"Gravity" took flight at light speed this weekend, soaring past industry expectations as it rocketed to No. 1 at the box office.
Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D space drama launched with a robust $55.6 million, according to an estimate from distributor
The opening weekend tally for "Gravity" — which includes the $1.4 million the picture grossed Thursday evening — marks the biggest October debut ever. Previously, 2011's
"Gravity" was so successful largely because of how well it did in 3-D, which accounted for roughly 80% of weekend business. To put that percentage in perspective,
That the film sold so many 3-D tickets is particularly surprising given how resistant moviegoers have been to the format this year. This past summer, it hit an all-time low when only 25% of the opening weekend crowd who went to see the family film
Bullock, 49, is having a strong year at the box office. While "Gravity" marks the biggest opening in the star's career, she also appeared in the hit comedy
"Gravity" was co-financed by Warner Bros. and Brett Ratner's RatPac-Dune Entertainment for $110 million, per a source close to the production. The studio declined to comment on the film's budget.
Overseas, the movie debuted in 27 countries and collected $27.4 million — about 70% of which came from 3-D sales. The picture did well in Germany and Australia but fared best in Russia, where it collected $8.1 million. The film will open in Brazil, South Korea and Mexico later this month.
"Runner Runner" cost far less to produce, but the film's poor start still gives it little chance at financial success. Financed by New Regency for $30 million and released by
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