'Bad Grandpa' tops Sandra Bullock at North American box office


LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Irreverent comedy"Bad Grandpa" knocked Sandra Bullock's 3D space thriller"Gravity" from the top of the weekend box office charts in theUnited States and Canada, kicking off with $32 million in ticketsales over its first three days.

"Bad Grandpa" stars "Jackass" comedian Johnny Knoxville inthe story of an 86-year-old man who travels across the UnitedStates with his 8-year-old grandson. It follows the success ofthree earlier "Jackass" films about a group of death-defyingpranksters.

After three weeks in first place, "Gravity" slipped to theNo. 2 slot with $20.3 million in domestic ticket sales,according to studio estimates on Sunday. The movie stars Bullockand George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space.

Somali pirate drama "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks,finished in third place, collecting $11.8 million.

Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc, released"Bad Grandpa." "Gravity" was distributed by Warner Bros., a unitof Time Warner Inc. Sony Corp's movie studioreleased "Captain Phillips."

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