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The force is strong for Alfonso Cuarón's 3D science fiction thriller, which broke records at the Us box office this weekend

• Hollywood report: Gravity weighs in at No 1

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Oscar-tipped science fiction thriller Gravity opened in top spot at the Us box office at the weekend with $55.6m (£34.6m), in the process breaking the all-time record for an October debut.

Alfonso Cuarón's 3D spectacular, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts coping with a disaster in space, already looks on course to be this year's Life of Pi. Ang Lee's spectacular 3D adaptation of the Yann Martel fantasy novel took more than $609m (£379m) around the world after opening in November 2012, with Lee going on to take the Oscar for best director in March.

Gravity has benefited from almost universally positive reviews: it currently maintains a hugely impressive 98% "fresh" rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. »

- Ben Child

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