Box Office: ‘Gravity’ Pulls Down Record Hold, With $44 Mil; ‘Captain Phillips’ Scores $26 Mil

3D share for Warner Bros.' space odyssey rises to 82%

As one of the biggest box office phenoms in recent years, Warner Bros.’ “Gravity” displayed outstanding pull with audiences in its second frame, dropping just 21%, with an estimated $44.3 million. Pic’s hold is the best-ever (during a non-holiday) for a film that opened to $55 million-plus domestically.

“Gravity” — which also scored the largest second weekend for Imax, with $9 million — soared to a boffo $123.4 million Stateside through Sunday.

Globally, the 3D space epic has amassed north of $190 million, with overseas contributing $68 million and counting.

In spite of the fantastic domestic hold for “Gravity,” Sony’s similarly adult-targeted “Captain Phillips” performed exceptionally well, grossing an estimated $26 million. The film’s debut is higher than “Argo,” which bowed this same weekend last year, with $19 million.

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“Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the real-life captain of the ship Maersk Alabama, who was held hostage by Somali pirates, received an ‘A’ CinemaScore — better than “Gravity,” which garnered an ‘A-‘ last weekend.

“With ‘Gravity’ in the market, an opening like this for ‘Captain Phillips’ speaks volumes to its potential longevity,” said Sony worldwide distribution prexy Rory Bruer. “I think Tom’s performance is one that everyone will want to see.”

For “Gravity,” which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, 3D boosted second frame totals in a big way: The film’s overall share in stereo actually rose to 82%, up from 80% during opening weekend. “Gravity” is experiencing stellar repeat business, driven by premium formats, including Imax 3D and other large-format presentations.

Imax has committed to playing “Gravity” on the majority of its screens through October. “Captain Phillps” screened this weekend on 45 Imax screens, averaging a modest $10,000 per screen.

Interestingly, neither “Gravity” nor “Captain Phillips” was able to prevent weekend totals from trailing this time last year, when three films (including “Argo”) opened to north of $10 million. “Taken 2” led in its second frame with $22 million.

This year, there were only three films which grossed more than $5 million — “Gravity,” “Captain Phillips” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” with an estimated $14.2 million. In three weeks, the Sony toon has grossed $78 million domestically.

The weekend’s top players received very little support from the other wide release, Open Road’s “Machete Kills,” which opened to a dismal estimated $3.8 million. Pre-weekend tracking projected the sequel, which Open Road paid $2 million to acquire from Aldamisa Entertainment, would gross between $8 million and $10 million.


Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Locations; Per-theater average; Cume*; Percentage change

  1. Gravity (2): $44.3; 3,660; $12,094; $123.4; -21%
  2. Captain Phillips (1): $26.0; 3,020;j $8,609; $26.0; —
  3. Cloudy With … Meatballs 2 (3): $14.2; 3,874; $3,665; $78.0; -32%
  4. Machete Kills (1): $3.8; 2,538; $1,496; $3.8; —
  5. Runner Runner (2): $3.7; 3,026; $1,231; $14.1; -52%
  6. Prisoners (4): $3.7; 2,855; $1,284; $53.6; -36%
  7. Insidious Chapter 2 (5): $2.7; 2,156; $1,229; $78.4; -32%
  8. Rush (4): $2.4; 2,130; $1,110; $22.2; -47%
  9. Don Jon (3): $2.3; 1,996; $1,172; $20.1; -44%
  10. Baggage Claim (3): $2.1; 1,320; $1,572; $18.3; -49%


Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Territories; Screens; Int’l cume*; Global cume*; Percentage change

  1. Gravity (2): $28.0; 38; 5,700; $68.0; $191.4; -1%
  2. Stalingrad (1): $15.5; 2; 1,570; $15.5; $15.5; —
  3. Despicable Me 2 (17): $10.1; 40; 2,500; $522.1; $885.2; +102%
  4. Cloudy With … Meatballs 2 (3): $9.1; 32; 2,900; $21.4; $99.4; +15%
  5. Prisoners (4): $7.4; 42; 1,000+; $22.6; $76.2; +30%

*in millions of $

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  1. Thomas says:

    I haven’t yet seen Gravity, as I live in the UK.

    I’ll admit I was a bit taken to read what James Cameron had to say about the film, about it being apparently the greatest ever space film ever made – however, I will also admit that regardless of however technically true that statement is, by all looks and appearances, this film at least deserves a such statement.

    This is one film I am actually looking forward to – never mind any of the commercial crap like Batman vs Superman, or Iron Man 3, or Star Trek Into darkness, etc and etc, finally, finally…….a 90 minute film, of pure intelligent thrill and wonder.

    Now please, if only……..can we have a Rendezvous with Rama?

  2. Gravity is a spectacular and amazing movie (that’s why it’s a big success) but is absolutely and completely FAR from reality!

    • harleyb says:

      Buzz aldren said it was fairly accurate. I read another astronaut that said the big problem was that in space you can’t just aim at something and fly to it the physics are nowhere near that linear. To line up and connect with something else in space it takes a whole day of adjusting and re adjusting.

  3. harleyb says:

    The movie is amazing. These people upset about the script missed the point. Its like saying the script is bad in a porn.

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