It took a total jackass to do it, but "Gravity" was finally knocked out of the top spot at the box office this weekend, as Johnny Knoxville and "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" ended Sandra Bullock's three week reign thanks to an estimated $32 million opening.
That's a very nice figure, though it falls well short of the $50.4 million "Jackass 3D" earned in its opening weekend three years ago. And it's not as if Bullock and "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón have anything to hang their heads about, as the smash hit space drama took in another $20.3 million in its fourth weekend, good enough for second place. Plus, "Gravity's" domestic total is now just a hair's breadth away from the $200 million mark ($199.8 million to be precise).
The news wasn't so great, alas, for Ridley Scott and his high profile thriller "The Counselor." Despite an all-star cast that included Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz - not to mention a screenplay by legendary "No Country For Old Men" writer Cormac McCarthy - "The Counselor" bombed out in fourth place with just an $8 million debut. And with both critics (35% on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers (a terrible D Cinemascore rating) dumping on the flick, word of mouth isn't likely to save it either.
One movie that is enjoying both critical acclaim and strong word of mouth, on the other hand, is early Oscar frontrunner "12 Years a Slave." Expanding into just 123 theaters over the weekend, the highly touted historical drama by director Steve McQueen still snuck into the top ten, earning an estimated $2.2 million thanks to a fantastic $17,480 per theater average.
Next weekend should be interesting, as the holiday blockbuster season gets underway with "Ender's Game" and "Last Vegas." For now, though, here's a look at this weekend's box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" - $32m
2. "Gravity" - $20.3m (our review)
3. "Captain Phillips" - $11.8m (our review)
4. "The Counselor" - $8m (our review)
5. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" - $6.1m (our review)
6. "Carrie" - $5.9m (our review)
7. "Escape Plan" - $4.3m (our review)
8. "12 Years a Slave" - $2.2m (our review)
9. "Enough Said" - $1.6m (our review)
10. "Prisoners" - $1.1m (our review)