Box Office: ‘Gravity’ Drawing In $40 Million-Plus, But ‘Captain Phillips’ Not Adrift

Originally posted on Variety:

Sony’s Tom Hanks-starrer “Captain Phillips” can’t pull Warner Bros.’ “Gravity” off its trajectory in its soph sesh as it aims to earn about $43 million this weekend.

That represents a mere 22% week-over-week drop for the space drama, and as with last week, insiders have been adjusting estimates to a higher total with each passing day. The film has earned $91.9 million domestically to date.

“Gravity’s” success isn’t making “Captain Phillips” a failure, however. Sony’s ripped-from-the-headlines drama will land in second with about $25 million after an $8.5 million bow Friday.

“Phillips” also has the opportunity to overperform with its strong critical acclaim and A CinemaScore, though it and “Gravity” are vying for the same adult filmgoers and “Gravity” has the advantage of a week of buzz and press from its bow to sway those who passed on weekend one.

The film that is actually suffering this weekend appears to be…

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