The hostage thriller "Captain Phillips" (which opened in wide release in the U.S. and Canada on Oct. 11 2013) is expected to debut at No. 2 in its opening weekend, behind Warner Bros. Pictures' space thriller "Gravity," which was the previous week's No. 1 movie, according to Box Office Mojo. Meanwhile, Deadline reports that ticket sales for "Captain Phillips" are greatly outnumbering the ticket sales for the Open Road Films action flick "Machete Kills," which was the other wide release that opened on Oct. 11, 2013. "Machete Kills" is a flop at the box office, according to Deadline.
Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips" (starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass) is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Tom Hanks plays Phillips in the movie, which is getting some Oscar buzz for Hanks and mostly positive reviews from critics.
"Machete Kills" (starring Danny Trejo and directed by Robert Rodriguez) is the critically panned sequel to 2010's "Machete." Trejo reprises his title role as the outlaw who gets himself into many tricky and violent situations. Other cast members in "Machete Kills" include Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Demián Bichir, Charlie Sheen, Amber Heard and Lady Gaga.
"Gravity" (starring Sandra Bullock and directed by Alfonso Cuarón) is about two NASA employees (played by Bullock and George Clooney) who are stranded outside their space station while deadly debris is hurtling toward them. "Gravity" got mostly positive reviews and made a record-breaking $55.8 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada. That is the highest tally for any movie that opened in October in the U.S. and Canada. "Gravity" is widely considered a frontrunner to win an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The movie is also getting Oscar-nomination buzz for Bullock and Cuarón, who is one of the producers and screenwriters of "Gravity."
Oct. 13, 2103 update: "Captain Phillips" debuted at No. 2, with $25.7 million in ticket sales. "Machete Kills" debuted at No. 4, with $3.8 million in ticket sales.
Of the independent movies that premiered on demand and in limited theatrical release on Oct. 11, 2013, "Escape From Tomorrow" had the highest total at the box office, with $63,297 from 30 locations, while "Broadway Idiot" had a total of $5,514 from one location. "As I Lay Dying" (which premieres on VOD on Nov. 1, 2013) had an impressive $7,143 in ticket sales from one location in its opening weekend.
Here are the Top 5 movies for the weekend ending Oct. 13, 2013:
1. "Gravity" — $43 million
2. "Captain Phillips" — $25.7 million
3. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" — $13.8 million
4. "Machete Kills" — $3.8 million
5. "Runner Runner" — $3.7 million