'Bad Grandpa' Defies 'Gravity'
By ROBERT PACE
October 27, 2013
After an impressive three consecutive weekends of box-office dominance, Gravity has been superseded as the no. 1 film by opening film Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.
The hidden-camera comedy, starring Johnny Knoxville disguised as an elderly man, brought in an estimated $32 million domestic over the weekend.
Although Gravity was supplanted as box-office king, the space thriller film, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, still reaped a handsome stash for its fourth weekend.
Raking in $20.3 million in the no. 2 spot, the film has now made $199.8 million domestic in a four-week span, which makes the buzzed-about film now the ninth-largest grossing film of the year.
Trailing behind Gravity once again was Captain Phillips, which stacked up $11.8 million and boosted its gross domestic total to $70.1 million. The biographical at-sea drama, starring Tom Hanks, only saw a 28.1 percent drop from last week's results.
While Bad Grandpa opened with a bang, fellow opener The Counselor had a different fate at the box office.
The star-studded film, featuring Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz, Michael Fassbender, and Javier Bardem, opened with a mild $8 million and has received generally unfavorable reviews.
The Counselor's lackluster opening comes a week after the horror film Carrie (6th: $5.9 million, $26 million) and the action flick Escape Plan (7th: $4.4 million, $17.5 million) experienced measly totals for their first weekends.
As the aforementioned films continued their uninspiring runs, the historical drama 12 Years a Slave (8th: $2.1 million, $3.4 million) cracked its way into the Top 10 despite a limited release in 123 theaters.
Per theater, the awards-buzz-generating film nearly duplicated Bad Grandpa in gross revenue. The film is set for wide release next Friday.