'Gravity' Still #1 With $12.7 Million on Friday, 'Captain Phillips' Impresses with $8.5 Million

on October 12, 2013 by Shawn Robbins
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Warner Bros. reports that Gravity added $12.715 million to its haul on Friday, cementing its hold on the top spot in its sophomore weekend. Yesterday's gross represents a stellar 27.3 percent drop from opening day and pushes the domestic cume up to $91.85 million in its first eight days. BoxOffice projects Gravity will accumulate $45 million this weekend, cracking the $100 million domestic threshold on Saturday.

Sony's Captain Phillips is off to a great start all its own: the true story thriller bowed to $8.5 million on Friday and is on course for a strong $26.5 million debut weekend. That marks Tom Hanks' best opening weekend since 2009's Angels & Demons bagged $46.2 million. Strong critical reception (currently 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and the promise of seeing Hanks in his first widely acclaimed role in years proved to intrigue general audiences, which is especially noteworthy given how much market demand is already being eaten up by Gravity. Early word of mouth is strong, too, with Flixster voters holding the pic at a 92 percent approval rating thus far--only a few points below  Phillips' final anticipation rating before release.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 continues to take advantage of its monopoly on the family and kiddie audiences, dropping 23.8 percent from last Friday to $3.575 million yesterday. The film's domestic total stands at $67.4 million, about 2.8 percent behind the pace of its predecessor. Cloudy 2 is projected to rake in $14.5 million for its third weekend.

Machete Kills didn't fare so well in its opening. Pulling a disappointing $1.4 million yesterday, 63.8 percent lower than the first movie's $3.87 million first day, the campy sequel is targeting a $4 million opening frame. This marks a significant drop-off from the original's $11.4 million first weekend back in 2011, once again signaling that "sequels for the sake of sequels" just aren't what audiences are looking for right now. Machete Kills had been trailing Kick-Ass 2 in online buzz activity leading up to release, making this tepid opening a bit less surprising. Critical reception is significantly poorer than the first film, while audience word of mouth seems to be falling in line: its Flixster score is currently at 61 percent, already 2 percent below that of its predecessor, and dropping.

Meanwhile, opening in limited release this weekend was the modern retelling of Romeo & Juliet. That pic earned $192,000 from 461 theaters on Friday. BoxOffice projects a $550,000 weekend.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris

Tags: Gravity, Captain Phillips, Machete Kills, Romeo & Juliet, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
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