Monday, October 13, 2014

'Gone Girl' holds strong and tops 'Dracula', 'Alexander' at weekend box office

It's been a strong October so far with the surprise success of Gone Girl and Annabelle, and this weekend, we saw some more impressive showings. Gone Girl remained in the #1 spot with $26.8 million. That makes for a remarkable 29% drop, which is very strong. David Fincher's dark and topical drama has now made $78.2 million. The film has received Oscar buzz and critical accolades over the past few weeks, and it's really a film that gets people talking. Gone Girl will probably top $150 million and will almost certainly become David Fincher's highest grossing film.

The most successful new release was Universal's Dracula Untold, which took in $23.4 million in second place. The vampire pic, budgeted at $70 million, is still probably in trouble financially. However, this is a promising start and with Halloween just around the corner, people could flock to this film. Dracula Untold was lambasted by critics (25% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it managed to receive an "A-" Cinemascore, which is quite surprising. If this film holds up like I think it can, it will probably hit $65 million. Dracula Untold will likely rely on international grosses to make a profit.

Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day finished in third place with $19.1 million. The low-budget film (it cost only $28 million) received an "A-" Cinemascore from audiences, which is pretty solid. However, it does face direct competition from The Book of Life next weekend. That film could severely cut down Alexander's grosses. Nonetheless, Disney will have no problem making a profit off of this one.

Annabelle, the big horror film of the month, snagged $16.3 million this weekend in fourth place. That's a relatively solid 56% drop (good for a horror movie), which means that people like this film quite a bit. Annabelle has now grossed $62.1 million and could possibly make a push to $90 million. The biggest disappointment of the weekend was Warner Bros.' The Judge. Robert Downey Jr.'s R-rated drama took in a light $13.3 million in fifth place, which is pretty disappointing. The $50 million budget is certainly not going to help things, but the "A-" Cinemascore is encouraging. Unless The Judge holds exceptionally well, it will undoubtedly lose money.

The Equalizer finished in sixth place with $9.7 million. The Denzel Washington action pic has held rather well in the last few weeks and has now made $79.8 million. Addicted, another new release, took in $7.6 million in seventh place. The film only debuted in 846 theaters, which makes its debut all the more impressive. It will probably keep up the momentum and take in somewhere around $21 million.

The Maze Runner ended up in eighth place this weekend and grabbed $7.5 million. The film has now grossed $83.8 million and will probably make the push to $100 million. The Boxtrolls grossed $6.6 million in ninth place and has now made $41 million. Not bad, but not spectacular either. And finally, Left Behind rounded out the top ten with $2.9 million. The film has now grossed $10.9 million.

Documentary Meet the Mormons also had an impressive showing in eleventh place, grossing $2.7 million. And Kill the Messenger took in a weak $939,000 in a few hundred theaters.

Next weekend sees the release of Fury, The Book of Life, The Best of Me and the full expansion of Men, Women and Children. Here are my predictions:

1. Fury- $33 million
2. The Book of Life- $30 million
3. The Best of Me- $19 million
4. Gone Girl- $18.6 million
5. Dracula Untold- $11.5 million
6. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day- $10 million
7. Annabelle- $8.5 million
8. The Judge- $7.8 million
9. The Equalizer- $6 million
10. The Maze Runner- $4.4 million

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