Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
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October 14th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"Captain Phillips" opened with $26 million. Though a decent opening weekend, the film wasn't able to knock "Gravity" from top spot. Tom Hanks stars as the commanding officer of a container ship. In 2009, the ship and its crew run into trouble. Pirates off the coast of Somalia force Captain Phillips to make tough decisions. As he waits for rescue, Phillips realizes how dire the situation truly is. The PG-13 rating is for sustained sequences of menace, as well as for substance abuse and bloody images.

"Machete Kills" saw opening weekend profits of $3,797,000. With a madman threatening to unleash a deadly weapon, the U.S. government calls on the one man who can get the job done. Machete is ready to leap into action and cut down anyone who stands in his way. He soon discovers a plot that goes deeper than he expected. The action-packed movie has an R rating for mature content, language, and strong bloody violence throughout.

Continuing Films
"Gravity" continued to dominate the box office. With weekend profits of $44,265,000, the film has earned over $123 million during its two weekends in theaters. Dr. Stone, a medical engineer, embarks on her first space shuttle mission. Debris from a foreign missile strike throws the mission into disarray, leaving Dr. Stone stranded and helpless in outer space. Now, she must work against the odds to figure out a way back to safety. "Gravity" has a PG-13 rating for intense perilous sequences, brief strong language, and disturbing images.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" saw profits of $14,200,000. Since its debut, the animated sequel has brought in over $78 million. Flint Lockwood is trying to leave his disastrous experiences behind him. He lives in a new place and has a new job. When his boss asks Flint to retrieve his infamous FLDSMDFR, though, Flint has to head back to Swallow Falls. Fortunately, his friends come along for the big adventure. The PG rating is due to mild rude humor.

"Runner Runner" earned $3,725,000, bringing total profits to more than $14 million. Richie gambles on his future, relying on winnings from an online poker match to fund his education. When he loses everything, Richie realizes that the program must have cheated him out of his win. With nothing left to lose, Richie heads off to confront the man behind the poker empire. "Runner Runner" has an R rating for mature content and language.

Thanks to weekend earnings of $3,665,000, "Prisoners" saw its total profits surpass $53 million. Two young girls vanish from a safe neighborhood. The detective on the case focuses on a mysterious RV trailer that was in the area before the girls disappeared. When that lead proves confusing, the father of one of the girls decides to go rogue and discover information on his own terms. The film has an R rating for language and disturbing violence that includes torture.

"Insidious: Chapter 2" earned $2,650,000. The spooky film has brought in $78,447,017 since its opening. Ever since her husband returned from the Further, Renai has worried that things seem different around the Lambert household. Even after they flee to Renai's mother-in-law, troubling occurrences plague the once-happy family. It will take a journey to the past to unravel the dark secrets that are haunting the present. The film has a PG-13 rating for thematic material elements and intense sequences of violence and terror.

"Rush" saw profits of $2,364,000. Ron Howard's Formula One film has earned over $22 million. In the 1970s, James Hunt and Niki Lauda are the racers to watch. Though their lives and personalities off the track could not be more different, they are equally matched competitors. As Lauda and Hunt carry out their epic rivalry, the rest of the world watches in suspense and awe. Mature content, nudity, disturbing images, language, and brief drug use contribute to an R rating.
Movies to DVD

"The Heat" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, October 15. A foul-mouthed cop and an arrogant, awkward FBI agent team up to bring down a drug kingpin. Both of the women stand to gain a lot if they can carry off the mission. But between Ashburn's uptight attitude and Mullins' tough approach, the two can barely agree on anything. The film's R rating is due to pervasive language, strong crude content, and some violence.

"Pacific Rim" stars Charlie Hunnam as a former pilot who once controlled enormous war machines. In the ongoing battle between humankind and ferocious alien beasts, Raleigh used to be one of humanity's best weapons. When he has a chance to return to the fray, Raleigh isn't sure he can handle reminders of past tragedies. "Pacific Rim" has a PG-13 rating for brief language and intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.