Now true enough, Gravity has been steadily expanding each week to more markets around the world, so that can explain why this time it brought $37.7 million over the weekend, more than the $34.3 million last time around. With an international total of $164.4 million from 53 markets and the UK, China and Japan still left to open, Gravity is headed for at least $300 million. Including its mighty North American figures the sci-fi phenomenon could fly as high as $550-600 million worldwide by the time everything will be said and done. For now, less then a month in, Gravity has $367.4 million worldwide.
Running ahead of its predecessor in the same countries that opened it already, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 pulled a solid $17.9 million for an early $49.2 million international total. That’s $150.6 million worldwide so far, on its way to $250-300 million. Comparatively Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs grossed $243 million worldwide. That’s not exactly a Shrek ($484.4 million) to Shrek 2 ($919.8 million) bump in ticket sales, but a solid series nonetheless (as long as Sony can keep the budget in check). Let’s not forget what happened to Happy Feet, right?
Turbo is starting to save face around the world after a rather abysmal box office run stateside. With $14.3 million last weekend and $164.9 million internationally, the flick has pretty much doubled its $82.7 million domestic gross. So at $246.1 million worldwide and still counting, Turbo might eventually turn profitable for at least some of the parties involved in its making and distribution (it did cost $135 million to produce).
Once box office gold, Tom Hanks hasn’t had a hit under his belt in quite a long time outside of Toy Story or those Dan Brown adaptations, 9 years to be more exact (since 2004’s The Terminal and The Polar Express). That’s a lifetime in this business but fortunately for him Captain Phillips seems to be exactly the sort of movie he’s been missing all these years. Captain Phillips took $12.1 million for a very early cume of $26.7 million internationally. This true story will keep playing well into the holidays and beyond, pushing itself to $200 million or more worldwide (currently at $98.7 million, almost double its $55 million budget).
Escape Plan rounds out the top 5 with a soft $7 million. The Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner might have come a decade late for the former superstars. Still, with $46.6 million worldwide so far, Escape Plan is certainly playing better than Bullet to the Head ($9.5 million for Stallone) or The Last Stand ($45 million for Schwarzenegger) did earlier this year. So at least the duo has that tying them over until The Expendables 3 next summer.