‘Gravity’ soars to top of weekend box office

LOS ANGELES — The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space drama “Gravity” rocketed to the top of the box office and into industry record books during its opening weekend.

The Warner Bros. adventure debuted with $55.55 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, the biggest October opening ever and the biggest openings for Bullock and Clooney.

Last week’s top movie, Sony’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” rolled into second place with $21.5 million. The animated sequel features the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris.

R-rated fare rounds out the top five. Twentieth Century Fox’s “Runner Runner,” starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, opened in third place with $7.6 million.

Warner Bros.’ “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, crept into the fourth spot. And, Universal’s racing tale “Rush,” starring Chris Hemsworth, drove into fifth place.

Halle Berry to star in CBS series next summer

NEW YORK — CBS says Halle Berry will star in a serialized drama coming to the network next summer.

The Oscar-winning actress will headline “Extant,” a 13-episode thriller. Berry will play an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that change the course of history.

The series is being made in partnership with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, which made last summer’s surprise hit for CBS, “Under the Dome.” CBS announced “Extant” in August.

Scarlett Johansson ‘sexiest’ again

NEW YORK — Seven years after being named Esquire magazine’s sexiest woman alive, Scarlett Johansson has earned the title for a second time.

Johansson, who also won in 2006, is the first woman to get the honor twice. Last year’s winner was Mila Kunis.

Johansson jokingly tells the magazine she’s “gotta hustle” and “pretty soon the roles you’re offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop.”

The 28-year-old actress is also off the market. She recently went public with her engagement to former French journalist Romain Dauriac.

Associated Press