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Bad Grandpa was the number one film at the box office this weekend, earning $32 million and finally knocking Gravity out of the top spot. The latest installment of the Jacka** franchise, starring Johnny Knoxville, follows Irving Zisman, a crotchety 86-year-old, and his 8-year-old grandson Billy as the outrageous duo embark on a hidden-camera road trip across America, performing stunts and punking people.
Gravity still pulled in $20 million in second place, pushing its domestic total past $200 million and its worldwide take at $374 million. Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips came in third with $11.8 million. Rounding out the top five were The Counselor, which drew a meager $8 million. The film is a certified bomb, despite its all-star cast including Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and 12 Years a Slave co-stars Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 was in fifth place with $6.1 million.
On the topic of 12 Years a Slave, the antebellum drama — hailed a masterpiece by critics — is proving to resonate with audiences as well. The film rolled out to more theaters this weekend and pulled in $2.2 million, giving it an astounding $17,430 per-screen average. The film is expected to continue expanding to more theaters in more cities in the coming weeks.
Next week, Matthew McConaughey's buzzworthy performance in Dallas Buyer's Club comes to theaters, along with Harrison Ford in Ender's Game and Morgan Freeman in Last Vegas.
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