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'Gravity': $200M Domestic Box Office This Weekend?

'Gravity' to pass $200 million at domestic box office next weekend? (image: Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in 'Gravity')

Starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón's thriller Gravity will quite likely pass the $200 million milestone at the North American box office this coming weekend, October 25-27, 2013. Gravity's domestic cume currently stands at $174.91 million, after having added $30.02 million last weekend (Oct. 18-20), in addition to $2.4 million on Monday (Oct. 21) and $2.95 million on Tuesday (Oct. 22) according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. In the next couple of days, Gravity should add another $5-5.5 million, raising its domestic total to a little over $180 million.

Last weekend, Gravity was down only 30.5 percent. As long as it drops about 33 percent or less next weekend, which is certainly a possibility even if it starts shedding theaters, Gravity will pass the $200 million milestone in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. If so, that'll take place on the film's 24th day in release. (See also: “'Gravity' Movie on 2013 Top Ten Box Office Chart.”)

I should add that competition at the North American box office won't be exactly fierce: there's Ridley Scott's earthbound thriller The Counselor, featuring an all-star cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem; and Jeff Tremaine's Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa, featuring Johnny Knoxville and Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze – and which isn't exactly the sort of movie for the Gravity crowd (or vice-versa).

'Gravity' and the $200 million domestic box office milestone: A few comparisons

For comparison's sake: to date, apart from a) animated features b) franchises c) film adaptations from other media, only five movies have reached $200 million at the North American box office within 25 days in release (not adjusted for inflation):

  • Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron's Avatar – like Gravity a widely discussed 3D movie with impressive visual effects – reached the $200 million milestone after ten days out in North America in late 2009/early 2010.
  • Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, and Tom Hardy, among others, Christopher Nolan's Inception, without the assistance of 3D surcharges, reached that milestone after 19 days out in summer 2010.
  • Roland Emmerich's Independence Day – however derivative, its screenplay is officially “original” – reached $200 million in the U.S. and Canada after 20 days. And that was back in summer 1996, and without 3D/IMAX surcharges. Adjusted for inflation, Independence Day, starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman, reached $200 million after only nine days.
  • The Will Smith superhero action comedy Hancock, also featuring Charlize Theron, reached $200 million after 24 days out in summer 2008.
  • And finally, James Cameron's Titanic passed that milestone after 25 days in early 1998. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and veteran Gloria Stuart (The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House), adjusted for inflation Titanic passed $200 million after 14 days.

Also worth noting, Gravity should be passing the $300 million milestone worldwide either on Thursday or on Friday. Up to last Sunday, the film's international cume was an estimated $114.2 million, for a global cume of $289.11 million. (See also: “'Gravity' Box Office Record? Not If Inflation Taken into Account.”)

'Gravity' two-star cast: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

With a screenplay by Y Tu Mamá También and Children of Men's writer-director Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón, Gravity stars the aforementioned Oscar winners Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and George Clooney (Syriana; Clooney was also one of the producers of Ben Affleck's Best Picture Oscar winner Argo). The film's only other cast members – apart from its production design, and the visual and sound effects – are a handful of voice actors, including four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris (Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock, The Hours).

Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in Gravity 2013 movie photo: Warner Bros.

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