This weekend is set to be dominated by a film opening to such immense buzz that some of the box office predictions coming out of Hollywood almost seem conservative as a result. Warner Bros.’ (NYSE:TWX) 3D space epic Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, is set to tower over the competition at the box office this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a variety of studios aiming for movie-goers who aren’t interested in science-fiction — or can’t purchase tickets to Gravity because they’re sold out.
Among the wide releases this week and box office holdovers, Sony (NYSE:SNE) will be debuting one of its films that’s received early Oscar-buzz leading up to release. Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass, will be released in about 800 theaters on Saturday night, ahead of its October 11 release date.
Based on the true story of a cargo ship overtaken by Somali pirates, the film is believed to be Sony’s best shot at an Oscar this year and, along with Gravity, represents the first push towards the Oscars. Here’s what you can expect from the top five films at the box office this weekend.