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.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
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."   (AP Photo/Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)
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