Weekend Forecast: 'Gravity' & 'Runner Runner'

Featured Stories - on October 02, 2013 by BoxOffice Staff

oct4.pngOctober kicks off with this weekend with Warner Bros.' Gravity and Fox's Runner Runner.

Gravity

PROS:

- Critical response has been glowing in the weeks since the film's festival debuts.
- Sandra Bullock has developed a strong ability to draw mainstream audiences over the last few years thanks to The Blind Side, The Proposal, and The Heat. George Clooney brings an added bonus himself with his consistent fan base.
- Director Alfonso Cuarón boasts his own fan following.
- Comparisons to 2001: A Space Odyssey will surely bring out film enthusiasts.
- Twitter and Flixster activity levels are very encouraging.
- Early Oscar buzz is already heating up for the film. 

CONS:

- Will critical and fanboy buzz translate into average moviegoer interest?
- Cuarón has been off the grid for quite some time, last helming 2006's acclaimed--but financially disappointing--Children of Men.
- October hasn't been known for blockbuster runs--could Gravity change that?

Runner Runner

PROS:

- Ben Affleck is in the middle of a career comeback thanks to Argo, The Town, and his recent casting as Batman.
- Justin Timberlake has been all over the media recently as he promotes his new album.
- Moviegoers not interested in Gravity will likely choose this alternate star-pairing flick.

CONS:

- Reviews haven't been kind.
- Affleck isn't known for playing "the bad guy"--could it be more of a turn-off than a turn-on to audiences?
- Social network activity has been sluggish.

Check out our forecast for these openers and the remainder of the weekend's top 10 in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, Oct. 6
Gravity Oct 4, 2013 Warner Bros.
$42,000,000 $42,000,000
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sep 27, 2013 Sony / Columbia
$22,500,000 $61,700,000
Runner Runner Oct 4, 2013 Fox
$11,000,000 $11,000,000
Prisoners Sep 20, 2013 Warner Bros.
$5,800,000 $48,000,000
Rush (2013) Sep 20, 2013 Universal
$5,300,000 $18,900,000
Baggage Claim Sep 27, 2013 Fox Searchlight
$4,700,000 $15,800,000
Don Jon Sep 27, 2013 Relativity Media
$4,500,000 $16,300,000
Insidious Chapter 2 Sep 13, 2013 FilmDistrict
$3,600,000 $74,400,000
Enough Said Sep 18, 2013 Fox Searchlight
$2,600,000 $5,800,000
Instructions Not Included Aug 30, 2013 Lionsgate / Pantelion
$2,200,000 $41,700,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: Runner Runner, Gravity

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