Box Office Milestone: 'Gravity' Crossing $200 Million Domestically


Later this week, Alfonso Cuaron's 3D space epic will record another milestone when it rockets past $400 million worldwide.

Box-office sensation Gravity isn't crashing to Earth anytime soon.

The Warner Bros. film will cross the $200 million mark sometime on Monday in North America after ending the weekend with $199.7 million in ticket sales.

It's not the only milestone fast approaching. Sometime this week, Gravity -- starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney -- will become the biggest live-action October release of all time, not accounting for inflation, when it surpasses the $376.1 million worldwide earned by Taken 2 (the top October release is Puss in Boots, which took in $555 million globally in 2011).

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The space epic, which has restored some of the luster to 3D, has earned $166.8 million internationally for a global total of $366.5 million through Sunday.

Gravity is already the top-grossing October film of all time in North America, besting the $166.2 million earned by Meet the Parents in 2000.

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron and produced by David Heyman, Gravity is a grand slam for all involved. At this pace, the drama, costing north of $80 million to produce, could ultimately earn $550 million to $600 million worldwide. It's also destined to be a strong awards contender.

Warners' decision to roll Gravity out more slowly overseas, allowing for word of mouth to build, is paying off in a big way. This past weekend, the movie opened to a stunning $12.3 million in France, including previews. Russia leads overall with $19.4 million in ticket sales, followed by Korea with $15.4 million. Gravity has yet to open in the U.K. (Nov. 8), China (Nov. 20) and Japan (Dec. 13), all territories where it stands to do substantial business.

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