Outer space drama Gravity has topped the North American box office for a second consecutive weekend.
The astronaut thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney took $44.3 million, according to early estimates.
Gravity easily beat Tom Hanks’ latest film, Captain Phillips, which took $26 million.
The movie tells the true story of the cargo ship captain who was taken hostage by Somali pirates after his ship was hijacked in 2009.
Gravity and Captain Phillips have earned critical acclaim with both Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks tipped as likely Oscar contenders.
Gravity‘s successful second week haul brings its total US domestic takings to $123.4 million.
“They say what goes up must come down, but that’s not really true with Gravity,” box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.
“To have opened as big as it did last week and only drop 21% [in revenue], that’s really an amazing hold. It’s a direct testament to the word of mouth on the movie.”
Gravity has topped the North American box office for a second consecutive weekend
Animated sequel Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 was at three in its third week of release with $14.2 million.
The weekend’s only other new release, Machete Kills, opened in fourth place with $3.8 million.
The gun-toting sequel from director Robert Rodriguez and starring Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez is the follow-up to Machete, which earned $11.4 million when it opened in 2010.
Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, fell two places to five with $3.7 million.
North American box office top 5:
1. Gravity – $44.3 million
2. Captain Phillips – $26 million
3. Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs 2 – $14.2 million
4. Machete Kills – $3.8 million
5. Runner Runner – $3.7 million
Lady Gaga decided to release her new lyric video Applause on Wednesday.
Lady Gaga, 27, only shot the video on Monday at nightclub Micky’s in West Hollywood, California.
She rushed it out to keep up with the early release of the Applause single after it was leaked online.
Lady Gaga was both video star and creator as she held a handheld camera during the filming to provide her own scenes.
The video by Haus Of Gaga featured a series of quick cuts and opens with an image of Lady Gaga getting touched up as she wore rainbow-coloured, kabuki-like face paint.
It’s the same edgy make-up look that Lady Gaga wore on the cover of her upcoming album ARTPOP.
Lyrics to the catchy tune run along the bottom of the video as Lady Gaga gives the viewer a front-row seat at a raucous drag queen runway show.
“I stand here waiting for you to bang the gong!” she sang at the beginning of the song.
Lady Gaga released a lyric video for her new single Applause after filming it earlier this week
Lady Gaga cavorted around with others who also wore the multi-coloured face paint along with flowing white robes and black skull caps.
“I live for the applause, applause, applause,” Lady Gaga belted out as performers in the video clapped in unison.
The singer also wrapped an arm around a performer dressed up as Peter Pan.
Lady Gaga had urged her legion of fans to dress up and join her for the video shoot.
“I will definitely NOT be at Micky’s tonight, and I will definitely NOT expect you there to be in my lyric video,” Lady Gaga tweeted on Monday.
“I’M SERIOUS LA MONSTERS, ITS NOT LIKE I WILL BE HOPING YOU ARE THERE WITH YOUR APPLAUSE MAKEUP READY TO DANCE FOR ME AND WATCH DRAG.”
Lady Gaga released the Applause lyric video early after the song leaked online on Monday ahead of its scheduled release next week.
She is set to make her own big-screen debut as La Chameleon in Robert Rodriguez’s sequel Machete Kills, due out October 4.
Her fourth studio album ARTPOP is due out in November.
Lady Gaga will sing her new track Applause at the MTV Music Awards – airing live August 25 – which will be her first performance since having hip surgery in February.
Lady Gaga’s scarlet play suit has been revealed in a new trailer for upcoming movie Machete Kills.
Lady Gaga is playing La Chameleón, who is an old lover of Machete Cortez, played by Danny Trejo.
Both having some unfinished business, she comes back at him in the movie.
Lady Gaga in a new trailer for upcoming movie Machete Kills
Danny Trejo reboots the character of Machete in the sequel, which is also helmed by Robert Rodriguez.
He is hired by the President to take down villainous billionaire Luther Voz, played by Mel Gibson, who is attempting to launch a missile into space.
At the beginning of the clip, Charlie Sheen, who plays the President in the film, is seen lying in bed with three lingerie-clad beauties, who passes the phone down to him with an important call.
In the clip we are also introduced to Amber Heard’s character – Miss San Antonio.
The actress is also a sight for sore eyes as she plays a beauty pageant queen.
Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez, who starred in Machete, return briefly in the trailer, with the latter wearing a patch over one eye as she reprises the role of Lu.
Machete Kills, which also stars Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Hudgens, is scheduled for release on September 13.