Tom Hanks' new true life piracy thriller "Captain Phillips" couldn't manage to hijack the box office from defending champ "Gravity," as the Sandra Bullock space blockbuster remained in geosynchronous orbit over the planet Money this weekend to the tune of $44.3 million.
That brings "Gravity's" ten day total to a whopping $123.4 million, firmly planting Alfonso Cuarón's 3D spectacular among the year's top hits and cementing Bullock's status as the early frontrunner in the race for the Best Actress Oscar. After all, the only thing Hollywood loves more than a good performance is a good performance that also dragged in a metric ton of cheddar.
Which isn't to say that "Captain Phillips" was a disappointment. Some people might consider second place to be the first loser, but not many losers manage to earn $26 million in their opening weekend. That's more than a solid start for a film that should stay strong in coming weeks thanks to a rare A Cinemascore from viewers.
Word of mouth is likely to be less positive for "Machete Kills," on the other hand. Robert Rodriguez's latest schlockfest will need to find an audience in the secondary market, because as its meager $3.4m debut shows, it clearly didn't find an audience in the primary market. That dropped "Machete Kills" to fourth place on the chart, well behind returning hit "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," which continued its solid run with another $14.2m in its third weekend of release.
Next weekend should be interesting, as Chloë Grace Moretz's high profile remake of "Carrie" fills the traditional Halloween horror slot. For now, though, here's a look at this weekend's box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Gravity" - $44.3m (our review)
2. "Captain Phillips" - $26m (our review)
3. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" - $14.2m (our review)
4. "Machete Kills" - $3.8m (our review)
5. "Runner Runner" - $3.7m (our review)
6. "Prisoners" - $3.7m (our review)
7. "Insidious: Chapter 2" - $2.7m (our review)
8. "Rush" - $2.4m (our review)
9. "Don Jon" - $2.3m (our review)
10. "Baggage Claim" - $2.1m (our review)