The 2013 remake of the horror film "Carrie" (which opened in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Oct. 18, 2013) is expected to be the top new movie for the weekend ending Oct. 20, 2013, but "Carrie" is not expected to surpass ticket sales for "Gravity." According to a Deadline article published on Oct. 18, 2013, Warner Bros' Pictures' "Gravity" (an outer-space thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) is on track to spend its third straight week at No. 1.
The original "Carrie" movie (based on the Stephen King novel of the same title) was released in 1976 and starred Sissy Spacek as the bullied, telekinetic teen Carrie White. Chloë Grace Moretz plays Carrie White in Screen Gems' 2013 remake of the movie.
Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting these box-office performances of other notable movies that were released on Oct. 18, 2013:
Summit Entertainment's "Escape Plan" (a prison-break action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger) is doing mediocre business and is expected to debut in the Top 5 before quickly dropping down the box-office chart in subsequent weeks. Critics have mostly panned "Escape Plan" as being predictable and dumb.
DreamWorks Pictures' "The Fifth Estate" (about the rise of WikiLeaks, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange) is a flop and will debut somewhere in the Top 15. The movie has gotten mixed-to-negative reviews and has been condemned by Assange as being inaccurate. Critics who don't like "The Fifth Estate" say that it is heavy-handed and often dull.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" is shaping up to be a hit before it expands to more theaters on Nov. 1, 2013. The dramatic film, which is based on Solomon Northup's novel of the same title, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup, a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and spent 12 years in captivity. "12 Years a Slave," which is getting rave reviews from critics and a lot of Oscar buzz, is expected to be nominated for several Oscars and other major movie awards.
Also in limited release is "All Is Lost," a drama starring Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. The movie is unusual because Redford is the only actor, and he says just a few lines in the entire film. Although Roadside Attractions' "All Is Lost" is not expected to get as many awards and box-office returns as "12 Years a Slave," the movie is still generating positive reviews from critics and audiences.
Oct. 20, 2103 update: According to Box Office Mojo, "Carrie" debuted at No. 3, with $17 million in ticket sales. "Escape Plan" debuted at No. 5, with $9.8 million in ticket sales. "The Fifth Estate" debuted at No. 8, with $1.7 million in ticket sales.
Of the movies that premiered in limited theatrical release on Oct. 18, 2013, "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" had the highest total at the box office, with $1 million from 457 locations. However, "12 Years a Slave" had the highest per-screen average of all movies released in the same time period: Ticket sales for "12 Years a Slave" totaled $960,000 from 19 locations, which is equal to a whopping $50,526 per location. (By comparison, the per-screen average of "Gravity" this weekend was $8,123.) "All Is Lost" had ticket sales totaling $97,400 from six locations, while "Kill Your Darlings" (which opened on Oct. 16, 2013) had $57,700 in ticket sales from four locations.
Here are the Top 5 movies for the weekend ending Oct. 20, 2013:
1. "Gravity" — $31 million
2. "Captain Phillips" — $17.3 million
3. "Carrie" — $17 million
4. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" — $10.1 million
5. "Escape Plan" — $9.8 million