UPDATE 1-'Bad Grandpa' tops 'Gravity' at North American box office

Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:55pm EDT
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By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Oct 27 (Reuters) - Prankster comedy "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" kicked Sandra Bullock's 3D space thriller "Gravity" from the top of weekend box office charts in the United States and Canada, starting off with $32 million in ticket sales over its first three days.

After three weeks in first place, "Gravity" slipped to the No. 2 slot with $20.3 million in domestic ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday. "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in the real-life story of a ship hijacked by Somali pirates, finished in third place, collecting $11.8 million.

"Bad Grandpa" stars "Jackass" comedian Johnny Knoxville in disguise as an 86-year-old man who travels across the United States with his 8-year-old grandson, pulling pranks on unsuspecting people they encounter on the way.

The movie follows three earlier "Jackass" films inspired by an MTV television show, creating a low-budget film franchise that pulled in a combined $254 million in worldwide ticket sales. The latest installment cost $15 million to make.

Box office forecasters had predicted "Bad Grandpa" would debut with about $25 million at domestic theaters, while executives said studio projections ran as high as the low 20-millions.

"It's a spectacular result," said Don Harris, Paramount's president of theatrical distribution, adding that the movie was "playing much more like a regular comedy than like a 'Jackass' movie," with audiences comprised of more women and older moviegoers than the previous "Jackass" film.

"The audience wasn't just a bunch of teenagers," Harris said, noting that the film "is not 'Jackass 4,' it's a spinoff" of the franchise.   Continued...