Beating a host of newcomers, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity and Paul Greengrass' drama Captain Phillips continue to dominate the North American box office.
Now in its third week at the box office, Alfonso Cuaron's 3D space epic Gravity continued to dominate, taking in $31 million over the weekend to push the film’s domestic total to $170.6 million. Overseas, the Warner Bros. film also placed number one for the third consecutive weekend, taking in $33.5 million and crossing the $100 million mark for a foreign total of $114.2 million. Worldwide, the film has brought in a total of $284.8 million.
Gravity remains a huge draw in 3D and in IMAX, which has now delivered a total $38 million in total ticket sales. Over the weekend, IMAX grosses clocked in at $7.4 million, the second best showing for a film in its third weekend after Avatar.
Paul Greengrass’ Somali pirate feature Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, again came in second place, taking in $17.3 million for a 10-day domestic total of $53.3 million. Overseas, the film opened to $9.1 million. The critically acclaimed film, based on real events, cost $55 million to produce.
MGM's Carrie remake debuted this weekend to $17 million and a third place finish. Directed by Kimberly Pierce, Carrie stars Chloe Grace Moretz opposite Julianne Moore. MGM and Sony's Screen Gems reportedly spent under $30 million to produce the horror reboot more than three decades after Brian De Palma's original Carrie opened in theaters.
Sony’s animated feature, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, came in fourth place over its fourth weekend out, bringing in $10.1 million for a North American total of $93.1 million.
Coming in fifth place, newcomer Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, brought in $9.8 million for its debut. Formerly known as The Tomb, Summit Entertainment and Emmett/Furla films partnered on the action film, which reportedly cost upwards of $70 million before tax rebates. Overseas, the film has earned $14.1 million for a worldwide total of $23.9 million.
Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s Prisoners came in sixth place, taking in $2.1 million for a domestic total of $57.3 million over its five weeks at the box office.
Nicole Holofcener's drama Enough Said, starring the late James Gandolfini opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, appeared back on the top 10 chart in seventh place, grossing $1.8 million for a total $10.8 million.
Marking the worst debut of 2013, Bill Condon's WikiLeaks thriller The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, came in eighth place, taking in $1.7 million. Overseas the film made $1.6 million. DreamWorks and Participant Media produced the feature for $26 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.