Gravity and the Box-Office Pull on the Oscars

Gravity's Clooney (left) and Bullock Photograph by Warner Bros. Pictures/Everett Collection

Propelled by gushing reviews and a plot that speeds along at orbital velocity, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, set a new October opening-weekend record with a $55.6 million bonanza. The explosive debut is likely to give the film surer footing in the year’s ongoing Oscar discussion, especially as Hollywood turns the corner into the fall movie season.

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