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George Clooney, Sandra Bullock score big with 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller dominated the weekend box office.
Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM   |   Comments

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Oct. 6 (UPI) -- George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are two of Hollywood's biggest movie stars, with decades of critically and commercially successful films between them.

But at 52 and 49 respectively, the two actors just scored the biggest opening weekend of both of their careers with newly minted box office juggernaut, "Gravity."

Buoyed by positive reviews and Oscar buzz, the Alfonso Cuaron-directed space flick drew $55.5 million viewers over the weekend, the largest October debut of all time.

"Gravity" is also the second-biggest opening weekend for Cuaron, who previously directed "Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban."

The 3D film also raked in $11.2 million from IMAX theaters, another record for October.

All this box-office success "bodes well for Warner [Bros] upcoming Oscar campaign," Deadline's Pete Hammond wrote over the weekend. "One studio source said they expect at least 10 nominations including Best Picture, Actress, Director and of course across the board in below-the-line areas where the film is the odds-on favorite to actually win."

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