Johnny Knoxville ends Gravity's three week reign as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa scored $32 million to land the No. 1 spot atop the box office this weekend. The movie didn't beat the opening of the last Jackass movie (which was helped by 3D), but did top the two before it, despite just an ok "B" Cinemascore. It will probably top out with $75 million or so, which isn't bad for a franchise whose films cost just $15 million to produce.
Gravity earned $20.3 million to land in the second slot, which is another great hold and it crosses the $200 million total to become George Clooney's highest grossing movie (Ocean's Eleven made $184 million back in 2001). If I had to guess I'd say it ends up around $275 total, but you never know with the Oscar nominations coming up, which always guarantees higher box office than usual for a movie. I wouldn't be surprised if WB re-released it around that time in January to capitalize on the hype.
The Tom Hanks drama Captain Phillips also had another good hold, pulling in $11.8 million and crossing $70 million, which guarantees it at least $100 million in the end. The movie is clearly playing well with adult audiences due to word of mouth, unlike The Counselor, which got a dismal "D" Cinemascore from audiences along with bad reviews, and bombed with just $8 million despite its all star cast. And Carrie fell 63% in its second week to finish outside the top five, giving Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs a chance to regain some ground with $6 million for the weekend and a total of over $100 million.
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa- $32 million
- Gravity- $20.3 million
- Captain Phillips- $11.8 million
- The Counselor- $8 million
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2- $6.1 million
In limited release, 12 Years a Slave expanded to 123 theaters and pulled in $2.2 million, which is a very good expansion (it also got an "A" Cinemascore) as next week it goes wide. But also in wide release next weekend it's Ender's Game and Last Vegas while Dallas Buyers Club, the AIDS drama with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner comes out in limited.