UPDATE: ‘Gravity’ Strong with Nearly $40 Million in Second Orbit

'Captain Phillips' strong in No. 2 position with $24 million

Despite the bow of Tom Hanks’ well-reviewed “Captain Phillips,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” continues to breathe heavily at the domestic box office.

According to early ticket sales, Sandra Bullock 3D space drama was off just 34% Friday afternoon and rising to nearly $40 million this weekend for its second consecutive No. 1.

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The Warner Bros. hit has already generated over $100 million worldwide and marks the best start of both Bullock and co-star George Clooney’s careers.

Online ticket site Fandango indicates that “Gravity” is outselling all second weekend performers in 2013 aside from Disney/Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which earned a monster $72 million in its sophomore frame.  3D and Imax premium prices are only boosting “Gravity” sales.

Sony’s “Captain Phillips,” meanwhile, is hardly adrift in the No. 2 position.

The modern-day pirate adventure film, having already amassed $600,000 Thursday, could earn a brawny $24 million this weekend.

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The “Gravity”-“Captain Phillips” duo reps one of the strongest showings from adult audiences all year. Both pics, rated PG-13, skew to the 25-over crowd and are lavishly benefiting from positive reviews.

“Captain Phillips” is directed by Paul Greengrass and tells the true story of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates.

Also bowing wide this weekend is Open Road’s “Machete Kills,” which observers expect to gross between $7 million and $9 million. Open Road acquired Robert Rodriguez’s sequel for $2 million from Aldamisa Entertainment.

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