Weekend B.O. Oct.4-6 (‘Gravity’ Hits A Record + The Mystery That Is Justin Timberlake)

Weekend B.O. Oct.4-6 ('Gravity' Hits A Record + The Mystery That Is Justin Timberlake)

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

And of that $55.9 million, just over $11 million came from IMAX screenings, which was also an October record for IMAX theaters as

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

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
, 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

1) Gravity WB $55,550,000 
2) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sony $21,500,000  Total: $60,557,000 
3) Runner Runner Fox $7,600,000 
4) Prisoners WB $5,700,000 Total: $47,880,000 
5) Rush Uni. $4,408,000 Total: $18,095,000
6) Don Jon Rela. $4,160,000 Total: $16,077,000 
7) Baggage Claim FoxS $4,125,000 Total: $15,185,000 
8) Insidious Chapter 2 FD $3,876,000 -Total: $74,750,000 
9) Pulling Strings LGF $2,500,000 
10) Enough Said FoxS $2,150,000 Total: $5,387,000 
11) Instructions Not Included LGF $1,850,000 Total: $41,266,000
12) We’re the Millers WB $1,610,000 Total: $144,900,000  

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"Timberlake is not a movie star, never was, and never will be."
But when will he receive that revelation???

Accidental Visitor

Despite some flaws in the script "Gravity" is still a tremendous film to see on the big screen. It's effect on the small screen (at home on TV or computer) pobably won't be as impactful but so what? 2001, Lawrence of Arabia, Die Hard, etc are also probably much better for the moviescreen as well. I don't have a problem with Hollywood providing us with larger than life tales that NEED to be seen on the largest screens. There is nothing wrong with a smart, well-done popcorn flicks that entertain and remind us of how magical films can be through their abilities to transport us to fantastical places.

By the way when I saw the film I had to sit through what seemed like a hundred trailers. Thor. Ender's Game. The Hobbit sequel. Captain Phillips. The new Jack Ryan movie. Ronin 47. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I may be missing one or two. What stood out to me was that all of these trailers were for films that appeared to be dominated by male characters and all of them at the very least had a male lead (and this isn't including alreadry released mainstream movies like The Prisoner and Rush). And here I was about to watch the lone, current, bigtime mainstream Hollywood picture in which the lead was female and there are no other similar female-starring vehicles (no, rom-coms don't count) that I can recall on the horizon (next month or so).


How? What I want to know is how a movie as gimmicky-looking and contrived as Gravity manages to be so successful. I mean, it looks awesome from a technical standpoint, but what would make anyone want to see the story? The story just seems lame, and Sandra Bullock's acting is always pretty mediocre. Not to mention George Clooney's one-note acting. Are we Americans that flipping gullible? From those numbers, I guess so.


Well, I'm glad Baggage Claim at least made their money back.


Gravity was fun but its hard to ignore all of the contrived coincidences.


This is a pretty harrowing technical achievement but a completely pedestrian script and narrative that is almost embarrassing. I just can't imagine that this film would be as well received (by critics or audiences) if it wasn't so beautiful to look at because the script is just a mess. It really kind of shows how blinded by beauty and "OMG, good effects" some critics can be. The screenplay leaves so much to be desired and just doesn't work frankly.


I love, love, love Justin Timberlake but I am not and never will be here for him as an actor. He's great on SNL but is flat in dramatic stuff and has a tender speaking voice that refuses to be taken seriously. That being said, I think Runner Runner bombed because it had the look, feel, and ad campaign of a crappy film that was just being dumped in theaters. Seemed like a straight to DVD flick that they decided to open on a whim because Justin & Ben are so hot right now.

Can't wait to see Gravity, though.

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