Gravity sets record with N. America box office debut
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Space disaster movie Gravity soared to the top of North America's box office in its debut weekend making US$55.8 million (S$70 million), a record for an October release, industry data showed on Monday.
The film, directed by Oscar-nominated Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - both Oscar winners - as astronauts adrift in space after a devastating accident, has already been winning rave reviews and Oscars buzz.
The debut was the biggest ever for a film released in October, traditionally a slow month for the box office, beating the US$52 million scared up by Paranormal 3 in 2011, according to the IMDb movie industry website.
It also blew away the second place finisher, animated sequel Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, which took in US$21 million in its second week in theatres, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.