Sandra Bullock, 'Gravity' rocket past 'Carrie' to win box office


Oct 20 (Reuters) - The 3-D outer space thriller, "Gravity,"continued to rocket past its box office competition over theweekend, eclipsing newcomer "Carrie," to maintain its tight gripon the U.S. and Canadian box offices.

"Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney asastronauts stranded in space, grabbed $31 million in ticketsales at North American theaters to hold the top spot for thethird consecutive weekend. It had overall ticket sales of morethan $170.6 million.

"Captain Phillips," a Tom Hanks movie based on a real-lifepirate attack on a ship, was second with $17.3 million in ticketsales.

"Gravity" beat the $17 million made by "Carrie," which camein third. The remake of the 1976 horror film starring SissySpacek stars 16-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz as the shy girl whowreaks havoc on her tormentors by using her telekinetic powersto destroy her high school prom.

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