"Gravity" poised to set October box office record

The film is estimated to have netted $55.5 million its opening weekend

Published October 7, 2013 1:45PM (EDT)

Estimated to have earned $55.5 million its opening weekend, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" is set to become the biggest opening weekend in October of all time according to Deadline. One fifth of its domestic sales came from IMAX theaters, also becoming the biggest October opening for any IMAX film, reports USA Today.

As Vulture points out, the George Clooney and Sandra Bullock space epic has captivated audiences without aliens threatening to blow-up Earth. The film evolves around the two astronauts stranded in space, and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews and media buzz over the movie's stunning visual effects and thriller-like pacing.

Even astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, despite noting several scientific inaccuracies with the film, was a fan, saying via Twitter that "I enjoyed #Gravity very much."

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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