#BOXOFFICE: “FURY” LIVES UP TO ITS NAME ATOP THE BOX OFFICE
Living up to its name, World War II Drama FURY takes the top of the Box Office for Sony Pictures this weekend, opening in 3,713 theatres across North America with an impressive $23.5 million in its debut. This also gives Director David Ayer (who wrote Training Day) the distinction of the second time debuting atop the Box Office. He accomplished the feat first in September 2012 with End of Watch. Made for a reported $68 million budget, the Film starring a talented male Ensemble including Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Joe Bernthal, Michael Peña and Megastar Brad Pitt tallied in at 80% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, a strong consensus from Critics. CinemaScore also indicates Audiences gave it an A- which bodes well for word of mouth.
Slipping to second spot this weekend is 20th Century Fox‘s commercially and critically successful GONE GIRL. After remaining on-top for two consecutive weeks domestically, the Film earns $17.8 million this weekend in its third week out from 3,248 theatres. The Film also just surpassed the $100 million-mark this weekend in North America also.
20th Century Fox also has a solid showing in third spot with THE BOOK OF LIFE with $17 million from 3,071 theatres. The Animated Feature from Director/Writer Jorge Gutierrez and Producer Guillermo del Toro featuring the Voice Work of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum and Diego Luna, critically has been well-received with an 80% tally on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore also. Many are calling this a Contender Awards Season in its respective category.
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY continues to capitalize on a lack of Family-oriented options at the Box Office, in fourth this weekend with $12 million from 3,088 theatres in its second week for Disney.
THE BEST OF ME, the latest Film Adaptation from best-selling Romance Writer Nicholas Sparks, opens in fifth spot with $10.2 million for Relativity Media and eOne Films from 2,936 theatres. Starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, Critics were harsh on it with a 7% on the Tomatometer, but a decent B+ CinemaScore from Audiences.
ANNABELLE continues to scare Moviegoers in eight with $7.9 million in its third week out from 2,878 theatres. In its North America run so far, this Prequel to The Conjuring has made just shy of $80 million for Warner Bros.
THE EQUALIZER hangs-on to the Top Ten in ninth spot for Sony Pictures with $5.4 million from 2,262 theatres in four weeks, cumulatively grossing just under $90 million.
THE MAZE RUNNER rounds-out the Top Ten with $4.5 million in its fifth week out, just surpassing the $90 million-mark domestically.
#BOXOFFICE: “GONE GIRL” GOES NOWHERE SECOND WEEK OUT
GONE GIRL certainly isn’t going anywhere. For the second week in-a-row, the David Fincher Thriller tops the North American Box Office with $27 million from 3,014 theatres. The Accolades keep pouring-in for the Film, which gets a head start on its competition in the Awards Trail.
Debuting in second spot is DRACULA UNTOLD, earning $23 million for Universal Pictures from 2,887 theatres. Critics were harsh on the Film, giving it 26% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences had positive things to say about it with an A- CinemaScore. Gary Shore directs this take on the classic Vampire Story, with Luke Evans and Toronto’s Sarah Gadon starring.
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in third for Disney with $18.2 million from 3,088 theatres. Critics and Audiences alike had fairly positive things to say about this Family Comedy starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner earning a 62% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore respectively.
After opening in second last weekend, the Horror ANNABELLE slips to fourth spot this weekend for Warner Bros. with $15.2 million from 3,215 theatres.
THE JUDGE, which had the distinction of being the TIFF ’14 Opening Night Gala, opens in fifth with $13.1 million from 3,003 theatres. The Warner Bros. Drama starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, got great reviews from Audiences with an A- CinemaScore but Critics thought otherwise with a 47% on the Tomatometer.
ADDICTED opens in seventh spot for Lionsgate Films with $8.4 million from only 846 theatres. The Drama starring Tyson Beckford and Sharon Leal has yet to open in Canada just yet. Critics gave it a paltry 11% on the Tomatometer.
MEET THE MORMONS rounds-out the Top Ten for Purdie Films with $3.3 million from 317 theatres. The Documentary which does not have Canadian distribution has a 0% rating on the Tomatometer.