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Gravity, George Clooney

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Gravity ascended to the top of this weekend's box office.

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock's sci-fi drama was so successful in its debut weekend, that it not only took the top spot at the box office with $55.6 million, but it also set a new record.

The film, made for $100 million, broke the record for the top October opening, previously held by Paranormal Activity 3, which raked in $52.6 million in its debut.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

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Gravity also marked the biggest opening to date for Clooney and Bullock alike.

While Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 nabbed the second spot with $14.5 million in its second week, it appears not many people ran to the box office to see Runner Runner, which only pulled in $7.6 million and took the third spot.

Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck's gambling thriller marked the lowest opening for Affleck since 2006, according to the Wall Street Journal

Runner Runner

© 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Here's a complete look at the weekend's top movies, Friday-Sunday studio estimates and stats as compiled by Box Office Mojo:

1. Gravity: $55.6 million

2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2: $14.5 million

3. Runner Runner: $7.6 million

4. Prisoners: $5.7 million

5. Rush: $4.4 million

6. Don Jon: $4.2 million

7. Baggage Claim: $4.1 million

8. Insidious Chapter 2: $3.9 million

9. Pulling Strings: $2.5 million

10. Enough Said: $2.2 million