Box Office: ‘Bad Grandpa’ Takes Number One Spot While ‘The Counselor’ Flops

By Will Ashton


As expected, Bad Grandpa, a.k.a. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, took the number one spot away from three week-winner Gravity with $32 million.

While it didn’t pull in the $50.4 million that Jackass 3-D earned on its opening weekend, the film still was able to make twice its $15 million dollar budget. Needless to say, this is a good weekend for the film.

Not having a good weekend, however, is the other big new release The Counselor. Written by Cormac McCarthy—widely considered by many, including myself, as one of America’s greatest contemporary writers—and directed by Ridley Scott, the Fox film only earned $8 million in fourth place. Despite its all-star cast, which includes Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt, to name a few, the film is having a hard time earning back its $25 million budget. Having not seen the film, I can’t comment. Given the film’s mixed-to-negative reviews, however, I guess it’s not much of a surprise.

Meanwhile, last week’s, and the past two week’s, number one spot Gravity came in second place with $20 million. Considering that this movie has been out for nearly a month, the fact that this movie is still pulling in this much change is pretty incredible. The film now has $199 million domestically.

Expanding from 19 to 123 theaters, 12 Years a Slave opened in eight place and earned an impressive $2.1 million over the weekend. The film is expected to go wide this upcoming weekend, so it’ll be interesting to see what numbers it will pull in then. Additionally, the Palme D’oer winner Blue is the Warmest Color opened in limited release over the weekend and, despite its NC-17 rating, the film earned an estimated $101,000 in four theaters.

It should be noted that this is the first October in 12 years that didn’t see a horror movie as the number one film. I guess some people don’t consider Gravity a horror movie, even though I would say that is more nerve-racking than most horror films I have seen in a long while.

The first weekend of November will see the releases of Free Birds, Ender’s Game and Last Vegas, with About Time, Dallas Buyers Club and Diana in limited release. Should be interesting to see what happens next weekend.

Check out the full box office below:

1.  Bad Grandpa $32,000,000 $32
2.  Gravity $20,300,000 $199.8
3.  Captain Phillips $11,800,000 $70
4.  The Counselor $8,000,000 $8
5.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2   $6,100,000 $100.6
6.  Carrie $5,900,000 $26
7.  Escape Plan $4,340,000 $17.4
8.  12 Years a Slave $2,150,000 $3.4
9.  Enough Said $1,555,000 $13
10.  Prisoners $1,063,000 $59.1

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