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Warner Bros. Pictures' "Gravity" Has Fast Climb to $100 Million Worldwide

October 9, 2013

YellowBrix

Alfonso Cuaron's dramatic thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, soars with critics and audiences around the world

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Only five days after its record-breaking launch, Warner Bros. Pictures' "Gravity" has flown past $100 million at the worldwide box office. The film has earned an estimated $68.5 million domestically and $35.8 internationally for a global total to date of $104.3 million. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Following weeks of enthusiastic critical acclaim and huge anticipation from moviegoers, the Alfonso Cuaron-directed dramatic thriller exceeded all expectations on its opening weekend. Taking in $55.8 million domestically, "Gravity" broke a number of box office records, including those for the biggest October opening for any film, the largest IMAX opening in October ($11.8 million), and the highest opening weekend ever for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, "We are all thrilled by this start--from the tremendous critical acclaim to the fantastic response from audiences. Alfonso Cuaron and his brilliant collaborators crafted a groundbreaking film that succeeds on every level, both creatively and commercially. Word of mouth has been amazing and we expect it only to grow, keeping 'Gravity' strong at the box office in the weeks and months ahead."

Kwan Vandenberg noted, "'Gravity' is a riveting and relatable human drama that has struck a chord with moviegoers in countries around the globe. We are excited by these numbers and know this is just the beginning, with much-anticipated openings coming up in major markets such as the UK, France, Japan, Korea, Brazil and Mexico."

Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. Pictures President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, said, "The buzz on 'Gravity' began building when we unveiled the film at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Critical raves and screening audience reactions reinforced what we already knew--that the combination of thrilling drama, breathtaking visuals, and powerful performances made this a film that had to be experienced on the big screen." President of Worldwide Production Greg Silverman added, "Sue and I join everyone at Warner Bros. in congratulating Alfonso Cuaron, producer David Heyman, screenwriter Jonas Cuaron, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and all the other talented artists who worked to make 'Gravity' an unequivocal cinematic achievement."

Academy Award(R) winners Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side") and George Clooney ("Syriana") star in "Gravity," a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar(R) nominee Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men").

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski 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" was written by Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron, and produced by Alfonso Cuaron and David Heyman (the "Harry Potter" films). Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes multiple Oscar(R)-nominated director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki ("Children of Men," "The New World"); production designer Andy Nicholson (art director "Alice in Wonderland"); editors Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger (VFX editor "Children of Men"); and costume designer Jany Temime (the "Harry Potter" films). The visual effects were handled by Oscar(R)-nominated visual effects supervisor Tim Webber ("The Dark Knight"). The music was composed by Steven Price ("Attack the Block").

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents an Esperanto Filmoj/Heyday Films Production, an Alfonso Cuaron Film, "Gravity." The film will be released in 3D and 2D and IMAX(R), and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company. This film has been rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language.

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Warner Bros. Pictures Candice McDonough (310) 967-6991 candice.mcdonough@newline.com or Warner Bros. Pictures Domestic Publicity Paulette Osorio (818) 954-2708 paulette.osorio@warnerbros.com or International Publicity Kevin Frank (818) 954-7180 kevin.frank@warnerbros.com

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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