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Gravity tops US box office for third successive week


Story by Jack Foley

GRAVITY has remained on top of the US box office for a third successive week, beating off competition from new releases including the remake of Carrie.

Alfonso Cuaron’s space drama, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as stranded astronauts, took an estimated $31 million (down only 28%) to bring its US total to date to $170.6 million.

The film also continued to perform well overseas, where it remained at No.1 at the international box office, and took the top spot in Mexico (Cuaron’s country of origin) and surpassing the director’s previous best in his home country for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Horror remake Carrie only managed third spot with an estimated $17 million, considerably below best estimates of $20m-plus, or the $18m it looked to be on course for going into the final straight.

However, Sony’s Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution, said: “While, of course, we would have liked more, Carrie was made for a budget and certainly played within our expectations.”

In second was another holdover, Sony’s Captain Phillips, which took $17.3 million in its second weekend to mark a strong hold.

That film, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, also performed well in the UK, where it took £5.6 million in its debut weekend.

The US top five was rounded out by animated holdover Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 (another Sony title) and Arnold Schwarzenegger-Sylvester Stallone double-header Escape Plan, which performed roughly in line with pre-release expectation by taking $9.8 million.

WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate performed badly, with just $1.7 million, to make only eighth spot in the top 10.

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