Gravity Stays Atop Weekend Box-Office

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” held the top spot at the U.S. domestic box-office for a third weekend in a row, despite a plethora of new competition ranging from the “Carrie” remake to the Schwarzengger/Stallone team-up action feature “Escape Plan”.

“Gravity” raked in $31 million in its third weekend, again seeing only a minor drop-off of around 28% from its previous weekend. It now has grossed a total of $170.5 million domestically, and a further $114 million overseas.

Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” also held well in second place, dropping just 33% for a second weekend haul of $17.3 million.

The “Carrie” remake came in close behind with a third place gross of $17 million – one of the lower horror openings this year, but still fairly good considering its $30 million budget and mediocre reviews.

“Escape Plan” opened in a weak fifth place with $9.8 million, a number that is better than solo openers by Sly & Arnie earlier this year, but nowhere near the $30 million openings of the two “The Expendables” films.

Buena Vista should have done a platform release for “The Fifth Estate”. The Julian Assange-themed drama opened wide on 1,700 screens, but came in at eighth with $1.7 million – making it the worst wide release opening of 2013 (behind the more costly “Paranoia” with $3.5 million).

On the limited released front, Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” proved it is not just a critical darling. The slavery drama captured $960,000 from 19 theaters – a whopping $50,526 screen average.

Also faring well were the Robert Redford survival-at-sea drama “All Is Lost” with a $16,233 screen average, and the Daniel Radcliffe Beat Generation drama “Kill Your Darlings” with a $14,425 screen average.