‘Gravity’ Posts Out of This World Numbers
October is not normally a great time for movie studios. It’s the season where movies go to die but not for the recently released space adventure “Gravity,” starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The film debuted to the tune of $55.55 million in North American ticket sales, and added another $27.4 million overseas.
Not only was this the biggest October opening ever for a film, it marked the biggest debut for either of the lead actors.
“Gravity” has certainly struck a chord with moviegoers everywhere. A large part of the credit goes to director/co-writer, Alfonso Cuaron, who took a chance with this story set almost entirely in space and employing the services of few actors besides Clooney and Bullock. The plot revolves around the (serious) challenges faced by two astronauts during a spacewalk.
For the shoot, Cuaron and his team developed equipment and technology designed to replicate the weightlessness of space as never before seen on film. Now that they’ve got an October hit on their hands, movie studio Warner Bros. can sit back watch the others duke it out. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” took in a respectable $21.5 million in its second week in theaters while the Ben Affleck/Justin Timberlake thriller “Runner Runner” limped in third with a box office take of $7.6 million. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | TheeErin)