Gravity earned $44.3 million to take the top spot for the second weekend in a row, and gird yourself for statistical minutia, because that was the (*deep breath*) “best non-holiday hold ever for a movie that opened over $50 million.” Basically, people liked it, and told their friends, and more people saw it.
Meanwhile, Machete Kills? More like Machete BOMBS! (Sorry). The largely unclamored for sequel to a movie based on a trailer earned just $3.8 million, less than a third of the original’s opening and “one of the worst openings ever for a movie in over 2,500 locations, and it’s also one of the worst openings of 2013.”
Even among the people who were excited to see the sequel of a movie that felt 30 minutes too long in the first place gave it sub-mediocre B- Cinemascore. But hey, as I always say, it takes a bitch to make a bitch, and I smell fish taco.
Seeing a movie I loved do great business and one I had no interest in bomb makes me feel connected, like a real member of a society I understand. It’s a nice change from trying to watch a few minutes of Duck Dynasty on the plane and wonder what the f*ck is wrong with everyone.
1. Gravity (Warner Bros.) – $44,265,000 ($123,400,000)
2. Captain Phillips (Sony) – $26,000,000
3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Sony) – $14,200,000 ($78,037,000)
4. Machete Kills (Open Road Films) – $3,797,000
5. Runner Runner (Fox) – $3,725,000 ($14,114,000)
6. Prisoners (Warner Bros.) – $3,665,000 ($53,620,000)
7. Insidious: Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict) – $2,650,000 ($78,447,000)
8. Rush (Universal) – $2,364,000 ($22,202,000)
9. Don Jon (Relativity Media) – $2,340,000 ($20,141,000)
10. Baggage Claim (FoxSearchlight) – $2,075,000 ($18,272,000) [Indiewire]