By Will Ashton
Those who thought Gravity would be pulled down by this week’s competition, pun intended, were mistaken, as the space film came in first again for the third week in-a-row with $31 million.
This brings the film’s box office total to $170 million. Despite the film’s big budget, it seems safe to say that it is now a hit financially as well as critically. Gravity is also the first film of 2013 to pull the three week feat.
As for the newcomers, they weren’t all as fortune. Carrie was the most profitable of the freshmen, coming in at third with $17 million. With a budget of $30 million, these numbers aren’t terrible, but they certainly fall lower than the general expectations.
Also falling below expectations was the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate. The movie only pulled in $1.7 million in 1,769 theaters. Ouch. Also not doing amazing this weekend was Escape Plan. The Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sylvester Stallone buddy flick only pulled in $9.8 million over the weekend.
On the brighter side, the widely acclaimed 12 Years a Slave opened up in limited release over the weekend, and, despite only opening in 19 theaters, the drama pulled in a very solid $960,000. With an average of $50,526 per theater, it is safe to say that this film is going to have a strong box office following.
Next week sees the releases of The Counselor, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and the limited release of the Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Color. It is up for debate what will take the number one spot, but I doubt it will be Gravity for a fourth time.
Check out the full box office below:
Weekend Box Office Domestic Total
1. Gravity $31 million $170.5 million
2. Captain Phillips $17.3 million $53.3 million
3. Carrie $17 million $17 million
4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $10.1 million $93.1 million
5. Escape Plan $9.8 million $9.8 million
6. Prisoners $2 million $57.2 million
7. Enough Said $1.8 million $10.7 million
8. The Fifth Estate $1.7 million $1.7 million
9. Runner Runner $1.6 million $17.5 million
10. Insidious: Chapter Two $1.5 million $80.9 million