Gravity stuns US box office with $55.6m opening
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity marries up excellent reviews to huge box office, as the film smashes records in the US...
We don't usually do box office opening weekend stories, but it's hard not to feel utterly delighted that Gravity has performed so well. This is a film that regular readers will know we've been boring them about for a good year or so now, eagerly looking forward to it as a standalone science fiction film with no shortage of intelligence to it.
The reviews for Gravity have been nothing short of spectacular, but as we all wearily know, great reviews are no indicator of box office success. However, on this occasion, it seems as though intelligent science fiction has found a huge audience: Gravity has opened to $55.6m in the US over the weekend.
That makes it the biggest October opening of all time in the US, the biggest opening weekend for a Sandra Bullock movie (beating the previous record set by The Heat earlier this year), and the biggest opening weekend for a George Clooney movie (beating, er, Batman And Robin).
Furthermore, 80% of the film's takings have come from 3D screenings. This is interesting: the 3D hasn't been a heavy part of the marketing piece, rather that people have elected to see it, off the back of the praise that the 3D work has been getting.
Gravity arrives in the UK next month, by which time the movie will have comfortably crossed the $100m mark in the US by some distance. Then? It might just be a bit of time for some Oscar buzz...
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