In a month usually dominated by ghosts, monsters, and serial killers, it appears that a new form of terror has taken over October– outer space. Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller, Gravity has soared to the highest opening weekend in the month of October with $55.5 million, overtaking Paranormal Activity 3.
This year has seen a handful of original sci-fi films that have underperformed (Oblivion, After Earth, Pacific Rim, Elysium), but that streak seems to have been broken. What makes Gravity so different from the others? It had the smallest budget. The previous films had the advantage of being released in the summer. Gravity had Clooney, but his draw is nothing compared to Cruise and Smith. What caused the success will be up for debate in the next few days, but I believe it comes down to three things: 3D prices, great reviews (98% on Rotten Tomatoes as of the writing of this article), and Sandra Bullock bringing in female viewers.
Last week’s #1 film, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is holding up well with $21.5 million on the weekend. Its 10-day total is $60.5 million, which is practically identical to the first movie at the same point in time. The only other new wide-release, poker-thriller Runner Runner, opened up to a disappointing $7.6 million.
Rounding out the top five are last week’s #2 and #3 Prisoners and Rush with $5.7 and $4.4 million each.
Here is the weekend top ten according to estimates:
|2||Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2||$21.5m||$60.5m|
|8||Insidious Chapter 2||$3.8m||$74.7m|