6 million total
Gravity has done what no other film in 2013 could. For the third consecutive week, Gravity still remains the film to beat at the weekend box office. With another $31 million added to its massive $170 million cume, the sci-fi thriller is on course for $200 million by the end of next weekend. Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Bad Grandpa look to stop Gravity from an October sweep next weekend.
#2 – Captain Phillips (2)
$17.3 million / $53.3 million total
Just like Gravity, Captain Phillips is here to stay. The Tom Hanks pirate drama locked in another second place finish bringing in an additional $17 million over the weekend. Dropping a slim 32% from its opening frame, Captain Phillips continues to march towards a finish north of $100 million.
#3 – Carrie (NR)
$17.0 million / $17.0 million total
Carrie scared the masses away from theaters this weekend. The 2013 remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz pulled in a disappointing $17 million. While slightly better her $13 million Kick-Ass 2 opening back in August, Carrie should have at least cleared $20 million. After all, Carrie is the sole horror film released in time for Halloween.
#4 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (3)
$10.1 million / $93.1 million total
Cloudy 2 enjoyed its best hold to date, dropping a mere 27% in its fourth outing. The Sony Animation sequel continues to trail its 2009 predecessor, but is projected to cross the century mark this coming weekend. Expect another small dip for Cloudy 2 next weekend before losing plenty of screen to Free Birds on November 1.
#5 – Escape Plan (NR)
$9.8 million / $9.8 million total
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were at one time huge box office draws. The key word there is “were.” 2013 hasn’t been too kind to either 80s action star. Both The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head opened under $10 million earlier in the year. And the same goes for their latest film, Escape Plan. Escape Plan will have a hard time cracking $20 million before hitting DVD and Blu-ray.
Opening Next Week: The Counselor, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Blue is the Warmest Color (limited)
Source: Box Office Mojo
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.