‘Gravity’ in complete control

October 20th, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. Gravity (Warner Bros) WBPI $31m ($170.6m) (1)
2. Captain Phillips (Sony) SPRI $17m ($53m) (2)
2. Carrie (Screen Gems) SPRI $17m (NE)
4. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (Sony) SPRI $10.1m ($93.1m) (3)
5. Escape Plan (Lionsgate-Summit) Lionsgate International $9.8m (NE)


Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar contender ‘Gravity’ continued to control the North American box office, after grossing a commanding $31m during its third weekend in play.  The sci-fi drama, which Warners expanded to a market high 3,820 theatres, had a mere 28% week-on-week fall and now stands on a stunning $170.6m domestically.  3D premium rates accounted for a notable 82% of the film’s weekend proceeds.


‘Captain Phillips’ enjoyed a decent second weekend hold in line with expectations to put it neck and neck with ‘Carrie’ for the runner’s up spot.  Both films finished the weekend on $17m and we shall have to wait for the actuals before knowing the outcome.


Sony, which distributes both films, will be reasonably satisfied with the weekend’s takings.  ‘Captain Phillips’ has increased its running total to an early $53m, providing a solid base for Sony’s award season campaign.  Although ‘Carrie’ opened $1m less than studio predictions (and $3m+ below market expectations), it should receive a boost from being the only horror film in the market at Halloween.  Its ‘B-‘ CinemaScore from first night audiences doesn’t seem to have had a massive impact with the slight fall since Friday arising more from the usual horror genre front loading.


Summit’s Sylvester Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, ‘Escape Plan’ debuted on $9.8m in keeping with the market’s general gloomy forecast but not as low as some analysts had suggested.  It was an unqualified disaster for the weekend’s other wide release, Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks’ drama, ‘The Fifth Estate’, which could only muster a spectacularly awful $1.7m.


UPDATE: Late Sunday night figures indicate that ‘Captain Phillips’ finished the weekend on $17.3m ($0.3m higher than ‘Carrie’)generic cialis ireland buy cialis online prescription cialis overnight delivery canada cialis 5mg price australia price of cialis 5 mg at walmart cialis nitroglycerin buy cialis 20mg australia


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