“Gravity” remains high above the competition

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Even a classic horror remake couldn’t take down a couple of middle-aged astronauts.

It seems the only thing scaring up the box office this week was “Gravity” starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The story of the duo lost in space held on to the top box office spot for the third straight week, a feat accomplished on twice this year. Gravity managed to earn $31 million this weekend blowing away the competition.

Tom Hanks got a step closer to another Oscar nod with the pirates drama “Captain Phillips” which continued to connect with audiences to the briny tune of $17.3 million earning the No. 2 spot.

The horror remake “Carrie” starring Chloe Grace Moretz scared up a tidy $17 million for the third spot in its opening week. Analysts had expected it to open closer to $25 million, but audiences were more excited about going to space than to the prom.

Rounding out the top 5 was the animated sequel “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” with 10.1 million for fourth place. “Escape Plan” starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzennegger proved that 80s action stars still have some juice as it opened with $9.8 million for fifth place.

  

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