Glowing reviews out of Venice and Telluride are clearly helping Gravity build buzz. In a survey conducted by Fandango, the sci-fi flick held its own against bigger tentpoles coming out this fall.
The official release:
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today revealed the results of its "Most Anticipated Fall Movie Survey," in which The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, grabbed the top spot among all films released between September and the end of November. The poll - which surveyed thousands of moviegoers on Fandango during the last week of summer - also revealed that this may be a huge season for Chris and Liam Hemsworth, who individually star in three major Fall releases.
"This fall will see the Reign of the Brothers Hemsworth," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "with Chris starring in the Thor sequel and the racing drama, Rush and Liam deservedly getting more screen time in the Hunger Games sequel. It's rare in the history of cinema for two matinee idol brothers to so completely dominate the box office in the same season."
The Five Most Anticipated Fall Movies:
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (11/22), winning with 28% of vote
2. Thor: The Dark World (11/8), 21%
3. Gravity (10/4), 15%
4. Ender's Game (11/1), 4%
5. Carrie (10/18), 4%
Most Anticipated Male Performance of the Fall:
1. Chris Hemsworth: Thor: The Dark World, winning with 17% of vote
2. Leonardo Di Caprio: The Wolf of Wall Street, 13%
3. George Clooney: Gravity, 13%
4. Josh Hutcherson: Catching Fire, 12%
5. Liam Hemsworth: Catching Fire, 8%
Most Anticipated Female Performance of the Fall:
1. Jennifer Lawrence: Catching Fire, winning with 39% of vote
2. Sandra Bullock: Gravity, 21%
3. Natalie Portman: Thor: The Dark World, 8%
4. Meryl Streep: August: Osage County, 7%
5. Jennifer Hudson: Black Nativity, 4%
One Direction: This is Us ruled the box office in the band's home market, playing in a market-leading 1,045 screens and finishing the weekend with a $5.3 million take, including previews. The opening tally crushed the $3.7 million lifetime total of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, a film that only played in just over a third of the locations of the One Direction concert movie.
Elysium placed in second with a $1.9 million take that raises its two-week cume to $9.1 million. We're the Millers culminated its second weekend with a third place finish of $1.7 million, taking its cume to $6.3 million. Pain and Gain couldn't lift itself past a fourth place finish in its U.K. debut, settling for a $1.5 million bow.
Top Ten Films in the United Kingdom. August 30 - September 1, 2013
We're the Millers defeated a trio of Hollywood new releases to claim the top spot at the German box office. The raunchy comedy finished its opening run with a $2.4 million bow. Planes settled for second place with a $2.2 million debut. Mortal Instruments couldn't strike enough interest in its German premiere to move past the $1.6 million mark, but the weekend's biggest disappointment came in the $1.2 million bow from R.I.P.D. The supernatural buddy cop movie struggled during the weekend, where it failed to reach the million dollar mark. Despicable Me 2 rounds off the weekend's top ten chart with a $35 million cume.
Top Ten Films in Germany. August 30 - September 1, 2013
Miyazaki beat Superman to continue its run atop the Japanese box office. The famed anime filmmaker announced his retirement last week, making The Wind Rises the last film in his oeuvre. The Wind Rises has had a blockbuster run in Japan since its July 20 premiere, collecting a total of $90 million. This weekend's $3.4 million take pushed the film above Monsters University's $87.6 million cume. Man of Steel scored a $2.7 million opening weekend, reaching. $3.4 million bow once previews are factored in. The Superman reboot averaged $4,481 from 610 screens.
Top Ten Films in Japan. August 30 - September 1, 2013
A $2.5 million debut from Red 2 confirmed the veteran ensemble cast's star power in France last weekend. The previous entry in the franchise scored a comparable $2.8 million weekend opening weekend in 2010, reaching a $6.9 million cume by the end of its theatrical run. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters settled in second place for the weekend with a $1.9 million hold that pushes the film's total $10.7 million. The Percy Jackson sequel has already surpassed the $10.4 million grossed by its predecessor in France.
The Conjuring posted the weekend's best per-screen average, leading the market with a $7,626 tally from 243 locations. That brings the cume to $5.1 million after two weeks for the horror film, which is showing the potential for a lengthy run at the box office. One Direction: This is Us only played in 100 screens but packed theaters with a $6,845 per-screen average, finishing the weekend in second place within that category.
Now You See Me finished its first month in France with a $22.5 million cume. Elysium culminated its third frame with a $10.3 million total. The Smurfs 2 has been in release since July 31 and is currently playing in a market-leading 617 screens for a $16.1 cume. It is unlikely that the sequel will reach the $24.3 million grossed by its predecessor.
Top Ten Films in France. August 30 - September 1, 2013