Friday, October 18, 2013

The Projector: Triple Threat Edition UPDATE

Monday UPDATE UPDATE: Everything down in the actuals — Carrie dropped another million in its October-horror tanking.

1. Gravity $30M
2. Captain Phillips $16.4M
3. Carrie $16.1M
4. Escape Plan $9.9M 
5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $9.7M

Sunday UPDATE: Three-peat. As called here Friday, Gravity became 2013's first film to own the box office crown three-consecutive weekends, banking another $31M – a minuscule -28% drop –taking its domestic total past $170M. While that's your headline, the cruddy debut for Carrie is a very close second. Considering its the lone horror offering this Halloween season, 'twas a beastly bow for the rubbish remake, lower than last October's Sinister, a movie with far-less fanfare as it entered the multiplex.

1. Gravity $31M
2. Captain Phillips $17.3
3. Carrie $17M
4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $10.1M
5. Escape Plan $9.8M

Three in a row. Not since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the end of 2012 has a film topped the charts for three consecutive weekends — until now. Behind unwarranted stellar word of mouth and repeat viewings, Gravity has had a vise-like grip on the box office, the sci-fi snoozefest spectacle should plow past the $150M plateau Friday night. The lone newcomer with any shot of scaring up legit business is Carrie, the wretched remake of the 1976 Steven King/Brian De Palma horror classic.
  1. Gravity $32M – Expect another weekend-to-weekend drop of no steeper than -33%.
  2. Carrie $21.5M – Its R rating will temper the teen take.
  3. Captain Phillips $19.25M – Exceeded the most bullish of forecasts in its $25.7M debut frame.
  4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $9.5M – Just crossed the $82M mark, AKA what Monsters University raked opening weekend.
  5. Escape Plan $9.25M – Sly and Arnold's recent solo efforts tanked, look for a marginally more-profitable outcome as a duo
Also: The Fifth Estate $3.75M – Zero buzz for the WikiLeaks drama.