Box Office: High-Profile Newcomers Still Falling to ‘Gravity’

Gravity Movie

'Carrie' scaring up OK sum; 'Fifth Estate' just scary

Between the two of them, the remake of a 1976 horror classic and a controversial thriller about the founder of Wikileaks couldn’t pull “Gravity” out of its orbit. The space drama is set to earn just north of $30 million in its third weekend in release.

That is only a 28% drop from last weekend, which itself was only 21% off the film’s opening and broke the record for best week-over-week hold for a non-holiday film. With an added $9.1 million from Friday, “Gravity” has cumed $148.6 million to-date domestically.

The success story of “Gravity” sits opposite this weekend’s bomb, Disney and DreamWorks’ “The Fifth Estate,” which is now looking at less than $2 million this frame from 1,769 locations. That will put it in eighth place for the weekend despite ample press — albeit, some of which was negative reviews — and topical subject matter, though evidently not a subject that interests moviegoers.

“Fifth Estate” earned a meager $587,000 Friday.

Carrie” opened in second Friday with $6.6 million. The MGM and Sony-Screen Gems retread is now expected to earn about $15 million this frame, just beneath the studio’s expectations for $18 million.

In typical horror fashion, Friday was likely “Carrie’s” best showing of the weekend, and it is expected to be unseated by another Sony release, “Captain Phillips.” The pirate drama earned $5.2 million Friday, and is headed toward a $16 million frame.

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  1. The Kingslayer says:

    Carrie looks just like the DePalma version and from all the reviews I’ve read it is.

  2. stu freeman says:

    Mark: How is that known? Are Friday’s returns sufficient to determine that the whole weekend is lost?

  3. stu freeman says:

    It was a foolish decision to have Fifth Estate open wide. Good or bad the movie is a specialty item and Disney/Dreamworks should have treated it as such. A few theaters in NY, LA, SF and Toronto- let it build (or not) from there. Also, what’s happening with the Stallone/Schwarzenegger Escape Plan? If it doesn’t open huge it will likely be a bust- and I’m hoping for the latter.

  4. Jim Badger says:

    Nothing new going on here…make a powerful / credible film about characters we care about , filmed excellently and focused on those characters, you have a hit. This will always be the case.

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