It’s no surprise that my pick Gravity came out on top this weekend.
This movie turned out to be more than just a boring floating in space “reminiscing about my life” movie –Life of Pi-and was actually worth seeing. The sheer fact that this movie managed to keep my attention for longer than twenty despite them floating though space says a lot (I have been told that I have the attention span of a squirrel, true story), and for that I applaud Alfonso Cuarón.
It also broke a record.
The film, made for $100 million, broke the record for the top October opening, previously held by Paranormal Activity 3, which raked in $52.6 million in its debut.
Quick summary: During a spacewalk, Mission Control in Houston warns a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) and an astronaut (George Clooney) that debris from a Russian anti-satellite test unexpectedly continued to hit other satellites, causing a chain reaction of destruction, which disrupts communication with the Mission Control. They now have to work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
*Rankings courtesy of Box Office Mojo*
- Gravity, $55,550,000
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, $21,500,000
- Runner Runner, $7,600,000
- Prisoners, $5,700,000
- Rush (2013), $4,408,000
- Don Jon, $4,160,000
- Baggage Claim, $4,125,000
- Insidious Chapter 2, $3,876,000
- Pulling Strings, $2,500,000
- Enough Said, $2,150,000