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article image'Gravity' stays afloat leaving 'Captain Phillips' behind

By Tim O'Brien     Oct 13, 2013 in Entertainment
"Captain Phillips" left port with a solid run but could not hold off "Gravity" in its second week. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney held firmly to the top spot at the box office with $44.2 million.
It stayed at the top spot in impressive fashion and takes with it the Oscar buzz and perhaps is a savior of 3D with films such as this. Warner Bros has reported that repeat viewings are also helping the film. Deadline has noted this as well.
Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips intrigues with its Oscar bait as well. While not expected to take the top spot, it should have legs and remain viable for some time. "Gravity" was able to remain popular in all forms, including IMAX, which The Wrap is reporting a second week record. The IMAX take was $9 million and the 3D haul was $36 million. Both impressive numbers in the second week out.
1. "Gravity" - $44.2 million
2. "Captain Phillips" - $26 million
3. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" -$14.2 million
4. "Runner Runner" - $3.7 million
5. "Machete Kills" - $3.7 million
So, make that a solid top three and then the bottom fell out. With the end of the year fast approaching, it should get crowded at the box office with award potential on the line. Next week, a favorite and possible best picture winner, "12 Years a Slave," has a slow roll out.
Hanks meanwhile will be back in Oscar talk as well. With "Captain Phillips," he is sure to notch up another best actor nomination, making it the sixth overall. He won back-to-back Oscars with "Philadelphia" (1994) and "Forrest Gump" (1995). Among openings for a Hanks film, this one falls close to "Cast Away," which opened at $28 million.
Despite the cast, "Machete Kills" could not garner enough interest and tanked.
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