Weekend Review: Gravity!

by Bunzi on Monday, October 7, 2013

Nothing could hold Gravity down.  The Flickamo weekly question put the over/under at $35 million, but on Friday when the early estimates started coming in the first number started with a 5!  In fact Gravity blew all predictions out of the water and brought in $55.7 million.  I saw the movie, and not only do I believe both Sandra and George will be there once the Oscar ballots get printed, but I also have a new favorite film of 2013.  For 90 or so minutes, I sat in my chair not breathing, biting my nails.  I laughed and cried, despite this being a performance of only two actors for the most part.  If I am allowed to guess at anything, then I say Gravity will blow past $200 million, so you can take that to the bank!  Great pick, much better than anyone could have imagined.

Cloudy 2 also had a nice little weekend, finishing 2nd with just under $21 million, but more importantly, had a very low drop of under 40%.  This movie will see $100 million before it is yesterday’s news, though it looks to be right on track with the Flickamo predictions.  This movie isn’t a surprise or a disappointment, it will make exactly what you thought it will make.

Runner Runner completes the podium, though this picture is a disaster.  With the buzz of Gravity this movie got completely overlooked, and it made less than $8 million over its weekend run.  This is not good for Batman Ben Affleck, or Justin Timberlake, who is still trying to become an actor.  It looks like the audiences only care for the former as a director, and the later as a singer.  Runner will not see $30 million and is officially a flop.

The top five also has Prisoners at $5.7 million and Rush at $4.4m both in their 3rd week of release.  Prisoners is fairing significantly better, currently at $47 million and should reach the $60 million mark.  There is Oscar buzz around this movie, but with Gravity being the new big boy in town, this picture will slow down some and we won’t be seeing anything close to $80 million some might have been hoping for.  Don Jon and Baggage Claim in their follow-up weekends could barely squeeze past $4 million, and will both be forgotten.  Insidious Chapter 2 is also slowing down, making $3.7 million, though our recently adjusted estimates of an $80 million total seem to still be valid.

Rounding out the top 10 are two Indie films, Pulling Strings and Enough Said, each making slightly over $2 million for the weekend.  The later of course is the last movie starring the beloved James Gandolfini, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  It has received excellent reviews and is arguably one of the most liked movies of the year.  Rotten Tomatoes has it at 95%, though here at Flickamo we only count the box office dollars.  Neither of these films will be of any significance for anyone who might have them on their roster.