#BOXOFFICE: “GONE GIRL” GOES BEYOND EXPECTATIONS IN DEBUT
Exceeding just about everyone’s expectations at the Box Office this weekend is David Fincher‘s Gone Girl from 3,014 theatres, reigning supreme in North America with a superb $38 million for 20th Century Fox. Audiences may have responded lukewarm to the Gillian Flynn Adaptation with a B CinemaScore, but Critics gave it a resounding “yes” with an 87% score on the Tomatometer. Social Media buzz peaked right in time for release with Twitter and Facebook set afire with the revelation that Ben Affleck appears nude late in the Film. Inasmuch as we’d hate to acknowledge this played a big part, it is undeniable. We saw Gone Girl and we loved it. It was gripping, oddly-funny and unlike anything we’ve ever seen; the fastest two-and-a-half hours we’ve spent at the Movies in a while.
Annabelle continues what is becoming a largely successful Franchise for Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring. The Prequel debuts a strong second with $37 million from 3,185 theatres, accomplishing a rare feat of two Films debuting in the Top Two with $30+ million in October. The last time this happened according to Gitesh Pandya, was 2008 with High School Musical 3 and Saw 5. Critics passed on it with a 31% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences gave it a better B CinemaScore. By comparison, The Conjuring debuted in July 2013 with $41 million. A Sequel is slated for late 2015.
TIFF ’14 Selection The Equalizer, which debuted on-top last weekend, continues to perform well in third with $17 million in its second week out for Sony Pictures. Meanwhile, The Maze Runner in its third week still continues to more than earn its keep in fourth for 20th Century Fox with $11.6 million.
Nicolas Cage‘s latest effort, Left Behind debuts in sixth with $8 million from 1,800 screens for Stoney Lake Entertainment/Freestyle Releasing. Audiences gave it a B- CinemaScore, although it got a much worse 3% on the Tomatometer from Critics.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is former Champ No Good Deed from Sony Pictures, earning $2.4 million, now in its fourth week out.
#BOXOFFICE: “THE EQUALIZER” DOES BALANCING ACT AT BOX OFFICE
After making a splash at TIFF ’14, The Equalizer balances its way to the top of the Box Office this weekend with an impressive $35 million from 3,236 theatres in its North American debut. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the Action-Drama reunites the Filmmaker with Denzel Washington after their Oscar-winning success with Training Day. Although mixed, Reviews were not altogether bad for the Sony Pictures release, garnering 60% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore which just might help with word of mouth in coming weeks. The Film, based on the popular ’80s TV Series, was made for approximately $55 million.
In its second week out, 20th Century Fox‘s The Maze Runner finds itself in second spot after a successful debut the weekend prior. It pulls-in a solid $17.5 million this weekend from 3,638 theatres, cumulatively grossing $58 million domestically thus far.
Moviegoers hungry for some Family content, flocked to see Focus Features/eOne Films’ The Boxtrolls this weekend, earning $17.2 million from 3,464 theatres. According to CinemaScore, the Animated Feature earns a B+ rating, while Critics gave it a decent 72% on the Tomatometer. The Movie features the voicework of Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning and Toni Collette.
In its second week out, star-studded Dramedy This is Where I Leave You finds itself in fourth spot with $7.2 million for Warner Bros. This brings its two-week tally to $22.2 million, just recouping back its $19 million budget.
Former Champ No Good Deed lands in sixth spot for Sony Pictures with $4.6 million in its third week, just ahead of A Walk Among the Tombstones from Universal Pictures/eOne Films which tallied-in with $4.2 million in its second week out.
A resilient Guardians of the Galaxy is in eighth spot in now its ninth week of release, with $3.7 million earned this weekend. The Blockbuster from Marvel edges past the $320-million mark in U.S./Canada.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.4 million for Paramount Pictures in its eighth week out. It edges ever-closer to that $200-million mark.
#BOXOFFICE: “NO GOOD DEED” DOES PLENTY WELL IN DEBUT
No Good Deed does plenty nice at the Box Office this weekend, taking the top spot with $24.5 million for Sony Pictures from 2,715 theatres. The Action Flick starring Idris Elba despite getting only 10% from Critics on the Tomatometer, gets a much better B+ CinemaScore.
Dolphin Tale 2 opens in second spot with $15 million for Warner Bros. with an A CinemaScore and a good 73% on the Tomatometer. By contrast, its Predecessor earned $19 million in its 2011 debut.
Guardians of the Galaxy continues to show great resilience in third spot with $9 million for Marvel in now its seventh week, just surpassing the $300 million mark in North America.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to go well in fourth spot for Paramount Pictures with $5 million this weekend. To date it has grossed $181 million in six weeks.
The Drop opens in sixth spot in limited release after a Premiere at TIFF ’14 last weekend, earning a decent $5 million from 809 theatres.
Rounding-out the Top Ten with $2.6 million is The Giver in its fifth week out with a total $41 million grossed domestically.