Movies & TV

Force of 'Gravity' foils pirates at North American box office

U.S actress Sandra Bullock attends the British Film Institute, BFI, London Film Festival Gala Screening of Gravity, at a central London cinema, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK: "Gravity," the 3D thriller about two stranded astronauts, kept its grip on U.S. and Canadian movie charts for a second straight weekend, eclipsing the debut of Somali pirate drama "Captain Phillips" in a battle between two Oscar hopefuls.

The outer space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney pulled in $44.3 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. "Captain Phillips," featuring Tom Hanks in the title role, captured $26 million.

Both films have earned critical acclaim and are mentioned as likely Oscar contenders. "Gravity" wowed critics with its 3D depictions of space and weightlessness, while Hanks won praise for his portrayal of real-life captain Richard Phillips, whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

Animated "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" grabbed the weekend's No. 3 slot, pulling in $14.2 million. The film featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris is the story of a small island stalked by food/animal hybrids known as "foodimals."

"Gravity" was released by Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc. Sony Corp's movie studio released "Captain Phillips" and "Cloudy 2."

 

Recommended





Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here