"Carrie" was unable to spook the unflappable
Heading into the weekend, industry projections indicated the two films would be in a tight race for the top spot, with each movie poised to take in between $30 million and $35 million. But only "Gravity" hit that mark, collecting $31 million. According to an estimate from distributor
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Movie box office: An article in the Oct. 21 Calendar section about the weekend box-office results said Fox Searchlight was one of the co-financiers on the movie "12 Years a Slave." The studio did not contribute to the film's budget. —
Things didn't get downright bloody for "Carrie," but the film still fell far short of tracking predictions. The remake of the 1976 horror classic opened with a so-so $17 million -- about as much as the studio releasing the movie,
Things were even worse for the weekend's other newcomers. The pricey action film "Escape Plan," co-starring
Its subject matter apparently helped the film appeal to a younger female audience this weekend; 56% of those in attendance were under the age of 25. Those who saw the movie assigned it an average grade of B-, according to market research firm CinemaScore, the worst grade given to any of the weekend's new wide releases.
Meanwhile, the few who saw "Escape Plan" were older: 61% of the audience was over 30. The movie, in which Schwarzenegger and Stallone try to escape from a locked-down prison, received a B+ CinemaScore.
After tax incentives, the film's budget was about $50 million. The movie was co-financed by Emmett/Furla films and Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment, which says it recouped much of the film's production costs through international pre-sales and licensing deals.
Though he was a big movie star in the 80s and 90s, Schwarzenegger has been unable to reclaim box office glory in recent years. "Escape Plan" is the second flop for the 66-year-old actor-turned-governor this year, following
"The Fifth Estate" is a major disappointment for DreamWorks SKG, which had initially hoped the movie might be an awards contender. But when the film was unveiled at the Toronto Film Festival in September, it was met with lukewarm reviews. Furthermore, Assange has publicly slammed the production. In an email to actor
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