'Gravity' Sets Columbus Day Record with $6.2M

on October 15, 2013 by Daniel Garris

Warner's Gravity led the way on Monday with $6.20 million. In the process, the Alfonso Cuarón directed sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney set a new record for the largest ever unadjusted Columbus Day (and Canadian Thanksgiving) performance. The previous record holder was last year's Taken 2 with a Columbus Day take of $5.50 million. That Gravity set the record in its second week of release (Taken 2 was in its first week) makes the accomplishment even more impressive. Thanks to continued strong word of mouth and the Columbus Day boost, Gravity was up 3 percent over last Monday. The film was down 49 percent from Sunday. Gravity continues to cement its status as an event film with an eleven-day take of $128.52 million.

IMAX grosses were responsible for $1.47 million of the film's total gross on Monday (23.6 percent). To date, IMAX grosses for Gravity have totaled $28.07 million, which represents 21.8 percent of the film's overall total gross.

Sony's Captain Phillips claimed second place with $3.58 million. The critically acclaimed Paul Greengrass directed film starring Tom Hanks was down 47 percent from Sunday. Captain Phillips continues to exceed pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $29.30 million. Thus far, Captain Phillips is performing quite similar to 2006's The Departed, which grossed $30.76 million in its first four days of release (over Columbus Day weekend as well). Captain Phillips represents a nice bounce back for Hanks, who had seen his drawing power fade in the last few years with the performances of Larry Crowne, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Cloud Atlas.

Fellow Sony release Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 placed in third with $3.07 million. Columbus Day is typically a strong day for family films and that clearly proved to be the case for Cloudy 2 yesterday, as the 3D computer animated sequel was up 213 percent over last Monday and down just 27 percent from Sunday. Cloudy with a Chances of Meatballs 2 topped the $80 million mark yesterday and has grossed a very solid $80.68 million in 18 days. The film is currently running 2 percent behind the $82.19 million 18-day take of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Fox's Runner Runner edged out Warner's Prisoners in a very close race for fourth place on Monday. Runner Runner was down 46 percent from Sunday to gross $0.571 million, while Prisoners fell 44 percent to gross $0.566 million. The two films were separated by just $4,722 for the day. To date, Runner Runner has grossed a disappointing $14.73 million in eleven days, while Prisoners has grossed a respectable $54.16 million in 25 days.

Meanwhile, Machete Kills landed in sixth place with $0.451 million. The Robert Rodriguez directed sequel released by Open Road was down 54 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. Machete Kills has grossed a disappointing $4.29 million in four days, placing it 70 percent behind the $14.10 million four-day start of 2010's Machete.

Tags: Machete Kills, Prisoners, Runner Runner, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Captain Phillips, Gravity

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