Despite a swelling swarm of Oscar buzz surrounding Tom Hanks for his latest film Captain Phillips
, it wasn't enough to eclipse the space thriller Gravity
, which has now claimed the box office for the past two weekends
Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, reaped an astronomical estimated $44.2 million domestic over the weekend, effortlessly soaring past the $100-million domestic mark to a $123.4-million total.
Captain Phillips finished a distant second, collecting hardly more than half of Gravity's Week 2 stash with a $26-million domestic opening.
The animated sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 finished in third, bumping its gross domestic total to $78 million with $14.2 million over the film's third weekend of release.
The remainder of the box office took a sharp drop after Cloudy 2.
Runner Runner (4th: $3.7 million, $14.2 million) continued its measly run, Machete Kills (5th: $3.7 million) failed to draw moviegoers for its opening, and Prisoners (6th: $3.6 million, $53.6 million) continued its run-of-the-mill box-office run.
Rounding out the bottom half of the Top 10 were horror film Insidious: Chapter 2 (7th: $2.7 million, $78.5 million), Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature film directorial debut Don Jon ($2.3 million, $20.2 million), Formula One racing drama Rush (9th: $2.3 million, $22.2 million), and comedy Baggage Claim (10th: $2.0 million, $18.3 million).