#BOXOFFICE: “GOOSEBUMPS” THRILLS MOVIEGOERS IN DEBUT
*FINAL NUMBERS TO COME MONDAY*
Despite competition from all corners, R.L. Stine-adaptation GOOSEBUMPS lands on top in its debut with $24.5 million from 3,501 theatres across North America for Sony Pictures. Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush, the Film which likely will see sequels based on the success of this and the best-selling series on which it is based, gets 71% from critics on the Tomatometer and an A CinemaScore from Audiences.
THE MARTIAN after a two-week domination lands in second this weekend with $22 million for 20th Century Fox. It nears the $150-million-mark domestically.
Cold War drama BRIDGE OF SPIES opens in third for DreamWorks with $15.9 million from 2,811 theatres. This latest effort from Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks, gets a A CinemaScore and an 86% on the Tomatometer.
CRIMSON PEAK opens in fourth with $13 million from 2,984 theatres for Universal Pictures. The Toronto-shot Romance-Horror starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam from Guillermo del Toro, gets an B- CinemaScore and a 68% on the Tomatometer.
Opening in eighth is football drama WOODLAWN for PureFlix with $4.6 million from 1,553 theatres. It has yet to open in Canada, but Audiences gave it an outstanding A+ CinemaScore.
SICARIO is in ninth with $4.5 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films in its fifth week out. Thus far it has grossed $34.6 million in North America.
MAZE RUNNER: SCORCH TRIALS rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.7 million in its fifth week out for 20th Century Fox.
Danny Boyle‘s STEVE JOBS expanded to 60 theatres for Universal Pictures, earning $1.6 million this weekend, to place 11th.
#BOXOFFICE: “HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2” RESTS COMFORTABLY ATOP BOX OFFICE
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 rests comfortably at number one in its debut for Sony Pictures this weekend! The Sequel Animated Feature earns $48.2 million from 3,754 theatres. While Critics were tough on it with a 46% on the Tomatometer, Audiences gave it an excellent A- CinemaScore. Its Predecessor in 2012 earned $42 million opening weekend.
THE INTERN proves to be a success, debut in second for Warner Bros. with $18.2 million from 3,305 theatres. The Dramedy starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, directed by Nancy Meyers, gets a mixed 56% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore, which definitely will help it in coming weeks.
MAZE RUNNER: SCORCH TRIALS slips to third spot for 20th Century Fox this weekend, earning $14 million in its second week out, a cumulative total of $51 in two weeks domestically.
EVEREST expands to 3.006 theatres for Universal Pictures, earning $12.4 million in its second week.
BLACK MASS is in fifth spot with $11.5 million for Warner Bros., totaling $42.5 million in two weeks.
THE GREEN INFERNO opens in ninth with $3.5 million for HTR/eOne Films, from 1,540 theatres. The Horror from Eli Roth gets 39% on the Tomatometer and a C- CinemaScore.
Notably rounding out the Top Ten is TIFF ’15 Selection, SICARIO which plays only at 59 theatres in limited release, earning an impressive $1.7 million already for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films.
#BOXOFFICE: “SCORCH TRIALS” ON FIRE IN DEBUT
Although not as big as its 2014 predecessor, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS debuts atop the Box Office this weekend with $30 million for 20th Century Fox, from 3,791 theatres. The sequel garners a B+ CinemaScore from audiences and a 49% on the Tomatometer.
After a high-profile debut on the festival circuits in Venice and Toronto, BLACK MASS opens in second for Warner Bros. with $24.8 million from 3,188 theatres. The Drama about gangster Whitey Bulger gets a B CinemaScore and a better 79% on the Tomatometer.
In its second week out, horror THE VISIT places third with $10 million from 3,148 theatres for Universal Pictures. It has grossed $41 million domestically.
THE PERFECT GUY lands in fourth in its second week out with $9.8 million for Sony Pictures. Cumulatively it has made $41 million in North America.
From only 545 theatres, EVEREST debuts in fifth for Universal Pictures with $6.9 million. It gets a decent 73% on the Tomatometer.
CAPTIVE rounds-out the Top Ten for Paramount Pictures with $1.9 million from 806 theatres across North America. It earned 36% from Critics on the Tomatometer.
#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 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.
#SPOTTED: DYLAN O’BRIEN, WILL POULTER + KAYA SCODELARIO IN TORONTO FOR “THE MAZE RUNNER”
The amount of buzz surrounding Young Adult Adaptation The Maze Runner is deafening. A Trio of Cast Members from the Action-Fantasy headed by star Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers) and Kaya Scodelario (Skins) arrived in Toronto last night to promote the new Film by Director Wes Ball.
We caught up with the Cast earlier today as they were out doing a morning of Press with visits to CITY‘s Breakfast Television and CP24 Breakfast. Although O’Brien opted for privacy with a super-protective Bodyguard escorting him out through a hidden exit, Co-Stars Poulter and Scodelario were more than happy to stop and pose for Photos with Fans and happy the Fans were indeed! See their Breakfast Television Interview here.
When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling Novel by James Dashner.
Watch the Trailer below:
20th Century Fox releases THE MAZE RUNNER on Friday, September 19, 2014.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong/20th Century Fox)