Box Office Results: Gravity Remains in Orbit Atop Box Office


The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity topped the box office for a third straight weekend with an estimated $31 million, a drop in ticket sales of just 28.2%. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the space thriller has now earned $170.6 million domestically. Of the $31 million domestic gross, $7.4 million came from 318 IMAX theaters. The North American total for IMAX runs is $38 million and global total is now $49 million. Overseas, the Warner Bros. release was also No. 1 for the third consecutive time, adding $33.5 million from 51 markets and bringing its international total to $114.2 million. Made for $100 million, Gravity has earned an impressive $284.8 million worldwide after three weeks.

The Paul Greengrass thriller Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, remained in second place with $17.3 million, dropping just 32.7% in ticket sales from its first weekend. The $55 million Columbia Pictures film has reached $53.3 million domestically after 10 days. Captain Phillips also debuted in 11 overseas markets this weekend in which it took in $9.1 million.

MGM and Screen Gems’ Carrie remake, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, debuted in third place with an estimated $17 million at 3,157 theaters for an average of $5,385 million per theater. The studios said they were expecting the movie to come in under $20 million but that they were hoping it would have opened to a bit more. The Kimberly Peirce-directed film cost only $30 million to make, however, so it should be fine.

Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 dropped a spot to fourth place with $10.1 million for a four-week domestic total of $93.1 million.

Rounding out the top five was the new action-thriller Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film earned $9.8 million from 2,833 theaters for an average of $3,399 per site.

Also opening in 1,769 theaters was WikiLeaks thriller The Fifth Estate, but the DreamWorks release only managed to take in $1.7 million in eighth place – that’s a dismal $969 per theater. Directed by Bill Condon, the $28 million-budgeted film stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl.

Other films opening this weekend were I’m in Love with a Church Girl, starring Ja Rule and Adrienne Bailon, which earned $1 million from 457 theaters, and the critically-acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt, which brought in $960,000 from 19 theaters for an average of $50,526 per theater.

Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.