Friday, October 11, 2013

The Projector: Tom's Trouble Edition UPDATE

Monday UPDATE UPDATE: Studios inflated Sunday's numbers slightly — shocking.

1. Gravity $43.2M
2. Captain Phillips $25.7M
3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs $13.8M
4. Machete Kills $3.8M
5. Prisoners $3.7M

Sunday UPDATE: Everyone's a winner. What looked to be a strong weekend turned out to be a stellar one for both Gravity and Captain Phillips. Dropping a diminutive 21% from its record-setting debut, Gravity raked another $44.3M to push its two-week total to nearly $125M. The Sandy Bullock/George Clooney space snooze spectacular sold another slew of 3D seats, 82% of folks opting for the added dimension, IMAX accounting for $9M of the weekend sum. As for Captain Phillips, fears of similar-demo cannibalism were allayed as its $26M take beat the most bullish of forecasts, becoming Tom Hanks biggest non-Toy Story opening since 2009's Angels & Demons. Behind a glowing grade A CinemaScore, the Paul Greengrass non-fiction thriller should sail steady – alongside Gravity – for weeks to come.

1. Gravity $44.3M
2. Captain Phillips $26M
3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs $14.2M
4. Machete Kills $3.79M
5. Prisoners $3.72M

Tom Hanks could use a hit. Once amongst the most-bankable stars in the business, the 57-year-old's last three movies – Cloud Atlas, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Larry Crowne – failed to break the $100M mark — combined. With the onset of the much-buzzed-about, based-on-a-true-story Captain Phillips, Hanks appears to be set for a career rebound. The lone issue standing in the way? A little film titled Gravity, fresh off a monstrous $55M debut that sucked the air out of the marketplace, particularly with the demo Hanks is targeting this weekend — adults. The Sandy Bullock/George Clooney space snooze adventure was a smash with the elder set, 59% of its record-setting bank came from those over the age of 35, a faction that doesn't exactly visit the multiplex week in, week out. Will grown-ups open their wallets for a second-straight weekend?

1. Gravity $36.5M – Strong hold's a lock for the wildly-overrated, emotionless drama.
2. Captain Phillips $18.75M (↔) – In the realm of its director's – Paul Greengrass – films, bigger than Green Zone, smaller than any of the Bourne films.
3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs $14.25M – Continues to devour the family market until November's Free Birds.
4. Machete Kills $8.75M (↓) – Sequel to Grindhouse offshoot could be roadkill.
5. Prisoners $3.75M – Crossed the $50M mark Thursday, should've banked a bit more by now.