No matter how you slice it Gravity is a major hit and deservedly so.
The film grossed a whopping $55.6 million making it the biggest October opening for any film ever, beating out the previous record holder, 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3, which made $52.6 million in its opening weekend.
And of that $55.9 million, just over $11 million came from IMAX screenings, which was also an October record for IMAX theaters as well.
The film is also the biggest opening for Sandra Bullock (who, with the huge b.o. successes of The Heat, The Blind Side and The Proposal, is currently the biggest female movie star bar none) and George Clooney.
Runner Runner with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake flat-out bombed, with a measly $7.6 million, proving yet again that, as an actor Affleck is a terrific director, and Timberlake is not a movie star, never was, and never will be.
Yeah sure, some people will say that he’s funny when he’s on Saturday Night Live, but seriously, a loaf of Wonder Bread has more charisma and personality than Timberlake (and some would say more flavor as well). They keep putting him in movies, and audiences keep saying, we’re not interested. What scandalous pictures of some producers or studio executives does he have? They must be really shocking.
As for Baggage Claim, the film dropped over 50% down to 7th place, and though Lee Daniel’s The Butler has slipped out of the top ten, it’s still raking in dough, with a total, so far, of $112.4 million.