There's still hope for original cinema yet! In a world where all the record-breaking movies seem to be reboots, sequels or remakes, it's relieving to see a relatively small budget original one-off racking in the serious bucks.
's space thriller Gravity has blasted off into the record books with it's opening weekend, taking in over $55.6 million from 3,575 domestic theaters. This means Gravity is now the highest opening ever for the month of October, overtaking the previous record holder, Paranormal Activity 3, by $3 million.
That's not the only record Gravity has smashed. Surprisingly, the movie is also the biggest opening ever for both of its principle stars. 's previous best was recent release The Heat, which took $39.1 million on its opening weekend, while 's previous best opener was Batman & Robin with $42.9 million. (Yep, you read that right).
Internationally, Gravity also performed well, taking in $27.4 million and pushing its global total to $83 million. When you consider Gravity was made on a relatively low budget of $100 million, Warner Bros are no doubt rubbing their hands together in anticipation at the near certainty of making a healthy profit.
Gravity has also been a stellar showcase of what can be achieved with 3D and IMAX technology, and for the most part, audiences seemed receptive to paying a bit extra for the whole experience. 80% of domestic sales were from 3D screenings, while just around one fifth came from IMAX screenings. This result means Gravity also broke IMAX's previous October record of $10 million.
Fans of original cinema should be delighted at this news. Just like pretty much every industry the world over, money does most of the talking in Hollywood. Hopefully, the financial (not to even mention critical) success of Gravity will send studio executive's heading into that dusty pile of original screenplays they've been collecting over the years.
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