When we first saw images of George Clooney’s sci-fi epic Gravity, we weren’t sure what to make of it. We really didn’t know what to make out of the fact that it would be released in 3D, considering director Alfonso Cuaron doesn’t seem like the type to conform commercial norms. But Gravity is doing something very special that the Academy Awards will no doubt take notice of.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is set to open to blockbuster type numbers especially given the time of year it’s being released. The early projection is that Gravity will rake in around $50 million over it’s opening weekend which would make it one of the highest grossing films to have ever been released in October.
Based on the strength of Friday’s $17.5 million take, Alfonso Cuaron‘s 3D space epic Gravity is expected to gross between $48 million and $50 million in its North American debut. If so, it would mark one of the top October openings of all time and the best for a non-sequel.
The $50 million opening weekend would be a career best for both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, topping previous totals each actor totaled in the past. For Bullock, this weekend will top her previous best $39.1 million which she attained earlier this year with The Heat while Clooney clears his $42.9 million for Batman & Robin by almost a full $10 million.
The best part about the opening is that the film is more in line with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey than it is with other movies released in 3D. It’s not only encouraging to see moviegoers flocking to an intelligent movie but it’s going to help Gravity when it comes time to nominate films for awards.