Warner's Gravity took in $2.95 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a 19th consecutive day. The blockbuster sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney increased 23 percent over Monday and was down a healthy 26 percent from last Tuesday. It should be noted that daily percentage increases were strong in general on Tuesday for wide releases. Gravity has grossed $174.92 million in 19 days, leaving it $25.08 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone. Given its continued strong holding power, Gravity is likely to reach the milestone by the end of the upcoming weekend. Gravity is currently running 13 percent behind the $201.73 million 19-day take of 2010's Inception.
Also holding up nicely yesterday was Sony's Captain Phillips. The Paul Greengrass directed film starring Tom Hanks increased 32 percent over Monday to hold steady in second place with $1.78 million. Compared to last Tuesday, Captain Phillips was down 32 percent. Captain Phillips continues to exceed expectations with a twelve-day gross of $55.57 million. That places the film just 8 percent behind the $60.36 million twelve-day gross of 2006's The Departed.
Fellow Sony release Carrie took in $1.24 million to remain in third. The R-rated horror remake starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore was up 16 percent over Monday. Carrie has grossed $18.41 million through five days of release. That is below expectations and places the film 11 percent behind the $20.71 million five-day start of last year's Sinister. Carrie will hope to receive a boost in the coming days as Halloween approaches.
Lionsgate's Escape Plan grossed $1.05 million to continue to claim fourth. The action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger was up 28 percent over Monday. The five-day start for Escape Plan stands at $11.75 million. While that is in line with the film's modest expectations, it nonetheless represents a disappointing performance given the film's teaming up of Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's 12 Years a Slave remained strong with $84,809 from 19 locations. That gave the Steve McQueen directed awards season hopeful a per-location average of $4,464 for the day. The five-day platform total for the film stands at $1.099 million. 12 Years a Slave will expand into additional markets on Friday and is scheduled to expand into nationwide release on November 1st.