Space thriller Gravity took £6.23 million on its opening weekend in Britain, it was announced today.
Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock and produced in Britain, it has already taken $470 million (£300 million) at the box office worldwide.
The figures make it the best opening weekend in Britain for any Clooney film, beating Ocean’s Eleven which took £5 million. It was also the best for Bullock, beating The Proposal at £3.25 million.
Expectations for Gravity were high after a string of glowing reviews after it premiered at the London Film Festival last month.
Last Wednesday (November 7) Sandy attended a special screening of Gravity held by LA Times, and I have a few pictures up in the gallery:
The gallery was updated with some Gravity production stills and some behind-the-scenes photos as well.
THR is reporting that “Gravity” stayed No. 1 in the US box office and it broke more records!
Adults fueled another strong weekend at the North American box office as Warner Bros.’ Gravity stayed at No. 1 with a record $44.3 million and Sony’s Captain Phillips opened to a solid $26 million.
From director Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity raced past $100 million domestically to end the weekend with total earnings of $123.4 million. Worldwide, the space epic — starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney — has earned well north of $150 million.
Gravity slipped only 21 percent in its second weekend domestically — the lowest decline in history for a film that opened to more than $55 million (The Incredibles was the previous record holder at 29 percent). This doesn’t count holiday weekends. It’s also the lowest decline of the year to date for a movie playing in more than 2,000 theaters.
“This indicates the ability to open a tentpole in October,” said Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman, who also noted that the film is now playing to younger moviegoers, as well as to consumers who rarely take a trip to the multiplex.
Gravity continues to be a big draw in 3D (82 percent), with Imax theaters alone taking in a record $9 million over the weekend for total sales of $26.5 million. It’s the largest second weekend gross in Imax history.
Sandra attended the BFI London Film Festival “Gravity” Premiere earlier this week in London. The first photos are added in our gallery.
THR is reporting that “Gravity” sets October Record With $55.8 Million Debut.
Once again proving the power of older moviegoers, Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space epic Gravity debuted to a record-breaking $55.8 million in North America, the top October opening of all-time and the best three-day showing for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Overseas, Gravity also won the weekend with a solid $28.4 million from 27 markets for a worldwide total of $84.2 million.
Gravity’s launch caps a substantial production and marketing effort by Warner Bros. and years of work on Cuaron’s part. The $100 million movie — doing huge business in 3D cinemas ($44 million) — appears destined to be a player in this year’s awards race, based on critical reaction and box-office returns.
Running only 90 minutes, Gravity received an A- CinemaScore and skewed male (54 percent). Adults over the age of 25 made up more than 82 percent of the audience, while nearly 60 percent was over the age of 35. This was evidenced by a sizeable 31 percent jump Saturday, when more adults become available.