Friday Box Office: GRAVITY Stays on Top with $12.7 Million; CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Starts Strong in Second

     October 12, 2013

captain-phillips-poster-sliceBuoyed by its surprisingly lucrative launch, Gravity had no trouble holding on to first place on Friday. The Warner Bros. hit added an estimated $12.7 million to its domestic total yesterday, or a decline of just 27% from its opening day. That puts Gravity on course for close to $45 million this weekend and a ten-day domestic total of more than $120 million. That’s an incredible achievement for an October release and it will put Gravity in the same range as this summer’s World War Z after two weekends.

Captain Phillips had to settle for a second place start on Friday. Even so, the reality-based drama had a stronger than expected opening, taking in an estimated $8.5 million from 3,020 locations. Captain Phillips is now targeting $25 million this weekend, giving Tom Hanks his best opening since 2009. Machete Kills is not as well placed. The frame’s second new release earned an estimated $1.4 million from 2,538 runs on its first day and is not expected to top $4 million through Sunday. We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Gravity $12,715,000 $91.8
2.  Captain Phillips $8,500,000 $8.5
3.  Cloudy With a Chance 2 $3,575,000 $67.4
4.  Machete Kills $1,400,000 $1.4
5.  Runner Runner $1,150,000 $11.5
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