Weekend Wrap-Up

Dracula Has No Teeth Versus Gone Girl

By John Hamann

October 12, 2014

And we all lived happily ever after. The end.

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That puts The Equalizer down to sixth, as Denzel Washington gets equalized by all of this new product. Now in its third weekend, the thriller earned another $9.7 million, off a large 48% compared to the $18.8 million it earned last weekend. Still, the $55 million film is doing very well, as it has picked up $79.9 million stateside so far, along with another $40 million overseas.

Seventh is Addicted, the new Africa-American erotic drama from Lionsgate. Addicted earned $7.6 million from only 846 theaters, giving it a decent venue average of $8,983. The other thing hot about this one is cost versus gross, as Addicted cost only $3 million to make, so has already earned its production budget back. This is similar to Annabelle but on a smaller scale.

Eighth is The Maze Runner, which despite all the new films and a drop in rank from fifth last weekend to eighth this weekend, it still held well. In its fourth weekend, The Maze Runner earned another $7.5 million, off 36% compared to its take last weekend. The $34 million film has rampaged worldwide, as it has a domestic gross of $83.8 million and an overseas gross of $120 million, pushing it past the $200 million worldwide mark. The sequel to The Maze Runner is going to be huge.

The Boxtrolls end up having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, as Alexander impedes its progress. In its third weekend, The Boxtrolls earned $6.7 million, down 44% from its $12 million gross last weekend. The $60 million Laika production is still holding its own, though, as it has earned $41 million domestically so far and is approaching the $30 million mark overseas, despite being out to only a few territories.


Finishing in 10th is Left Behind, Nic Cage’s rapture flick that debuted to laughs and $6.3 million last weekend. This weekend, Left Behind earned $2.9 million, off 54% compared to last weekend. Made for $16 million, this one has earned $10.9 million, so the producers may need a loan from the Mormons, who we'll talk about next.

In 11th is Meet the Mormons, a documentary about… Mormons, I guess. It somehow earned $2.7 million from 317 screens, making someone rich.

In limited release, Jeremy Renner’s Kill the Messenger got started this weekend on 374 screens, and picked up $939,000, giving it a tough venue average of $2,511. Opening at four theaters is Bill Murray’s St. Vincent, which picked up a much more impressive venue average of $30,264.

Overall this weekend, the top 12 films at the box office earned $138 million, well beyond the $107 million that last year’s top 12 pulled in when Gravity and Captain Phillips were on top. Next weekend should also be big at the box office, as Brad Pitt’s Fury opens, along with The Best of Me, a Nicholas Sparks weeper, and The Book of Life, the new animated feature with Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum.

Top Weekend Box Office for 10/10/14-10/12/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Gone Girl Fox $26,800,000 - 29% $78,281,200
2 Dracula Untold Universal $23,456,875 New $23,456,875
3 Alexander And the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Disney $19,100,000 New $19,100,000
4 Annabelle WARNER BROS. $16,365,000 - 56% $62,156,000
5 The Judge WARNER BROS. $13,330,000 New $13,330,000
6 The Equalizer The Weinstein Co. $9,725,000 - 48% $79,885,000
7 Addicted Lionsgate $7,600,000 New $7,600,000
8 The Maze Runner Fox $7,500,000 - 36% $83,839,800
9 The Boxtrolls Focus Features $6,676,000 - 44% $41,032,412
10 Left Behind Freestyle $2,909,000 - 54% $10,919,872
11 Meet the Mormons Purdie Distribution $2,700,000 New $2,700,000
12 Guardians of the Galaxy Disney $1,807,000 - 40% $326,077,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Kill the Messenger Focus Features $939,000 New $939,000
  Whiplash Sony Classics $143,503 New $143,503
  St. Vincent $121,054 New $121,054
  One Chance Weinstein Co. $32,800 New $32,800
  Christian Mingle: the Movie Rocky Mountain Pictures $20,500 New $20,500
  Awake: the Life of Yogananda Counterpoint Films $18,303 New $18,303
  The Overnighters Drafthouse Films $4,750 New $4,750
  The Good Lie WARNER BROS. $550,000 - 35% $1,703,000
  Bang Bang Fip $465,000 - 64% $2,214,200
  Men, Women & Children Paramount $44,000 - 7% $129,000
  Nas: Time Is Illmatic Tribeca Film $15,650 - 32% $151,366
  Pride Lionsgate $230,000 +127% $555,632
  This Is Where I Leave You WARNER BROS. $1,645,000 - 59% $32,116,000
  A Walk Among the Tombstones Universal $387,810 - 81% $25,701,945
  Hector And the Search For Happiness Relativity $100,000 - 56% $795,635
  Tracks Weinstein Co. $63,000 - 32% $338,412
  Dolphin Tale 2 WARNER BROS. $1,320,000 - 61% $39,945,000
  No Good Deed $990,000 - 60% $51,766,000
  The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions $450,000 - 37% $4,250,000
  My Old Lady Cohen Media $318,897 - 33% $2,786,015
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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