It went up against three new movie debuts this weekend, “Carrie,” “Escape Plan” and “The Fifth Estate.” None could escape their own dead weight.
But “12 Years a Slave” showed promise. The much talked-about Oscar contender grossed almost $1 million in a limited release in just 19 theaters, according to boxofficemojo, which tracks box office tallies.
To think, neither Clooney nor Bullock were the first choice to play in the space disaster movie, but their on-screen chemistry and tight editing and story-telling have lifted the flick into orbit. It’s grossed $31 million over the weekend and $170.6 million total, domestically, earning block-buster status.
“Carrie, a much talked-about remake of the 1976 Stephen King classic, starring Chloe Moretz, did a respectable $17 million. It may gather steam as Halloween approaches next week, but was no match for “Gravity.”
“The Fifth Estate” was the weekend’s certified bomb, proving the general public either little understands or cares about the events involving the leak of thousands of classified documents. It pulled in a scant $1.7 million despite opening in more than 1,500 locations, making it the biggest bomb of the year.
Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, which published the documents on the Internet, trashed the movie, which may have helped account for its poor showing.