Alfonso Cuaron's 3D space epic ‘Gravity,’ starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, debuts to a record-breaking $55.8 million in North America, the top October opening of all-time; Sony’s ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’ comes in second place with $21.5 million.
Alfonso Cuaron's 3D space epic Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, debuted to a record-breaking $55.8 million in North America, the top October opening of all-time. Overseas, Gravity also won the weekend with $27.4 million for a worldwide total of $83 million. Produced for roughly $100 million, the film is doing big business for distributor Warner Bros. in 3D cinemas, with a reported $44 million in ticket sales since the film’s Friday opening. IMAX theaters generated $11.2 million in North America, representing the top October showing of all-time for the large-format cinema chain.
Sony’s animated feature, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, came in second place over its second weekend out, bringing in $21.5 million for a North American total of $60.6 million. Overseas, Cloudy 2 took in an additional $8.1 million for an international total of $11.2 million.
New Regency and 20th Century Fox's gambling thriller Runner Runner, starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, brought in $7.6 million for a third place showing at the North American box office. Internationally, the film, which cost $30 million to make, grossed $23.6 million for a world total of $31.2 million.
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Prisoners came in fourth place over its third weekend out, adding $7.6 million and pushing the film's domestic total to $55.6 million.
Ron Howard's Rush fell to number five in its second week, taking in $4.4 million for a North American total of $18.3 million. The Formula One drama, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, is making up ground overseas, where it has already earned upwards of $30 million.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon likewise saw a substantial decline in its second outing, coming in sixth place with earnings of $4.2 million for a domestic total of $15.2 million.
Pantelion Films -- the joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa -- entered the market with another Spanish-language film on the heels of the success of Instructions Not Included. Romantic comedy Pulling Strings, starring Mexican celebrity Jaime Camil, placed ninth with a $2.5 million debut.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, starring the late James Gandolfini opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, cracked the top 10 chart as it expanded over its third weekend, grossing $2.2 million for Fox Searchlight. The film's domestic total is $5.4 million.
Not far behind was the Metropolitan Opera's The Met: Live in HD program, which kicked off its eighth season Saturday with a live transmission of Eugene Onegin. The broadcast grossed $1.9 million from 800 theaters in North America, with an additional 108,000 people watching it overseas.
Sony held sneak previews of Paul Greengrass' Somali pirate drama Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, a week ahead of its opening. Sony said there were sell-out crowds in cities such as Los Angeles and New York, but that the screenings were 75 percent full on average.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.