“Gravity” remains high above the competition

Carrie

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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‘Evil Dead’ takes in a lively $30.5 million, ‘Jurassic Park’ pulls in $21 million

T-Rex, phone home.

Everything old was new again at this week’s box office as a pair of old favorites dominated in the U.S and abroad.

The remake of Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead’ made $30.5 million in it’s opening week, including $4.5 million from overseas markets, according to Hollywood Reporter. Critics may have bashed the remake of the 1981 horror classic, but it didn’t keep a primarily male audience away. The film follows five friends who find evil spirits inside of a cabin. I mean, really what did they expect to find?

The dinosaurs may be gone, but they still have a heckuva bite. The 20th Anniversary re-release of “Jurassic Park” took in $18.2 million for Universal to place fourth in the box office. The dinos gone wild flick proved to be more of a monster with it’s 3D makeover. If crowds didn’t get enough prehistoric action, Jurassic Park in 3D hits Blue-Ray/DVD in two weeks and Jurassic Park IV is scheduled to open in theaters in June of 2014.

Speaking of people running from dinosaurs, the animated hit “The Croods” proved to have a lot of caveman love left to give earning the No. 2 spot and breaking the $300 million mark in worldwide receipts. Only “Oz the Great and Powerful” has accomplished that feat in 2013. The Bruce Willis/The Rock gun fest “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is running neck and neck with “The Croods” for the week earning $21.1 million. “Gi.I. Joe” has earned $231.9 million in worldwide receipts and is well on it’s way to beating 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”

Rounding out the top ten:
5. Olympus Has Fallen – $10 million
6. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – $10 million
7. Oz the Great and Powerful – $8.2 million
8. The Host – $3.5 million
9. The Call – $3.5 million
10. Admission – $2.1 million

  

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Harry Potter and the rodents of surprising popularity

I’m still very much at at Comic-Con so I’m going to be keeping this one simple.

As usual, my Thursday preview was wrong, wrong, wrong.  “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” only managed an estimated $30 million, somewhat below the $31 million Carl DiOrio suggested as a kind of “floor.”

Meanwhile, the poorly reviewed but family-friendly guinea pigs of “G-Force” showed extra strength and became the highest grossing film with a weekend take of somewhere in the neighborhood of $32.2  million. That marks a new success for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who certainly has a history of high profitability, medium-to-low quality hits like the “Pirates of the Carribbean” and the “CSI” franchise, to name only two of the more recent examples.

Harry and Hermione ponder the impermanence of the #1 spotIt’s possible that the progression of the Potter story arc makes the films extremely safe bets but somewhat self-limiting to those who are not up to speed on the Potter epic. I hope it isn’t true that stronger than usual reviews somehow damage the sixth Potter film. Still, the news wasn’t all bad for the kid from Hogwarts, as the latest chapter in the story did win the international derby with $84.4 million.

The number 3 spot went to the film that many thought would take second. The R-rated rom-com, “The Ugly Truth,” seduced enough audience members to earn an estimated $27 million, which is not bad at all. “Orphan,” however, turned out to be the red-headed stepchild at the nation’s cinemas with a relatively forlorn $12.8 million, making it a somewhat disappointing weekend for movies involving young people from Warner Brothers.

  

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