Paramount's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa led the way this weekend with an estimated $32.0 million. The modestly budgeted Jackass spin-off starring Johnny Knoxville exceeded pre-release expectations and ended the thee-week first place run of Warner's Gravity in the process. Bad Grandpa opened 10 percent stronger than the $29.00 million debut of 2006's Jackass: Number Two and 36 percent below the $50.35 million start of 2010's Jackass 3D. It should be noted that Bad Grandpa wasn't expected to perform anywhere near as strong as Jackass 3D due in part to its spin-off nature and lack of higher priced 3D admissions. Bad Grandpa registered the third largest unadjusted Halloween weekend debut of all-time (behind only 2011's Puss in Boots and 2006's Saw III).
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opened with $12.62 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.4 million from late night Thursday shows), fell 9 percent to gross $11.54 million on Saturday and is estimated to fall 32 percent on Sunday to take in $7.84 million. With an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.54 to 1, Bad Grandpa appears that it will be less front-loaded that Jackass 3D was and possibly less front-loaded that Jackass: Number Two as well. The film received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore.
Although Gravity fell to second place this weekend, the blockbuster 3D sci-fi drama still took in a very strong estimated $20.3 million in its fourth weekend of release. Gravity is now on the brink of reaching the $200 million domestic milestone with a 24-day take of $199.81 million. The film is set to reach the milestone on Monday, and could still possibly reach the milestone today if it were to exceed Sunday's estimate. Gravity is currently running 12 percent behind the $227.64 million 24-day take of 2010's Inception (which fell 33 percent in its fourth weekend to gross $18.51 million). With Gravity falling a healthy 32 percent this weekend, the film should continue to hold up well going forward. The total gross to opening weekend ratio for Gravity already stands at an impressive 3.58 to 1.
Gravity grossed $4.88 million from IMAX locations this weekend. That brings the film's IMAX total to $45.16 million, which accounts for 22.6 percent of the film's overall domestic gross.
Sony's Captain Phillips also held up very well this weekend. The Paul Greengrass directed awards season hopeful starring Tom Hanks was down just 28 percent to claim third with an estimated $11.8 million. Captain Phillips is projected to pass the $70 million mark today and has grossed $70.07 million through 17 days. Captain Phillips continues to outpace expectations and is currently running 9 percent behind the $76.94 million 17-day take of 2006's The Departed (which fell 29 percent in its third weekend to gross $13.46 million). The total gross to opening weekend ratio for Captain Phillips is currently 2.72 to 1.
The Counselor debuted in fourth place with a very lackluster estimated $8.0 million. The modestly budgeted Ridley Scott directed ensemble crime thriller debuted below already scaled back expectations. Despite a strong cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, moviegoers simply weren't interested. The Counselor was clearly hurt by poor critical reviews and from arriving on the scene at the end of the logjam of dramas and thrillers aimed at adult moviegoers throughout September and October. Ridley Scott also has a hit and miss history at the box office, with The Counselor clearly joining the list of misses. The opening weekend performance of The Counselor was very similar to the $7.71 million start of Fox's recent Runner Runner. With a soft estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.50 to 1 (the film grossed $3.20 million on Friday) and a terrible D rating on CinemaScore, The Counselor is very likely to fade away from theatres quickly.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $6.1 million. In the process, Sony's 3D computer animated sequel will surpass the $100 million domestic milestone today (the film's 31st day of release). The 31-day total for the film stands at $100.61 million. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has benefited from having had the family marketplace mostly to itself over the past month, but will face new competition beginning this coming Friday with the release of Relativity's Free Birds.
Sony's Carrie and Lionsgate's Escape Plan both stumbled in their respective second weekends of release. Carrie didn't receive a Halloween weekend bump after all as it was down a sharp 63 percent from last weekend to land in sixth with an estimated $5.9 million. Escape Plan held up slightly better, falling 56 percent to place in seventh with an estimated $4.34 million. Respective ten-day starts stand at a modest $26.02 million for Carrie and at a soft $17.42 million for Escape Plan.
On the limited front, Fox Searchlight's 12 Years a Slave had a solid, but not spectacular expansion this weekend. The Steve McQueen directed awards season hopeful grossed an estimated $2.15 million from 123 locations to place in eighth among all films. 12 Years a Slave increased 133 percent over last weekend and earned a per-location average of $17,480 for the frame. In comparison, 2007's No Country For Old Men increased 151 percent in its second weekend to gross $3.08 million from 148 locations. With a ten-day start of $3.41 million, 12 Years a Slave is running 30.5 percent behind the $4.91 million ten-day take of No Country For Old Men. While it is still very early, given its performance thus far, 12 Years a Slave may need additional help from year end critics groups if it is to break out at the box office. 12 Years a Slave is scheduled to expand into nationwide release on Friday.
In other platform news, IFC Films' Blue is the Warmest Color was off to a noteworthy start with an estimated $101,116 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles. The highly hyped NC-17 rated lesbian romantic drama and winner of this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes earned a promising per-location average of $25,279 for the weekend. Meanwhile, Roadside's All Is Lost grossed an estimated $517,700 from 81 locations for a per-location average of $6,391. The drama starring Robert Redford has grossed $655,887 through ten days of platform release.