Weekend box office: Carrie and Escape Plan can't beat Gravity

Weekend box office Carrie

It’s that time of year when horror movies typically do well at the weekend box office, but nothing seems to be able to topple the juggernaut that is GRAVITY.  The CARRIE remake was the latest to try and although it has received decent reviews from critics, the horror film doesn’t look like it will be able to crack $20 million.  But it did much better than ESCAPE PLAN, which is struggling.  The Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up that would have been a dream pairing twenty years ago is barely flirting with $10 million.  The other new movie of the weekend is THE FIFTH ESTATE, which doesn’t look like it will crack the top ten.  The Wikileaks film starring Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t well received by critics and audiences don’t seem to want to give it a chance.  I never like it when remakes do well, but the silver lining in these numbers is that both GRAVITY and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS finished in the top three, giving hope that smart, well made movies have hope at the weekend box office.

Next week sees the release of Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR, which has an all star cast including Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and more.  But it’s an R-rated film that doesn’t have much buzz right now, so I’m not convinced it’s box office numbers will equal its cast list.  We also have the release of BAD GRANDPA from the Jackass folks and although I’d initially pass it off as a waste of time, the Jackass movies were surprisingly successful, so BAD GRANDPA might also surprise us.  But I’d still be that GRAVITY makes it four weekends in a row.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Gravity $31.5m

2. Captain Phillips $15.7m

3. Carrie $15.5m

4. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 $9.7m

5. Escape Plan $9.5m

6. Prisoners $2m

7. The Fifth Estate $1.7m

8. Enough Said $1.8m

9. Runner Runner $1.6m

10. Insidious Chapter 2 $1.5m

(Deadline)

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