Nothing blocked the orbit of
The 3-D space drama was No. 1 for a second weekend, collecting an impressive $44.3 million, according to an estimate from distributor
Heading into the weekend, prerelease audience surveys indicated "Captain Phillips" would open with about $20 million. But even with "Gravity" still pulling adults to the multiplex, "Phillips" was able to attract an older crowd of its own: Roughly 62% of those who saw the Hanks movie this weekend were over 35. Critics have been enamored with the movie, and filmgoers loved it, too, assigning the picture an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
The film marks the best live-action debut for Hanks since 2009's big-budget "Angels & Demons," which launched with $46.2 million. In recent years, the 57-year-old has struggled somewhat to find his footing at the box office. His 2011 romantic comedy
The latest entry in Rodriguez's
The movie, acquired last year for $2 million by Open Road Entertainment, stars
Though "Machete Kills" had a dismal opening, it wasn't as bad as the debut of a new "Romeo & Juliet" adaptation. Moviegoers had no love for the latest twist on Shakespeare's classic, which collected $509,000 from 461 theaters this weekend.