Warner Bros. Pictures space drama "Gravity" (which opened in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Oct. 4, 2013) is on track to become one of the biggest movies to open in October. According to a Deadline report, "Gravity" is on track to be one of the biggest-grossing movies that opened in October.
"Gravity" (an IMAX and 3-D release) stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two NASA employees trapped outside their space station as deadly debris is hurtling toward them. The movie has been getting rave reviews from critics and a lot of Oscar buzz. "Gravity" is widely predicted to to win many awards for its groundbreaking visual effects.
On Oct. 3, 2013, Fandango reported that a 91 percent of advance ticket sales for "Gravity" were for 3-D showings of the movie, which indicate that audiences are aware of the buzz that the movie is best experienced in 3-D. "Gravity" had late-night screenings on Oct. 3, 2013, before its official release date on Oct. 4, 2013.
According to Deadline, "Gravity" gross as of Oct. 4, 2013, is $17.5 million, including $1.4 million for the late-night showings on Oct. 3
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox's crime thriller "Runner Runner" (which also opened in wide release on Oct. 4, 2013) is a flop, based on the movie's box-office tally. As of Oct. 4, 2013, "Runner Runner" (which stars Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake) grossed only $2.8 million and has gotten mostly negative reviews from critics.
Oct. 6, 2013 update: "Gravity" now holds the record for the biggest opening-weekend gross for a movie that opened in October. According to Box Office Mojo, "Gravity" had $55.8 million in ticket sales for its opening weekend, easily taking the No. 1 spot for the weekend. "Runner Runner" came in third place, with just $7.7 million.
Independent movies that premiere on demand on or before their theatrical release typically do not make a lot of money at the box office since they often have very limited releases.
This weekend, the Jeremy Lin documentary "Linsanity" had $99,462 in ticket sales from nine locations. The lesbian drama "Concussion" had $8,313 in in ticket sales from two locations. The horror flick "Argento's Dracula 3-D" had $3,085 in ticket sales from three locations. All of three of these movies premiered on demand and were released in theaters on the same date: Oct. 4, 2013.
Meanwhile, the horror comedy "Bad Milo!" and the dramedy "All Is Bright," which both premiered on VOD a few weeks before being released in theaters, also fared poorly at the box office. "All Is Bright" had $4,556 in ticket sales from 10 locations, while "Bad Milo!" had $4,503 in ticket sales from 11 locations. These movies were also released in theaters on Oct. 4, 2013.
Here are the Top 5 movies for the weekend ending Oct. 6, 2013:
1. "Gravity" — $66.8 million
2. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" — $20.95 million
3. "Runner Runner" — $7.7 million
4. "Prisoners" — $5.7 million
5. "Rush" — $4.5 million