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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.




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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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