'Gravity' Resists Relinquishing Box-Office Crown
By ROBERT PACE
October 20, 2013
To the dismay of a trio of opening films, Gravity held on to the top spot at the box office this weekend, marking its third weekend with the box-office crown.
The space thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, raked in an estimated $31 million domestic this weekend, bumping its impressive three-week gross domestic total to $170.5 million.
Captain Phillips, a biographical at-sea drama starring Tom Hanks, held the second spot for the second-consecutive weekend, capturing $17.3 million to swell its gross total up to $53.3 million.
The horror-film remake Carrie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, claimed the top spot for the openers, conjuring up $17 million for the third-place slot.
Trailing far behind was Escape Plan at no. 4. Despite starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the action film grossed a mediocre $9.8 million domestic in its opening.
The third opener, The Fifth Estate, based on controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, finished with $1.7 million in its opening, a meager figure in spite of running in around half the theaters of a typical wide-release film.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 capped off the top half of the box office with a steady $9.7 million in its fourth weekend of release. The animated sequel has now amassed $92.7 million domestic.
Rounding out the bottom half of the box office alongside The Fifth Estate (8th), were Prisoners (6th: $2.0 million, $57.2 million), Enough Said (7th: $1.8 million, $10.7 million), Runner Runner (9th: $1.6 million, $17.5 million), and Insidious: Chapter 2 (10th: $1.5 million, $80.9 million).