As expected, Gravity once again came in No. 1 this
weekend with $44 million. But what is even more remarkable is that the usual box
office drop off from the first week to the second for the film was only a mere 21%.
This means the word of mouth for the film is fantastic!
At this rate, the film will easily cross the $200 million mark domestically it’s already grossed some $200 million worldwide) and could domestically hit
$300 million or beyond. Of course, this is giving headaches to execs at Universal who originally had the project in
development, but gave it back to director Alfonso Cuaron who set it up at Warners.
Phillips, which was thought by some to be some real competition against
Gravity, came in second with a solid $26
Meanwhile this weekend’s other big release was the is-this-sequel-necessary Machete Kills which had a disastrous opening. In fact, it just flat out tanked big time, opening with under $4 million.
Considering that the first Machete film
only made a grand total of $44 million
worldwide, the questions that
immediately come to mind are: 1) was there even a demand for anyone to see
another one, and 2) when is director Robert
Rodriquez going to grow up?
Meanwhile George Tillman’s
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete opened with $260,000 at 147 screens: