Weekend Wrap-Up

Fury Advances; Affleck’s Girl Gone From Top Spot

By John Hamann

October 19, 2014

Someone's overcompensating.

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Fifth is The Best of Me, another piece of romantic drivel from the Nicolas Sparks factory. From what I understand, this one brings more unintended laughter than romantic drama, but it still managed to open above $10 million. The Best of Me pulled in $10.2 million from 2,936 venues for Relativity this weekend, not bad versus its $26 million production budget. It also managed to sidestep some hideous reviews, as this one was only 7% fresh at RottenTomatoes. These films do have a fanbase, though, because The Best of Me still managed a Cinemascore of B+ despite being a turd. This is the lowest opening Sparks release behind A Walk to Remember, the dripper that started it all back in 2002, which opened to $12.2 million.

Dracula Untold is sixth this weekend, as it slides badly from its second place result from last weekend. After opening to $23.5 million last weekend, Dracula fell hard, dropping 58% all the way down to $9.9 million. This one cost $70 million to make, so if it weren’t for overseas audiences, where Dracula has already picked up $96 million, this one would be in real trouble. So far, the Universal release has earned $40.7 million stateside and will be limping by the time Halloween rolls around.

Seventh goes to The Judge, which got hurt by another R-rated, star-driven flick entering the marketplace. In its second weekend, the Robert Downey Jr. flick earned $7.9 million, off 39% from its opening frame. The $50 million release has now earned $26.8 million, and is going to need some help overseas to see profitability.

That puts Annabelle down in eighth, but the horror flick still earned $7.9 million despite the lower ranking. The extremely profitable Warner Bros. release fell 50% compared to last weekend, but brought its domestic take up to $74.1 million against a $6.5 million budget. On top of earning 11 times its production budget stateside, Annabelle has also earned more than $75 million overseas, making this one of the more profitable releases of the year.


The Equalizer is ninth this weekend, as so much strong product has pushed this Denzel Washington feature toward the bottom faster than I would have thought. The Equalizer earned another $5.4 million this weekend, off 44%, but pushes its domestic total up to $89.2 million. Overseas, the $55 million Sony release has pulled in almost $70 million.

Tenth is The Maze Runner, which is finally running out of steam. Now in its fifth weekend, The Maze Runner earned another $4.5 million and pushes its total up to $90.8 million. It has also earned a stunning $145 million overseas, all against a budget of only $34 million.

In limited release this weekend, Michael Keaton’s Birdman got started at four theaters and earned a startling venue average of $103,750. We will be talking about this one for a long time, as some real competition for Gone Girl has arrived. In other limited release news, Bill Murray’s St. Vincent expanded to 68 venues, and brought in $685,000, good for a venue average of $10,074. St. Vincent goes nationwide next weekend.

Overall, it was another stellar October 2014 weekend. The top 12 films brought in $122.3 million, yards ahead of the $93.2 million the top 12 found last year, when Gravity led with $30 million. Next weekend brings Keanu Reeves back to cinemas, and if early reviews are any indication, John Wick looks really, really good. Also opening is Ouija, a film that teams McG and Michael Bay (make your own jokes please).

Top Weekend Box Office for 10/17/14-10/19/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Fury Sony $23,500,000 New $23,500,000
2 Gone Girl Fox $17,800,000 - 33% $107,068,900
3 The Book of Life Fox $17,000,000 New $17,000,000
4 Alexander And the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Disney $12,039,000 - 34% $36,871,000
5 The Best of Me Relativity $10,200,000 New $10,200,000
6 Dracula Untold Universal $9,889,000 - 58% $40,735,090
7 The Judge WARNER BROS. $7,940,000 - 39% $26,843,000
8 Annabelle WARNER BROS. $7,925,000 - 50% $74,127,000
9 The Equalizer The Weinstein Co. $5,450,000 - 44% $89,170,000
10 The Maze Runner Fox $4,500,000 - 40% $90,837,300
11 Addicted Lionsgate $3,500,000 - 53% $12,750,000
12 The Boxtrolls Focus Features $2,670,000 - 60% $46,055,423
  Also Opening/Notables
  Birdman FOX SEARCHLIGHT $415,000 New $415,000
  Dear White People Roadside Attractions $344,136 New $344,136
  The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids $51,686 New $51,686
  Rudderless Samuel Goldwyn $36,000 New $36,000
  Listen Up Philip Tribeca Film $24,291 New $24,291
  God the Father Rocky Mountain Pictures $15,010 New $15,010
  The Hacker Wars Vitagraph Films $3,600 New $3,600
  St. Vincent $685,000 + 523% $836,982
  Meet the Mormons Purdie Distribution $600,000 - 76% $4,500,000
  Kill the Messenger Focus Features $490,000 - 48% $1,854,633
  Whiplash Sony Classics $210,801 + 56% $416,228
  Awake: the Life of Yogananda Counterpoint Films $48,473 + 157% $82,609
  The Overnighters Drafthouse Films $5,462 + 26% $12,705
  Left Behind Freestyle $395,267 - 86% $12,594,821
  My Old Lady Cohen Media $214,189 - 31% $3,177,053
  Guardians of the Galaxy Disney $1,003,000 - 45% $327,836,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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