By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gravity continued to exert its pull on multiplex moviegoers.

The science fiction thriller finished first at the box office for the second straight weekend, earning an estimated $44-million.

The runner-up was Captain Phillips, the new hijacking-by-pirates bio-drama starring Tom Hanks.

It took in a respectable $26-million in its debut.

Third place went to the holdover animated sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, with a total of $14-million.

Coming in fourth was the weekend’s other new mainstream release, the action thriller sequel, Machete Kills, which earned a modest $4-million.

Overall, industry-wide totals were down compared to a year ago, but Gravity, approaching blockbuster status after setting a record for an October opening last weekend, exceeded the $100-million mark in only its second weekend.

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