​Gravity Collects $31 Million At Box Office​​

October 21, 2021

The film Gravity collected $31 million to lead the box office for a third straight weekend, becoming the first film this year to accomplish the feat in U.S. and Canadian theaters. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in the space thriller.

The movie has taken in $170.6 million since Oct. 4, researcher Rentrak Corp. (RENT) said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. Sony Corp. (6758)’s reboot of the horror classic “Carrie” came in third in its debut with $17 million, while “Captain Phillips,” with Tom Hanks finished second.

“Gravity,” about two astronauts cast adrift after a satellite explodes, has won critical praise for Bullock and director Alfonso Cuaron while packing in the audiences. The last film to lead for three weeks in a row was “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” also by Warner Bros., according to Rentrak. It was released on Dec. 14, 2012.

“It’s a direct reflection of good word of mouth,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “It doesn’t matter what the competition is. It steamrolls along.”

3-D tickets accounted for more than 80 percent of “Gravity’s” sales the first two weekends, according to Boxoffice.com, another researcher.

Made for $100 million, “Gravity” has helped lift Warner Bros. to No. 1 in domestic sales this year. Together with “Prisoners,” the kidnapping drama starring Hugh Jackman, “Gravity” has given Time Warner Inc. (TWX)’s studio the No. 1 film in four of the past five weekends.
Prom Queen

In “Gravity,” Bullock plays Ryan Stone, a new-to-space medical engineer, opposite Clooney, a veteran astronaut who talks Stone through her panic when debris from a satellite hits their shuttle and damages it. The two, left adrift, try to make it to a Chinese space station before their oxygen runs out.

“Carrie,” a remake of the 1976 Brian De Palma movie, stars Chloe Grace Moretz as the shy prom queen who unleashes supernatural terror on her small town after a humiliating prank. The picture, based on the novel by Stephen King, was made for $30 million, according to Box Office Mojo. It was projected to take in $24 million in its debut, according to BoxOffice.com, another researcher.

The remake “is never able to get past De Palma’s singular imprint to make a distinctive statement of its own,” wrote Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times.
Somali Pirates

“Captain Phillips,” the acclaimed Somali-pirate shipping drama, generated $17.3 million in ticket sales its second weekend, to place second for Sony. The movie is based on the true story of the hijacking of the U.S. cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, in 2009.