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Box Office: Warner Bros.' Gravity Posts Excellent $55 Million Debut to Top Charts

 Comment on Box Office: Gravity is Highest October Opener Ever With $55 Million Debut

George Clooney, Sandra Bullock sci-fi film Gravity from Alfono Cuaron tops box office.

Warner Bros.Pictures' Gravity is now the highest October opener ever with a huge $55 million debut from 3,575 theaters. That's a very impressive $15,538 per-theater average. $11.2 million of that gross came from IMAX's 323 screens; 1/5 of the films opening weekend tally, and the best October weekend in IMAX's history. According to Rentrak, the film opened internationally on 89 IMAX runs, grossing $3.2 million this weekend with a per screen average of over $36,000. 

In second place, showing a mere 37% change in its sophomore weekend run, Sony's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 generated $21.5 million, and takes its domestic total past $60.5 million. The Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Will Forte, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews and Neil Patrick Harris-voiced film from director's Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, has also made $1.2 million overseas, bringing its worldwide gross to over $60.5 million from a $78 million production budget.

In third, 20th Century Fox's opener Runner Runner powered by Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arteron and Anthony Mackie, grossed $7.6 million from 3,026 theaters, averaging 2,512 per theater thanks to poor reviews from critics in general.

In fourth, Warners Prisoners frontlined by Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Terrence Howard, lost 54 theaters, but still managed a mediocre drop of 48% change with a $5.7 million gross. Total N. American gross is over $47.8 million thus far.

Finishing off this weekend's top five spots is Ron Howard's critically-acclaimed F1 film Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl. The film hasn't been turning in solid numbers despite strong ratings, with just $18 million grossed so far.

Indie openers this weekend:

  • Lionsgate / Pantelion Films' Pulling Strings found little support from 387 theaters with just $2.5 million earned. Laura Ramsey, Jaime Camil and Omar Chaparro star in the romantic comedy from director Pedro Pablo Ibarra.
  • Roadside Attractions' Grace Unplugged drama starring AJ Michalka found even less with $1.04 grossed from a mediocre 511 showings.
  • Further down the list, the Linsanity documentary on Jeremy Lin from director Evan Leong, made $109,000 from 9 theaters.
  • A.C.O.D. from The Film Arcade starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead,  Clark Duke from  debuted with $20.047.
  • Finally, at the bottom of the list we have Anchor Bay's Nothing Left to Fear with $7,308 from 5 theaters, Zeitgeist's Let the Fire Burn grossing $5,375 f from 1 theater, and Anchor Bay again with All is Bright's paltry $4,088 from 10 locations.

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