No surprises: Gravity, the film that our own Matthew Razak gave a perfect 100 score, topped the box office with a massive $55.55 million. For perspective, Gravity made as much as the rest of the weekend top ten combined. The strong showing should continue for the next few weeks given the inflated box office take thanks to IMAX/3D ticket sales.
Number two was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 with Runner Runner, Prisoners, and Rush rounding out the top five.
(Fulfilling my role as Flixist’s resident snob, I have to say the following: while I think Gravity is an incredible theater-going experience and a technical marvel that pushes what can be done visually and viscerally, a lot of the writing is clunky and functional, and the movie is nowhere near as good or as heartfelt as Children of Men. Cuaron could have nixed about half the dialogue and dialed back the score by half as well and it would have made a great film even more powerful. And the comparisons people are making between Gravity and 2001: A Space Odyssey are strange to me since they’re such different animals; as The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias put it on Twitter, it’s like comparing Six Flags to the Louvre. And yes, I do have an onion on my belt now, why do you ask?)
After the cut, your full top ten, as well as your chance to do your dance at the space jam.[via Rentrak]
1. Gravity – $55,550,000
2. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 – $21,500,000
3. Runner Runner – $7,600,000
4. Prisoners – $5,700,000
5. Rush – $4,408,280
6. Don Jon – $4,160,000
7. Baggage Claim – $4,125,000
8. Insidious Chapter 2 – $3,876,000
9. Pulling Strings – $2,500,000
10. Enough Said – $2,150,000