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Box Office Prognosis: Gravity Continues To Thrive, Captain Phillips Opens Well, And ‘Machete Kills’ Dies

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It was another exciting weekend at the box office, as Gravity continues to do incredibly well at the box office, Tom Hanks has his best opening in years with Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, and Robert Rodriguez’s newest grindhouse spoof Machete Kills flops.  This and more (but probably just this) today on the Box Office Prognosis!

First things first, good news on the Gravity front.  Alfonso Cuaron’s latest continues to be impressive box office wise, as it took in another $43.2 million this weekend, down only 23% from last weekend.  That’s a mind blowingly good hold for the sci-fi film—in fact, it’s the largest hold ever for a non-holiday film opening over $50 million.  Clearly it’s hold can be attributed to the extremely positive word of mouth, as everyone is telling their friends to check out this experience on the big screen while they can.  The last time we saw this phenomenon was Avatar back in 2009 and, well Gravity probably probably won’t sail as high just because of the competetion it faces in the coming weeks, expect this one to cross $250 million at the minimum, which already makes it one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.  See Hollywood?  Sometimes, all it takes is to make a really damn good movie.

In number two for the weekend was Paul Greengrass’ newest film, the Tom Hanks starring Captain Philips.  Don’t feel too bad for Philips not making number one though–any other week and the film would have easily been number one, what with its $25.7 million start.  Considering its R-rating and featuring basically only one bankable star in Tom Hanks, the take for Philips is by no means a disappointment.  And with word of mouth incredibly strong and Oscar season heating up, I’d expect the film will hold over well in the coming weeks.  $100 million domestically isn’t too far out of reach, me thinks.

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Speaking of $100 million, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is quickly approaching that milestone, with about $80 million taken in domestically thus far.  $13.8 million of that came from this week alone and, though that might sound impressive, it is trailing behind the first slightly at the same point.  Still, this will probably end up being a big success for Sony when worldwide is factored in.  Machete Kills though…yeah, probably won’t be considered a success anytime soon.  The film bombed hard this weekend, with a pathetic take of just $3.8 million, one of the worst openings of the year by far and one of the worst openings for a wide release film ever.  And sure it probably didn’t cost a lot to produce (Rodriguez is good at making really cheap films), but certainly having one of the worst openings ever is already bad for your career right?  I bet Rodriguez is thankful for Sin City 2 now…it’s all he has left really.

Rounding out the Top 5 was last week’s Runner Runner, which grossed a paltry $3.7 million this week for a total take of just $14 million.  Don’t expect this one to go past $25 million tops, though it’s interesting to note that the film has grossed double what it’s made here worldwide at this point.  International audiences like their Timberlake I guess.

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Anywho, here’s the chart:

1. Gravity — $44,265,000
2. Captain Phillips — $26,000,000
3. Cloudy With a Chance 2 — $14,200,000
4. Machete Kills — $3,797,000
5. Runner Runner — $3,725,000
6. Prisoners — $3,665,000 $53.6
7. Insidious Chapter 2 — $2,650,000 $78.4
8. Rush — $2,400,000 $22.2
9. Don Jon — $2,340,000 $20.1
10. Baggage Claim — $2,075,000 $18.2

I was right on rank, wrong on amount this week.  I severely underestimated Gravity and Captain Philips which, like I said last week, I’m actually quite glad about.  Those films deserve all the money.

Anyways, that does it for today’s Prognosis!  Check back next Monday to see if Chloe Grace Moretz’s Carrie has it in her to beat Bullock and Gravity.  What a strange cat fight indeed…see you then!

-Matthew