Gravity Tops the Box Office for Third Consecutive Week
Erik Dansereau – Deluxe Video Online
Much like real life you cannot defy gravity, in this week’s Box Office Wrap Up, movie goers once again were drawn to see Gravity as it held onto the top spot at 31 million.
Alfonso Cuaron‘s Sci-Fi space thriller, continues to dominate only dropping 28% from the previous weekend, driven largely at this point from overwhelmingly positive word of mouth and critical reviews.
One of the few films that actually utilizes 3D to enhance it’s story and presentation, rings true with it’s audience, as 80% of Gravity‘s ticket sales this past weekend were from the Imax version.
Gravity has earned 176.4 million domestically and 284 worldwide, and with the buzz and strong word of mouth Gravity won’t be coming down to earth anytime soon.
The 2 Oscar heavyweights were able to fend off the three new wide releases this weekend quite handily.
Carrie, The remake of Brian De Palma’s classic horror film based on Stephen King’s novel of the same title, earned a very respectable 17.3 million opening.
Largely resonating with female Movie goers (54%) and the under 25 crowd (56%)
Directed by Kimberly Pierce and starring Julianne Moore with Chloe Grace Moretz, Carrie, opening nearly 30 years after the original film, was made for a modest 30 million.
With solid critical reviews, Carrie should follow up with a strong Halloween weekend return.
Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Return to the silver screen was less than triumphant, as Escape Plan earned only 9.8 million Domestically.
A throwback to the 80’s, Escape Plan teams up Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in hopes to cash in on the nostalgia value of the two aging action Icons but appears to have been released 30 years too late.
Made for 70 million Escape plan‘s 9.8 is disappointing, but the movie has shown stronger foreign sales opening up at 14.8 internationally.
Directed by Bill Condon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth Estate is based on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the whistle blowers rise to infamy.
An interesting story but perhaps suffers from a case of “Too Soon?” as many modern biopics (looking at you, Jobs) tend to flop when released too soon to the subject matter.
The Fifth Estate proves this theory with the worst opening in 2013.
Box Office Wrap Up Oct. 18-20
1. “Gravity,” $31 million
2. “Captain Phillips,” $17.3 million
3. “Carrie,” $17 million.
4. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” $10.1 million
5. “Escape Plan,” $9.8 million
6. “Prisoners,” $2.1 million
7. “Enough Said,” $1.8 million.
8. “Fifth Estate,” $1.7 million.
9. “Runner Runner,” $1.6 million
10. “Insidious Chapter 2,” $1.5 million