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"Gravity" Floats to the Top of Weekend Box Office

Gravity defied gravity this past weekend. Rather than sinking to the bottom of the period's box-office charts, it soared to position No. 1. The debuting movie took in $55.6 million in gross ticket receipts, according to industry tracker Box Office Mojo, giving it the record high for any title opening in October. Gravity is distributed by Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) subsidiary Warner Bros.

The distant No. 2 was last week's champion, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. The animated sequel raked in $21.5 million, Box Office Mojo said, putting a few dollars into the treasure chest of Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) via its Columbia distribution unit.

The only other debuting movie in the top five was the poorly reviewed thriller Runner Runner, which, according to Box Office Mojo figures, sold $7.6 million worth of tickets. That's considered a disappointment, particularly in light of the film's estimated $30 million production budget. Twenty-First Century Fox's (NASDAQ: FOX  ) Twentieth Century Fox is the distributor.

Nos. 4 and 5 were a pair of single-word titles already in release -- Prisoners and Rush. Box Office Mojo said the former, a dark crime drama, took in $5.7 million over the weekend. Ticket receipts for the period Formula 1 racing saga Rush dropped by more than 50% on a week-over-week basis, coming in at $4.4 million. Prisoners is distributed by Warner Bros. and Rush by Comcast's (NASDAQ: CMCSA  ) Universal.


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  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 11:50 PM, conbug wrote:

    "Gravity" was just OK. More hype than Great. "RUSH" is still the best film this year thus far. People should be buying tickets to "Rush" which is a great film.

  • Report this Comment On October 07, 2013, at 3:15 PM, RealEstate19 wrote:

    Hey its great and amazing stuff :D I mean I've watched this movie and it was fun. I wasnt expecting to get on top of weekends box office though. Erik i mean you did great by writing it up some crazy movie fans like would have been pleased.

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Eric Volkman

Eric has been writing about stocks and finance since the mid-1990s, when he lived in Prague, Czech Republic. Over the course of a varied career, he has also been a radio newscaster, an investment banker, and a bass player in a selection of rock and roll bands. A native New Yorker, he currently lives in Los Angeles.

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