Gravity Pulls in Monster $55.6M Debut

Cuaron's latest sets a record for an October debut

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 6, 2013 1:00 PM CDT

(Newser) Critics dubbed Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity "extraordinary," and moviegoers this weekend sealed the deal: The George Clooney-Sandra Bullock space drama soared to No. 1 at the box office, with a $55.6 million opening that set a record for an October debut. That's about $20 million more than Gravity was predicted to make, notes the LA Times; it's also an opening-weekend record for both Clooney and Bullock, adds the AP. Rounding out the top five were Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 ($21.5 million), Runner Runner ($7.6 million), Prisoners ($5.7 million), and Rush ($4.8 million).

Sandra Bullock in a scene from Gravity. Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron was her “best life decision” ever.
Sandra Bullock in a scene from "Gravity." Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron was her “best life decision” ever.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Sandra Bullock in a scene from Gravity.
Sandra Bullock in a scene from "Gravity."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Sandra Bullock, left, as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalsky in “Gravity.
Sandra Bullock, left, as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalsky in “Gravity."   (AP Photo/Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)
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