Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 20, 2013

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The first (and only) horror release of October makes a play for the top spot, while its fellow new releases flounder at the box office.

For the third weekend in a row, the number 1 film is Gravity with $31 million. As if three straight weeks at number 1 wasn’t enough, Gravity is now the 10th highest grossing film of 2013 with $170 million. More importantly, the film is showing no signs of letting up, and could conceivably work its way into the top 5.

In at number 2 for the second week is Captain Phillips with $17.3 million. Despite some questions about the authenticity of the picture, the Tom Hanks drama retained a good part of its audience – dropping only 32% – and is just below its $55 million budget with $53 million in domestic grosses.

The remake of Carrie (read our review) opens in the number 3 spot with $17 million. As the only horror film opening in October, a lot of weight was put on Carrie’s shoulders, but unfortunately the film couldn’t deliver. Horror has been a surprisingly strong genre this year – in all months – so it’s fair to say Screen Gems expected more from this remake.

However, with Halloween still on the horizon, Carrie should stay strong throughout the month. But it’s not expected to gross more than $40 million overall – a much lower tally than most of the “successful” horror films this year.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is the number 4 film this weekend with $10.1 million, bringing its domestic total up to $93 million. While not a failure by any means, Sony likely expected the animated sequel to do much better. We’ll see if the film has any legs or if it finds success on home video, but things aren’t looking that great for a potential third film.

Stallone and Schwarzenegger in Escape Plan Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 20, 2013

Rounding out the top 5 is Escape Plan (read our review) with $9.8 million. Although the film didn’t open with huge numbers, the highly-anticipated reunion of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone is already on track to do much better than the action stars’ solo 2013 releases, Bullet to the Head and The Last Stand.

Unfortunately, a $9 million opening only further reminds us that the fanbases for Arnold and Sly aren’t what they used to be. Had this movie opened in the ’80s, it would’ve been a lock for number 1. But in 2013, number 5 will have to suffice.

Holding at number 6 is Prisoners with $2 million. The film has grossed a respectable $57 million over 5 weeks.

Enough Said jumps up to number 7 with $1.8 million. The James Gandolfini dramedy has been hovering at the $1 million mark for a while now, and was able to crack the top 10 again thanks to some underperforming films. The film has now grossed $10 million.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl in The Fifth Estate Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 20, 2013

Coming in at number 8 is The Fifth Estate (read our review) with a disappointing $1.7 million. Although expectations weren’t terribly high for the film, which highlights eccentric WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), they also weren’t this low, especially considering the talent involved. Add this one to the “2013 Box Office Bombs” list.

Runner Runner falls to the number 9 spot in its third week with $1.6 million. Ben Affleck’s first post-Argo release certainly didn’t hit the jackpot, making only $17 million thus far.

In at number 10 is Insidious: Chapter 2 with $1.53 million. While not as big a tally as James Wan’s other 2013 horror release, The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2 has amassed $80 million off a $5 million budget.

Outside the top 10: Steve McQueen’s latest, 12 Years a Slave, opened with $960,000 on 19 screens for a $50,526 per-screen-screen average. The film, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and frequent McQueen collaborator Michael Fassbender, is already garnering Oscar buzz, so it’s no surprise it did so well with the art house crowd.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, October 21st - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Im really disappointed with Escape Plan’s opening weekend. I was hoping it would at LEAST do $10 million opening weekend. I hope it holds well in the coming weeks but i doubt it.

    I wouldve went and seen it this weekend but my friend drug me to Carrie instead. And the we were one of only a few people there at that showtime. it was a little surpising. though it was the middle of the afternoon and on the BigD (which is bigger than a regular theater screen but smaller than an IMax screen for those who dont know).

    • I’ll say it over and over again. I believe only Legend of Conan, done seriously and without any humor in it, can put Arnold back on top of the box office. Another Terminator and/or Predator would put him up there, at least in the top three, as well.

      • While I would like to see old franchises succeed, I also think the days of Terminator, Conan, Star Trek, Star Wars, Predator, Alien, and Indiana Jones has past. Since those early days of science-fiction, the genre has expanded a trillion times over.

        I think we need to get past ‘the past’, so we can come up with newer philosophies, stories, and franchises.

        • Star Trek Into Darkness just took 467 million at the box office. I don’t think that franchise is quite ready to disappear yet.

          What Trek needs is to do what it did in the 60′s and go against what was currently expected society stereotypes. Rather than try to make stories that are metaphors of current world events show a vision of what the future could be.

          Maybe have a captain who is a devout muslim and a retired priest or christian pastor or orthodox jew as his first officer.

          I know these variety of people can work well together today but it still goes against a lot of stereotypical thinking.

          What Star Trek does best is set up a vision of a better way that society then aspires to. They would do well to find the best way to identify what that is for today then reinvent a better future from there.

          I think when they do Star Trek will find new heights of success.

          The most recent Indiana Jones took $786,636,033 so they can keep flogging that if they chose.

          • “Maybe have a captain who is a devout muslim and a retired priest or christian pastor or orthodox jew as his first officer.”

            Ah, no.

            Never before did we know the religious affiliation of the captain or crew, and we don’t need to now. Besides, if the captain were a devout muslim, wouldn’t they be on a mission of conquest, killing all those who wouldn’t convert? Just kidding, all you who are sensative to political correctness…

          • I’d rather have a Star Trek show us a future with no religion. many look back at Old Mythology like Greek, Egyptian, Norse, Babylonian, Aztec, etc as pagan religions and just fantasy even though in their times they were true religion to those people. Star Trek being hundreds of years in the future should have Christianity, Judaism, and Islam also as Pagan religions just like the previous religions before them. Wouldn’t that be a bold idea.

            • Ah, no. That would just offend the masses, who believe in something more than science fiction…

              • But Star Trek IS Sience Fiction. Besides, there was already a ST:OS episode regarding Jesus Christ who was reffered to as “the Son”.

                • That was the exception to the rule in Star Trek lure. Generally speaking, they neither delved too much into religion, nor did they ever denounce it, as Manowar seems to suggest they should.

                  By the way, Manowar, in today’s world, it would be more “bold” for the Trek crew to admit to the existence of and set out to spiritually search for God, rather than to denounce various religions, which is the prevailing trend.

                  • Oops…sorry. I thought I was responding to another commentator, not you, Manowar. That’s why I mentioned your name in my response.

  2. Despite not growing up in that era, I love Sly and Arnold. I love almost all their films but their stuff just doesn’t sell anymore. Its a bygone era. I think the guys on the podcast have mentioned it before but most audiences don’t scramble to the theater to see dudes, especially old dudes run around with machine guns, in car chases while spouting out cheesy one-liners. Fast and Furious works because its the Avengers with cars. People want different action, high flying heavy CGI superhero action.

    • I think that Arnold understands this and he clearly doesn’t take himself seriously anymore. He is having fun with his movies with a lot of tongue in cheek humor pointed at the characters he used to play. Sly on the other hand doesn’t seem to understand that he is done and keeps trying to reclaim his past glory. It is sad to watch.

    • Clint Eastwood, at 78, had a 148+ million dollar (domestic) and 269+ million dollar (worldwide) movie with Gran Torino. Arnold can still do it, with the right movie. I believe that movie could be Legend of Conan, if done right, meaning no campiness, but rather, dramatic and serious.

      • If Arnolds back for Legend Conan, that movie will totally be campy. Maybe not intentionally but we’ll see. I just think its weird they’re just gonna completely ignore Mamoa’s Conan. Makes sense, I’ve not seen it but I’ve heard terrible things about it.

        • Conan the Barbarian, with Arnold, is still the best, and my understanding is that Legend of Conan is supposed to be more in keeping with that than either its sequel, Conan the Destroyer, or the Mamoa version. Conan the Destroyer was bad, as was the Mamoa version. Arnold, with his accent and physique at the time, was more believable in the role. Legend of Conan is supposed to be about the aged Conan, so he should fit right well back into it.

          They just have to stay away from the temptation to include any humor in it.

      • Clint Eastwood is a great actor actually though.

        • Agreed. Was not comparing their talent, just their charisma and popularity.

  3. These guys predicted “im in love with a church girl” to do 450,000 tops. It made over a 1,000,000! Good job not adding that info to the article!

    • We don’t predict box office dollars we only predict placement in the top 5. I think the 450 you are referring to from the prediction post is the number of screens I’m in Love with a Church Girl was showing on.

      As far as not adding it in this post, we haven’t covered the film before and, as you mentioned, it only made $1 million this weekend ($2,243/screen average).

  4. Funny how the only horror movie of the year coming out during horror’s most important month only comes in at #3. I did notice my theater seemed a little empty. Maybe people just weren’t that interested in it. Shame, I thought it was decent.

    • Same here I really enjoyed Carrie, thought it was great actually

  5. Maybe there will be no more of

  6. Let’s face it; Arnold and Stallone can’t bring in the audiences these days. Not even in a flick that they both star in.

    Things change. Today’s younger audiences don’t care. They want new and fresh talent. That’s just reality.

    Time moves on ever forward.

    “Carrie” rocked. If it wasn’t for “Gravity” is surely would have hit #1.

    Since it’s the one horror film out this month, it should stay up on top for another few weeks. Halloween, ya know….

  7. One can only hope this is the last we see of Benedict Cumberbatch in a lead role
    Holy sh*t
    People keeps pushing him down everyone throat like he was a star

    • Benedict Cumberbatch is an amazing actor, and even the film is being panned his performance is not. If you don’t recognize his talent you don’t know your movies then honestly.

      And, he is a star. After this amazing year he has had you can bet were gonna see loads more of him and I can’t wait. Might even get a Oscar nomination soon for The Imitation Game.

  8. I wanted to see both Gravity and Escape Plan, but chose Gravity in 3D instead because of the great reviews and word of mouth. I will definitely be seeing Escape Plan this week, though. Thankfully the new theater has opened in my town, so now I can go to movies again without driving 20 miles to see them!

    Gravity was freaking awesome, I would not be surprised if it was #1 for a couple more weeks.

  9. I saw Escape plan and I thought it was awesome! Disappointed to see it not do that well. I liked it so much I would go see it again.

  10. I was hoping Escape Plan would do better aswell. Haven’t seen it yet but I do question Arnold trying revive the Terminator franchise at his age. Especially if the that film is set to be released for 2015. I give both credit for wanting to give all they got before they officially retire from action films.

  11. I saw “Carrie” and loved it. Was it necessary in terms of a remake? No, of course not. Was it neat to see the story updated to consider the modern state of bullying and to see better effects? Definitely.

    Easily, a 3.5-3.75/5 for me.

    I enjoyed the 3D “Gravity” and hope (FINALLY) to see it in IMAX 3D…

  12. Escape Plan was suprisingly very good, a lot more leaner ans suspensful than the Expendables. It was far more watchable and compelling tht Screen Rant’s review of it suggests. I think the review missed a lot of the film’s good qualities.

    Stallone and Scwarzenegger actually have a good chemistry and I would pay to watch another movie with those two again.