This weekend sees the debut of a movie that is a must-see on the big screen and the return of Justin Timberlake, the actor.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a space-based science fiction thriller. Runner, Runner is a crime thriller based in the world of online poker starring Ben Affleck and Timberlake.
Last weekend saw the Top 12 movies at the box office gross almost $96 million and over $107 million overall at the movies. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 topped the charts with $34 million. Prisoners dropped 47% in its second weekend, but still took the second spot at the box office with $10.8 million. Rush brought in $10 million in its first weekend of wide-release. Don Jon took in a seemingly paltry $8 million in its opening weekend, but it is worth noting that the Joseph Gordon-Levitt film only cost $6 million to produce. Compare that with the $74 million it took to make Cloudy 2 and the $46 million it took to make Prisoners.
Director Brad Furman’s last movie was the acclaimed The Lincoln Lawyer, which helped rejuvenate Matthew McConaughey’s career in 2011. In Runner, Runner, he has two great actors in Affleck and Timberlake. The film has released late last month overseas and has pulled in $11 million thus far.
Written by a father and son team, Gravity tells the story of two astronauts, Bullock and Clooney, who face all kinds of problems when a massive debris storm leaves them alone and drifting in space. The performances of Bullock and Clooney have received rave reviews and the cinematography and special effects have people comparing it to Avatar in terms of it being a movie you HAVE to see in 3-D in theaters. MX Movies is showing it in 3-D beginning on Friday. For an even more larger-than-life experience, four theaters in the area can give you the IMAX experience. Analysts are saying Gravity could take in $40 million this weekend thanks in large part to buzz on social media platforms.
Catch It Before It Is Gone
The Matt Damon sci-fi vehicle Elysium pulled in just under $92 million at the domestic box office after an almost $30 million dollar opening weekend. It was a big success at the foreign box office though with a $171.7 million dollar take. It opens this weekend at our favorite second-run movie house. The Way, Way Back also opens at Keller this weekend. The film stars Steve Carell and received great reviews. It only took in $23 million at the box office, but that was plenty enough to cover its $4.6 million budget.
This Is The End is now out on dvd after pulling in $101 million at the domestic box office over the summer. Sharknado, is also out on dvd, in case you missed this brilliant flim from Asylum that aired over the summer on the Syfy network