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“Gravity” Soars Even Higher, “Runner Runner” Flops at Box Office

Expected to earn roughly $45-50 million based on its Friday bow, critically-acclaimed “Gravity” accelerated its pace for a whopping $55.6 million weekend debut.

Far stronger than anticipated, the dominant total befits the film’s rave reviews and resonant marketing. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, its pair of A-list stars, certainly did not adversely affect the film’s appeal.

And if word-of-mouth is tantamount to a long shelf life in this day and age, “Gravity”‘s A- CinemaScore suggests it has a strong chance of showing off those legs.

Down 37% from last week’s chart-leading bow, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” claimed second place with $21.5 million.

Distantly behind was critically-panned new release “Runner Runner.” That one, highlighted by a pairing between Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, flopped with an abysmal $7.6 million in receipts. Holdovers “Prisoners” ($5.7 million) and “Rush” ($4.4 million) completed the top five.

On the semi-wide front, new release “Pulling Strings” earned $2.5 million from 387 screens for a ninth-place finish.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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