Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, had no problem reaching dizzying heights over the weekend. The breathtaking and meditative space drama easily locked down the top spot at the box office, pulling in $55.79 million in its debut frame — a new record for an October bow. Amongst fellow new openers Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, slotted third, with just $7.7 million, while Pulling Strings, with a robust $6,275-per-screen average, placed ninth, with $2.47 million.
Animated family film sequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 slipped to second place overall, ringing up another $20.95 million and putting its 10-day domestic total just north of $60 million. Rounding out the otherwise tightly clustered top 10 were: Prisoners, with $5.75 million; director Ron Howard’s Rush, with $4.48 million; Don Jon, with $4.16 million; Baggage Claim, with $4.08 million; Insidious: Chapter 2, with $3.9 million; and Enough Said, with $2.19 million. In its ninth week of release, meanwhile, We’re the Millers pushed ever closer to a quarter-billion-dollar worldwide gross, presumably at least in part on the strength of Jennifer Aniston‘s striptease sequence.