Warner's Gravity took in $5.35 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The Alfonso Cuarón directed 3D sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance. Gravity was easily the week's top film with an impressive $79.13 million seven-day start. That is significantly above pre-release expectations and places the film 29 percent ahead of the $61.49 million seven-day start of The Heat earlier this year. Based on the size of its midweek grosses, Gravity is widely expected to remain comfortably in first place this weekend.
Sony's Captain Phillips was off to a very solid late night start with an estimated $0.60 million from shows that began at 8 p.m. on Thursday night. As is commonplace, those grosses are expected to be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. Based on the film's late night start, Captain Phillips should have no problem claiming second place over the weekend. Check back throughout the weekend for further box office updates on the progress of Captain Phillips, Gravity and the rest of this weekend's line-up.
Turning back towards Thursday, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 held steady in second place with $0.98 million. Sony's 3D computer animated sequel was up 21 percent over Wednesday and down a very healthy 9 percent from last Thursday. Cloudy 2 placed in second for the week with $24.78 million. That was down 37 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very solid $63.84 million. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is currently running 3 percent behind the $65.92 million twelve-day take of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Fox's Runner Runner rounded out its first week in theatres with a $0.55 million third place take on Thursday. The crime thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck was down a sharp 12 percent from Wednesday, as the film appears to have taken a hit from the late night launch of Captain Phillips. Runner Runner placed in third for the week with just $10.39 million. That was below the film's already modest expectations was especially disappointing given that the film represents Affleck's first post-Argo wide release.