Box Office: 'Gravity' Still Easy No. 1; 'Fifth Estate' D.O.A. With $587K Friday

8:53 AM PST 10/19/2013 by Pamela McClintock

UPDATED: "Carrie" softer than expected for $15 million to $16 million opening; "Escape Plan," teaming Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, headed for paltry $9.5 million opening.

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity continues to travel at warp speed in its third weekend, topping the chart Friday with $9.1 million for a projected $30 million weekend.

That's nearly double its nearest competitor, Carrie. The remake took in $6.6 million Friday for a softer-than-expected opening in the $15 million to $16 million range.

Directed by Kimberly Peirce, Carrie stars Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role opposite Julianne Moore. MGM and Sony's Screen Gems spent under $30 million to produce the horror pic, which received a B- CinemaScore.

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Carrie placed No. 2 on Friday but could slip to No. 3 for the weekend should holdover Captain Phillips remain strong in its second outing. Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, could earn nearly $17 million for the weekend.

Prospects are grim for Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, which bombed on Friday with $587,000 for an expected $1.8 million weekend. The movie received a B CinemaScore, mirroring mixed reviews.

From DreamWorks and Participant Media, the movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks. Insiders close to the project concede that Americans may have little interest in WikiLeaks or its founder.

In a interview conducted via Skype last weekend with members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Assange predicted the movie's failure, saying it doesn't provide the sort of underdog story moviegoers want.

Fifth Estate isn't the only new offering wilting in its debut. Escape Plan, which teams Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, may only open to $9.5 million, despite costing upward of $70 million to produce.

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Summit Entertainment and Emmett/Furla films partnered on Escape Plan, which marks another critical test for Schwarzenegger as he tries to resurrect his acting career after his film The Last Stand bombed.

At the specialty box office, Steve McQueen's critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave is surging in its debut. The slavery drama is expected to gross $950,000 for the weekend from 19 theaters in select cities for a location average of $50,000.

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