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by Peter Knegt
October 7, 2013 11:35 AM
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'Gravity' Finally Takes George Clooney's Opening Weekend Record Away From 'Batman & Robin,' But Can It Top 'Oceans' For His Best Overall?

Beyond breaking the box office record for best opening in October, best opening in the Autumn, and best opening ever for a Sandra Bullock film, "Gravity" had the distinction of finally taking George Clooney's debut weekend record away from... "Batman & Robin"? Yep, somehow Clooney's career -- which has clearly improved post-"Batman," had never offered him an opening weekend of over $45 million until "Gravity" came along. The closest that came to it was Joel Schumacher's final nail in the first "Batman" series, which ended up a huge disappointment when it finished with a $107.3 mlilion final gross.

Notably, Clooney's been something of a grower at the box office. While "Batman" is his highest opening weekend, it comes in at #5 in terms of final grosses, and will surely be #6 within a week or two given the promise "Gravity" has shown. So while topping "Batman" is a given, can "Gravity" end up beating out the "Ocean's" films and "The Perfect Storm"? It's quite likely. Though in doing so it would become the first film released in October to ever gross over $170 million.

Here's Clooney's top 10 overall grossers below, ranked by unadjusted final gross. "Gravity" is already #10 -- outgrossing "Syriana," "Michael Clayton," "O Brother Where Art Thou," "The Ides of March" and "The American" in just 3 days (note that the adjusted numbers are listed too -- and that's where it will be tough for "Gravity" to rise to the too). Keep in mind of the 10 films listed, "Gravity" is also the only one where Clooney isn't the lead role. And it's probably safe to say he is not the #1 (or #2) reason most folks saw the film.

Warner Bros. "Ocean's Eleven"

1. Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Opening Weekend: $38.1 million
Final Gross: $183.5 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $261.7 million)

2. The Perfect Storm (2000)
Opening Weekend: $41.3 million
Final Gross: $182.7 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $276.5 million)

3. Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Opening Weekend: $39.2 million
Final Gross: $125.5 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $163.9 million)

4. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Opening Weekend: $36.1 million
Final Gross: $117.2 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $163.9 million)

5. Batman and Robin (1997)
Opening Weekend: $42.9 million
Final Gross: $107.3 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $190.8 million)

6. Up In The Air (2009)
Opening Weekend: $1.2 million
Final Gross: $83.9 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $87.6 million)

7. The Descendants (2011)
Opening Weekend: $1.2 million
Final Gross: $82.6 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $85.6 million)

8. Three Kings (1999)
Opening Weekend: $15.9 million
Final Gross: $60.7 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $97.3 million)

9. Burn After Reading (2008)
Opening Weekend: $19.1 million
Final Gross: $60.4 million
(Adjusted For Inflation: $68.6 million)

10. Gravity (2013)
Opening Weekend: $55.6 million
Final Gross: ??? (though we'd bet around $200 million)


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