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“Gravity” hits the top spot, breaking records at the box office with a huge $55.6 million opening. The space film starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, set new records boasting with the biggest opening of all time for an October release ahead of the $52.6 million debut posted by “Paranormal Activity 3” back in 2011. The critical acclaimed film received an excellent “A-” grade from CinemaScore.

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“Believe the hype: Gravity is as jaw-droppingly spectacular as you’ve heard” – Rottentomatoes.com

This also marks the largest opening ever for Bullock and Clooney. “Gravity” outperformed Bullock’s “The Heat”  ($39.1M)  which opened earlier this summer. It’s been a while since Clooney topped his personal best, previously held with “Batman & Robin” ($42.9M in 1997). Director Alfonso Cuaron also has reason to celebrate with “Gravity” sitting in second place as one of his biggest opening films. His biggest entry sitting at number one is for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” ($93M in 2004).

James Cameron hailed the movie as the best space film ever, saying:

“I was stunned, absolutely floored. I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time. What is interesting is the human dimension. Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.”

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Disaster strikes on a seemingly routine spacewalk, seeing the shuttle destroyed, and leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone

It is safe to assume that Clooney and  Bullock is probably making arrangements for their tailor fit red carpet attire and preparing a speech for the Oscars.

Rottentomatoes.com review results at the time of the article:

Raters Gravity
Critics 98%
Users 90%
Count
Critics 217
Users 65642

Courtesy of Rottentomatoes.com: Synopsis

GRAVITY, directed by Oscar (R) nominee Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar (R) winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone.

Quick look at the numbers for last week:

  1. “Gravity” – $55.6 million
  2. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” – $21.5 milllion
  3. “Runner, Runner” – $7.6 million
  4. “Prisoners” – $5.7 million
  5. “Rush” – $4.4 million
  6. “Don Jon” – $4.2 million
  7. “Baggage Claim” – $4.1 million
  8. “Insidious Chapter 2” – $3.9 million
  9. “Pulling Strings” – $2.5 million
  10. “Enough Said” – $2.2 million

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