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.

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.

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