There was two big movies opening this weekend. One of them stole the show and dominated at the box office; the other opened to bad reviews and a box office to match it.
In what looks like will be the biggest movie of the fall, Gravity (Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgGPTa7-vlE) premieres in the top spot with $55.5 million. This thriller stars two Oscar winners in Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and it looks like they may be on their way to add another one to their collection.
Falling to #2 is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Clip ‘Chester V’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeOMzoTs-1k) with $21.5 million, bringing the 2-week total to $60.5 million. While the movie had a solid following up weekend, it really didn’t stand a chance against Gravity. It should do well in the coming weeks, but once November hits, these movies will quickly fade.
Premiering in the #3 spot is Runner Runner (Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAz_oUxUuDg) with $7.6 million. This movie had high hopes with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, but reviews have stated that this movie fell flat. The movie only got an 8% approval with reviews and 38% approval with viewers. This doesn’t bode well for it’s future at the box office.
Dropping to #4 is Prisoners (Clip ‘Tell me What You Did’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA06MqgAnnM) with $5.7 million. This brings the 3-week total to $47.8 million. This thrilling movie doesn’t have the box office to show how good the movie is. The movie is still in the running to make it to Oscar night and with an 80% approval on Rotten Tomatoes is certainly going to help it.
Rounding out the top 5 is Rush (Clip ‘Drive Fast’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGzWvz3qqDc) with $4.4 million, bringing the 2-week total to $18 million. The movie is considered one of Ron Howard’s better movies, but it’s not doing so well at the box office. This movie also has a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 88% approval.
There are three big movie set to come out this week. The thriller/drama about the creation of wikileaks.com called The Fifth Estate; the sequel to the surprise hit about a man looking for revenge in Machete Kills; the drama about a captain who will do anything to defeat the pirates who try to take over his boat in Captain Phillips. I would expect the three movies to make the top 5, but after how well Gravity was reviewed this week, I would expect that movie to spend a lot of time at the top spot. Perhaps even for the rest of the month.
*all totals are from boxofficemojo.com