Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 6, 2013

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Oct 6 Box Office Gravity Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 6, 2013

No force could hold back this weekend’s number 1 film, which set a new October box office record.

Opening at number 1 is Gravity (read our review) with a massive $55.6 million. Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller had strong word of mouth heading into the weekend, and is now in control of the best October opening ever.

Not only is Gravity a new October record holder, it also captured the largest 3D market share ever, ahead of James Cameron’s Avatar. Granted, there are far more 3D theaters available now than there were back in 2009, but clearly audiences were willing to pay a little extra for this one-of-a-kind movie-going experience.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is the number 2 film with a strong second weekend total of $21.5 million. Sony’s animated sequel is doing extremely well and has grossed $60 million thus far. Unfortunately, Cloudy 2 is at almost the exact total as its predecessor was after two weeks, despite a much better opening weekend.

In at number 3 is Runner Runner (read our review) with $7.6 million. Neither Ben Affleck nor Justin Timberlake could save this fairly generic thriller, which posted one of the worst tallies for a 3,000+ theater release. Luckily for Mr. Affleck, he has a little movie called Batman vs. Superman on the horizon, which should do wonders for his box office street cred. Runner Runner, on the other hand, will likely be forgotten by next weekend.

Justin Timberlake Ben Affleck Runner Runner Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 6, 2013

Prisoners is the number 4 film this weekend with $5.7 million. The Hugh Jackman drama/thriller has now eclipsed its $46 million budget with $47 million total.

Rounding out the top 5 is Rush with $4.4 million. Although the film jumped into the top 3 after going wide, it hasn’t hit the types of numbers Universal was presumably expecting. Rush might make back its $38 million budget, but not much more than that if it does.

The number 6 film, Don Jon, fell 52% in its second weekend and earned $4.16 million. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut did well in its opening weekend, but seems to have tapered off since then. The film is up to $16 million total.

The number 7 film this weekend is Baggage Claim with $4.12 million. Like Don Jon, the romantic comedy dropped over 50% and is now up to $15.2 million.

In at number 8 is Insidious Chapter 2 with $3.8 million, which brings its domestic total up to $74 million. Not bad for a film that only cost $5 million to make.

Insidious Chapter 2 Still Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 6, 2013

The romantic comedy Pulling Strings comes in at number 9 with $2.5 million on only 387 screens. Pulling Strings is the second 2013 film released under Lionsgate’s Pantelion label, which caters to Latin American moviegoers.

The other Pantelion film released this year, Instructions Not Included, went on to become the highest grossing Spanish language film in the US. While Pulling Strings won’t hit that high benchmark, the film did have the second best per-screen-average of the weekend, behind Gravity.

The indie comedy Enough Said jumped up to the number 10 spot with $2.1 million. James Gandolfini’s final film has been receiving mostly favorable reviews and has grossed $5 million after three weeks.

Outside the top 10: Parkland (read our review) made $335,000 on 357 screens for an average of $1,304/screen.


[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 7th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Gravity was intense! Really well made film with a great performance from Bullock.

  2. the only reason gravity has strong 3d sales is because no theaters are showing it in 2D… (at least in germany)

    • The closest theater that has it in 2D is out of town for me lol.

      • Hey @ ColdSc I actually ended up seeing it in IMAX3D. It was really great! First time seeing a 3D movie without any complaints. I usually abhor 3D flicks but this movie was an experience man. It deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible and if its 3D dont worry its actually good that way.

        I thought I should let you know cuz I was complaining about 3D flicks to you in another thread. I stand by those complaints but Gravity was a perfect movie for 3D. I dont know how to explain it, it was just cooler in 3D.

        • I’ve heard some pretty good things but every time I hear the 3D is good for a film, it always ends up meaning it doesn’t get in the way of the viewing lol. Though I’ll take your word for it, I’ll try and catch it in IMAX 3D this coming Wednesday, it’s my day off!

          • Let me know what you think, I hope you like it!

  3. Gravity was the best of the year for me.

    • I agree. Visually it’s the best I’ve seen in awhile

    • such an amazing movie.

      • Best visuals since avatar, and the best spacr film of all time for. Just eclipsing apollo 13

  4. Oh man, I need to get my behind inside a theater to see Gravity ASAP!

    • In 3D or imax 3D
      This is the kind of movie you can’t see at home
      This is an event a theater movie

      Gravity is our wizard of oz or 2001 a space odyssey

      I understand now what 1939 audience felt when they saw the tornado in the wizard of oz

      • I ended up seeing this in 3D) of which I’m not normally fan of) and it was sooooo immersive!! I literally almost felt like I was asphyxiating with the character at one point. Amazing movie!!!

        • I’m guessing the way you guys are describing the experience is similar to my comments to friends about Pacific Rim being one of those movies you have to see in IMAX to truly appreciate how brilliant it is.

  5. There were like 3 showing in 2D as opposed to 15 showings in 3D where I was at
    The movie was freaking great in 3D by the way

    In 2001 a space odyssey, Kubrick started with monkeys learning how to evolve and then match cut millions year later to a space adventure

    This movie started with a space adventure, then ended with bullock character swimming out of the sea and struggling to walk on dry land just like the first reptiles and primates and our ancestors

    Great movie
    George Clooney is so cool… This is how astronauts really act
    They’re crazy, cool but smart
    Go see the right stuffs by Phillip Kauffman
    Clooney reminded me of Dennis quaid character

    • Shouldn’t this count as a spoiler?

      I mean, dude, it’s not out here for another month. I really didn’t need to know the ending.

      • Believe me
        I didn’t soil anything

        • But you did spoil the end…

  6. Aw man! now i really want to see this in theaters, but i have no money!!!

  7. Sad thing is, I have to wait until Gravity releases on November 8th here in the UK before I can watch it in IMAX 3D.

    At least I’ll have Thor the week before to tide me over but still, the wait is killing me.

  8. I am starting to think that Alfonso Cuaron would be a great fit for an Aquaman movie. If he can replicate the same success of outer space in an underwater movie then it will be an amazing film. Come on DC/WB. Let’s get this done

    • Not sure why people say that. Cuaron focuses on human frailty and survival (see “children of men”) I don’t see how he would do a superhero movie.

      • True but I seem to like his vision and feel it could translate very nicely in a CBM. Is it going to happen? I doubt it because of his area of work but right now I would take him over a Snyder. All of this is wishful thinking of course because I doubt we are going to get a Aquaman movie anytime soon