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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa tops US box office

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Story by Jack Foley

JACKASS Presents: Bad Grandpa has topped the US box office with $32 million.

In the process, it ended the reign of space epic Gravity, which slipped to second spot after three weeks at the top with $20.3 million. The 3D film, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, did, however, cross the $200 million mark in the US.

Bad Grandpa marks the first Jackass film to have any sort of plot, and stars Johnny Knoxville as 86-year-old pensioner Irving Zisman who is forced to take his eight-year-old grandson Billy on a road trip to be reunited with his estranged dad.

Internationally, the Jackass film also performed well, especially in the UK where it led with $3.2 million (better than the three Jackass films to date).

The news wasn’t so good for the weekend’s other big new release, Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, which took only $8 million to land fourth behind Bad Grandpa, Gravity and Captain Phillips.

The Counselor headlines Michael Fassbender as a greedy lawyer who gets caught up with drug dealers. It co-stars Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt and boasts a script from No Country For Old Men author Cormac McCarthy (his first).

In third, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, continued to perform well in its third weekend, taking $11.8 million to bring its US total to $70.1 million.

Fifth spot, meanwhile, went to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, which grossed $6.1 million to jump the $100 million mark.

Of the smaller releases, Steve McQueen’s Oscar favourite Twelve Years A Slave has also displayed box office power by taking $2.2 million from just 123 theaters in its second weekend. The film landed at eighth in the US top 10.

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