‘Gravity’ Soars to $100 Million Worldwide

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3D space epic earned a strong $6.6 million Tuesday domestically

Warner Bros.’ 3D hit isn’t ready to come back to Earth just yet.

After setting an October record this past weekend at the U.S. box office, “Gravity” crossed the $100 million mark globally on Tuesday.

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the space drama earned an additional $6.6 million Tuesday in the U.S. — almost unheard of for midweek in October — bringing its domestic total to $68.4 million.

“Gravity’s” foreign cume, meanwhile, currently stands at $35.8 million.

Cuaron’s long-gestating space drama benefited from 3D ticket sales in its debut weekend (80% of the pic’s sales last weekend were for the 3D version) in addition to strong word of mouth.

“October is strong, but not a lot of people have taken a shot at it,” Warner domestic distribution prexy Dan Fellman told Variety. “To jump out at 80% (in 3D) opening weekend is phenomenal.”

The film’s $55.6 million weekend launch, a career best for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, eclipsed October’s previous record of $52.6 million, set by “Paranormal Activity 3” in 2011.

The $80 million-budgeted “Gravity” should have plenty left in the gas tank, both domestically and internationally in coming weeks. “Gravity” expands from overseas 27 markets over the next month and is expected to keep a stronghold Stateside this weekend as it battles Sony’s adult thriller “Captain Phillips” with Tom Hanks.

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  1. Dre Hund says:

    Gravity’s Cinefex issue will be tough to get with all this hype. I’d like to see The Abyss re-released in IMAX. Outstanding film. Speaking of effects, those bots in Transformers were superbly rendered and animated. That was a breakthrough for me. And the choreography of the moves was fabulous. Did you think the earth looked a bit too soft in Gravity?

  2. Tim says:

    1. Most of these (SPACE) movies do WELL! (STAR TREK, STAR WARS)!

    2. People are FASCINATED about SPACE travel!

    3. And a LOT of people grew up watching (STAR TREK) and STAR WARS!

    4. And they say this movie GRAVITY, REALLY makes YOU feel like you are in SPACE!

  3. LOL says:

    If this movie really did cost $80 million to produce, then it highlights the exploitation the film industry engages in when it comes to the creative visual effects workforce. These guys are massively overworked and badly monetarily rewarded, it seems.

    Considering how dependant modern American cinema is on VFX, Hollywood should show them more respect.

    • As a member of the VFX crew on Gravity, I didn’t work a single hour of overtime, and I, like most VFX artists working in London, was paid well for my work on the show.

      Save your crusade for an occasion where it’s actually relevant.

      • john doe vfx says:

        Leigh, I’ve read this sentiment from you muliple times over the years. And i appreciate the hard work you guys did in your department. And im happy to hear you personally didnt do any overtime.

        But thats not true for a large portion of the crew. As someone who was part of the show from the very inception to the final delivery, its still a massive issue of ever shrinking budgetts, which in turn stretches the crew to make ends meet. I suggest you chat to the seq lead lighters, lead compers and the shepperton crew about overtime. Especially the latter.

        Allthough, Alfonso DID put us on top of the credits. Thats a humble start.

  4. Mubashir says:

    Seen on 4th itself at IMAX , awesommmm and award winning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. David says:

    Just saw it on IMAX here in NYC. It was crowded for an 11:40 AM show on a weekday. There were more than a few businessmen in suits in the audience, which i found amusing. Great film. I’m sure the word of mouth will create a long running hit.

  6. Michael says:

    Well deserved. “Gravity” is amazing. I hope it becomes an Awards season front runner.

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