The new comedy "Bad Grandpa" has won the box office race this weekend during its first week in theaters. The film earned a total of $32 million in domestic receipts. Sandra Bullock's "Gravity" was dethroned and dropped to second place. The film has earned an additional $20.3 million and has grossed a total of $200 million in the U.S. in Canada since its release four weeks ago. "Captain Phillips," a film getting lots of Oscar buzz for its star Tom Hanks, dropped from second to third place over this last weekend. The film earned an additional $11.8 million and has earned a total of $70.1 million since its debut three weeks ago. The crime thriller "The Counselor" debut in fourth place, a disappointing turn for Twentieth Century Fox. The film earned a mere $8 million. Rounding off the top five films at the box office this weekend was the animated film "Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs 2." The film earned $6.1 million this weekend and has grossed a total of $101 million since its release five weeks ago.
Next weekend watch for six new films to shake-up the box office charts. Debuting this Friday, Nov. 1 are the Princess Diana biopic starring Naomi Watts "Diana," Matthew McConaughey's new film "Dallas Buyers Club," Rachel McAdams' new romantic comedy "About Time," the animated film "Free Birds," the all-star comedy "Last Vegas" and the science fiction flick "Enders Game."
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cellphones and no texting, please don't talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don't forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com