Sunday, October 6, 2013

Auteur Power at the Box Office

Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity caused many a critic to foam at the mouth upon its premiere as the opening night presentation at the Venice Film Festival, further amping up the fuss at Telluride and Toronto.  There was much pressure all considering for distributor Warner Bros. to translate this risky (and expensive) auteurial experiment into a commercial success...for the good of not just industry dollars, but all cinematic kind.  My review will be up shortly, but lots went to theater this past weekend, prompting a new opening weekend record for the month of October.

  1. Gravity- $55.0 million (first weekend)
  2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs- $21.5 million / $60.5 million total
  3. Runner Runner- $7.6 million (first weekend)
  4. Prisoners- $5.7 million / $47.8 million total
  5. Rush- $4.4 million / $18.0 million total
  6. Don Jon- $4.1 million / $16.0 million total
  7. Baggage Claim- $4.1 million / $15.1 million total
  8. Insidious Chapter 2- $3.8 million / $74.7 million total
  9. Pulling Strings- $2.5 million (first weekend)
  10. Enough Said- $2.1 million / $5.3 million total

Blue Jasmine- $0.4 / $31.3 million total
Parkland- $0.3 (first weekend)
Wadjda- $0.1 / $0.3
A.C.O.D.- $20K (first weekend)
Concussion- $8K (first weekend)

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