Sets a record for an October opening.
Ever since Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival to universal, rapturous acclaim, anticipation for the space-set thriller had been febrile.
When none other than James Cameron calls a movie ‘the best space film ever made’, you probably don’t need any more quotes for the poster.
The brilliant marketing campaign and stunning preview clips seem to have done their job.
Gravity opened over the weekend in the US to a stunning $55.6m, a new record for a film released in October. It’s also an opening weekend figure bigger than those of The Wolverine, Despicable Me 2, and Fast & Furious 6 earlier this year. It really is a film that is truly remarkable.
The official synopsis for Gravity reads thus:
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring.
But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone--tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Gravity hits the UK on 8th November. Go see it.