Gravity has broken a US box office record over its opening weekend.
Since arriving in cinemas on Friday (October 4) the sci-fi thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney has raked in an estimated $55.6 million (£34.6 million) – the highest ever opening weekend total during the month of October. The previous October record was set by Paranormal Activity 3, which grossed $52.6 million (£32.7 million) over its opening weekend in 2011.
Gravity is essentially a two-hander between the Oscar-winning stars: they play astronauts who get stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed by debris, and the film follows their attempt to return to Earth. Clooney and Bullock are the only faces seen in the movie, though Ed Harris provides the voice of NASA mission control in Houston.
Gravity was directed and co-written by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, whose previous movies include Children Of Men, Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban and Y tu mamá también. It’s set to open in UK cinemas on November 8 – watch the trailer below.
Meanwhile, in the US Gravity has been a hit with film critics as well as cinema-goers. According to Paddy Power, the film is currently third favourite to win next year’s Best Picture Oscar with odds of 8/1, while Bullock is fifth favourite for the Best Actress gong at 10/1.