Weekend Wrap-Up

Gone Girl, Annabelle Vie for Top of Box Office

By John Hamann

October 5, 2014

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Fourth goes to the stop-motion animated flick The Boxtrolls, which had a fantastic hold in its second frame. Following a $17.3 million debut last weekend, the Laika-produced, Focus-distributed kids flick earned $12.4 million in its second frame, dropping 28%. This is better than we saw for Laika's previous film ParaNorman, which declined 38% in weekend two. After only 10 days of release, The Boxtrolls has earned $32 million stateside, and adds another $26 million from overseas venues. The other good news for Laika fans is that Focus Features has committed to releasing their next three films, which means we get to see their weird and wonderful creations for another decade.

Fifth is The Maze Runner, which has another solid hold, which completely goes against the grain of the usual YA book adaptations, even the successful ones. In its third weekend, The Maze Runner earned another $12 million, dropping only 31% from the previous weekend. The $35 million film has now earned $73.9 million stateside, and will at least approach $100 million. Overseas, The Maze Runner has already earned more than that prior to the weekend starting, as it had a $101.6 million going in to the weekend. The Maze Runner also gives Fox their second title in the top five this weekend, as Gone Girl was released by Fox as well.

Left Behind, the last of our new releases this weekend, was mostly ignored for good reason. Currently 2% fresh at RottenTomatoes, the latest Nic Cage joke earned only $6.9 million this weekend from only 1,825 venues. I was hoping for campy hilarity, and just got the camp. There is nothing to laugh at here, just more thinking on how Nic Cage could go so wrong after Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas and Bringing Out the Dead. Bring on the Razzies.


Seventh is This Is Where I Leave You, now in its third weekend. The dramedy earned another $4 million and fell 42%. The Warner Bros. release cost $20 million to make and has now earned $29 million. Considering the cast, it is surprising how quietly this one arrived and left.

Our eighth place film is Dolphin Tale 2, which earned another $3.5 million and brought its total up to $38 million, compared to its budget of $36 million. Guardians of the Galaxy, now in its 10th great weekend, takes ninth place. The Marvel flick earned another $3 million, declined 19%, and now has a domestic total of $323.4 million. It has now passed the original Transformers ($319.2 million) and Shrek the Third ($322.7 million) to move into 32nd on the all-time top domestic grossers list. Finally in 10th is No Good Deed, which earned $2.5 million and fell 45%. Its total has now reached $50.2 million, which is fantastic when compared to its small $13 million budget.

Overall this weekend, we have a top 12 group that earns more than $100 million for the first time since August 22nd. We also have a strong showing against last year, as the top 12 films this weekend earned $129.8 million compared to last year when the Gravity-led top 12 took in $114.9 million. The rolls should continue next weekend, as we have four new wide release movies. Debuting films include The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, Dracula Untold from Universal, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, and finally Addicted, from Lionsgate.

Top Weekend Box Office for 10/3/14-10/5/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Gone Girl Fox $38,000,000 New $38,000,000
2 Annabelle WARNER BROS. $37,200,000 New $37,200,000
3 The Equalizer The Weinstein Co. $19,000,000 - 44% $64,500,000
4 The Boxtrolls Focus Features $12,425,000 - 28% $32,539,208
5 The Maze Runner Fox $12,000,000 - 31% $73,921,400
6 Left Behind Freestyle $6,850,000 New $6,850,000
7 This Is Where i Leave You WARNER BROS. $4,000,000 - 42% $29,003,000
8 Dolphin Tale 2 WARNER BROS. $3,530,000 - 26% $37,974,000
9 Guardians of the Galaxy Disney $3,034,000 - 19% $323,360,000
10 No Good Deed $2,500,000 - 45% $50,157,000
11 A Walk Among the Tombstones Universal $2,003,400 - 52% $24,500,755
12 Bang Bang Fip $1,215,000 New $1,385,500
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Good Lie WARNER BROS. $935,000 New $935,000
  The Liberator Cohen Media $65,743 New $65,743
  Men, Women & Children Paramount $61,000 New $61,000
  Nas: Time Is Illmatic Tribeca Film $23,150 New $44,842
  The Blue Room IFC Films $20,000 New $20,000
  The Song Samuel Goldwyn $200,000 - 65% $925,000
  Mas Negro Que La Noche Lionsgate $135,000 - 75% $775,000
  Pride Lionsgate $97,877 + 19% $210,815
  Hector And the Search For Happiness Relativity $228,000 + 12% $589,566
  Tracks Weinstein Co. $93,000 + 31% $229,169
  The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions $725,000 - 41% $3,500,000
  My Old Lady Cohen Media $482,174 - 15% $2,224,699
  Let's Be Cops Fox $735,000 - 52% $80,879,400
  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Paramount $760,000 - 48% $72,548,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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