Box Office: ‘Gravity’ Pulls Down Record Hold, With $44 Mil; ‘Captain Phillips’ Scores $26 Mil

Originally posted on Variety:

As one of the biggest box office phenoms in recent years, Warner Bros.’ “Gravity” displayed outstanding pull with audiences in its second frame, dropping just 21%, with an estimated $44.3 million. Pic’s hold is the best-ever (during a non-holiday) for a film that opened to $55 million-plus domestically.

“Gravity” — which also scored the largest second weekend for Imax, with $9 million — soared to a boffo $123.4 million Stateside through Sunday.

Globally, the 3D space epic has amassed north of $190 million, with overseas contributing $68 million and counting.

In spite of the fantastic domestic hold for “Gravity,” Sony’s similarly adult-targeted “Captain Phillips” performed exceptionally well, grossing an estimated $26 million. The film’s debut is higher than “Argo,” which bowed this same weekend last year, with $19 million.

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