No film could touch the reigning box office king on a weekend when most of the top 10 couldn't even gross more than $4 million.
In at number 2 is Captain Phillips (read our review) with $26 million. Although the film had stiff competition in the form of Gravity, the recent history subject matter and a strong marketing push from Sony proved too compelling for a lot of moviegoers to pass up.
Although it's been a few years since he's had a strong box office opening, Captain Phillips' box office performance proves that Tom Hanks is still a highly bankable star. And, based on early rumblings from critics, we might be hearing more about Hanks' performance come awards show time.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 held strong in the number 3 spot with $14 million. Sony's animated sequel has now matched its $78 million budget, but it's well behind its predecessor, which was tickling the $100 million mark at this point.
Opening at number 4 is Machete Kills (read our review) with $3.79 million. Heading into the weekend, estimates had Machete Kills pulling in about $10 million, but clearly audiences were less interested in the film.
While the first Machete wasn't exactly a blockbuster – opening with around $11 million – Open Road Films was likely expecting much more out of this sequel. Thankfully, the Machete premise lends itself well to a low budget, so perhaps the film could make its money back with a combination of box office returns and home video sales.
Rounding out the top 5 is Runner Runner with $3.72 million, which brings its domestic total up to a paltry $14 million after two weeks. Runner Runner is certainly not the worst box office performance for a Ben Affleck film, but it's a far stretch from last year's Oscar winner, Argo.
The Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman thriller Prisoners is the number 6 film with $3.6 million. The film is now up to $53 million after four weeks.
The number 7 film is Insidious: Chapter 2 with $2.65 million, up one spot from last weekend. We'd say for a horror sequel that only cost $5 million to make, a $78 million domestic gross after 5 weeks has the folks at Film District very happy.
Rush is the number 8 film with $2.364 million. Now at $22 million, it looks like this Ron Howard-directed biopic will not make back its $38 million budget. It could, however, potentially nab a few awards show nominations.
In at number 9 is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon with $2.34 million. The film has made $20 million after three weeks; not bad for a film that only cost $6 million to make.
Coming in at number 10 is Baggage Claim with $2 million, which brings the comedy's domestic total up to $18 million. After three weeks, the film has barely made a dent on the box office.
Outside the top 10: Romeo and Juliet (read our review) opened on 461 screens and made a very disappointing $509,000. The latest adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play, this one starring Hailee Steinfeld, could only manage a $1,104 per-screen-average.
[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 14th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo