Right before Halloween, we see the release of teen horror film Ouija taking the top spot. Based on the supposedly supernatural spirit board, the film sees a teenage girl attempting to communicate with her deceased sister through the game. Ouija managed to stave off the immortal spirit of The One and only Keanu Reeves, who returns to the big screen as hitman John Wick. Despite its incredible critical response, John Wick didn't pull in enough viewers to take the top spot. Though in its defense, most teenage horror movies score solid opening weekends, only to quickly drop out of the box office race. Coming in third is last week's top film, Fury, starring Brad Pitt as the American commander of a five-man tank that's fighting in Nazi Germany during the final weeks of World War II. David Fincher's Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike remains in the top 5 for the 4th week in a row, bringing its domestic total up to $125 million. In fifth place is the gorgeously animated Dia de los Muertos film The Book of Life, which adds another $10 million to its box office gross. All in all, it was a fairly quiet week at the box office, and next week doesn't look much more promising with only Nightcrawler and a 10-year-anniversay re-release of Saw being added to theaters.
After having spent two weeks at the top of the box office, David Fincher's Gone Girl has been rolled over by David Ayer's Fury, this weekend. Starring Brad Pitt, the World War II tank film opened to a total of $23.7 million, which is a surprisingly small lead over Gone Girl's 3rd week total of $17.5 million. Falling just below Gone Girl's earnings is the Day of the Dead styled computer animated film, The Book of Life, which totalled an even $17 million in its debut. Meanwhile, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day remained in the top 5, dropping from last week's total of $19.1 million down to $11.4 million this weekend. Rounding out our list is the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me, a romance about two lovers reuniting after spending over twenty years apart, and falling in love all over again. This romance, starring James Marsden, and Michelle Monaghan opened to an uneventful $10 million, making it the poorest debut of any adaptation of Spark's popular novels. Overall, it was a relatively quiet weekend at the box office, and that trend may continue next week, and throughout the remainder of October, with the only big films on the radar being Keanu Reeves' John Wick, the teen horror film Ouija, and Jake Gyllenhaal's Nightcrawler. While the month of October may go out with a whimper, rest assured that November will soon be turning up the heat, with several huge movies on the horizon.
Gone Girl was able to retain its position atop the box office for another weekend, while its close competitor from last week, Annabelle, saw a big drop in ticket sales. Everyone has talking about David Fincher's Gone Girl, and all of that buzz is surely what helped it stave off this week's flurry of new releases. With all of its great twists and craziness, it's the kind of movie people just can't seem to get enough of, and I imagine it's going to remain talked about deep into awards season where it should be a major contender. Dracula makes his big screen return in his origin tale, Dracula Untold, which had an strong opening stateside with $23.4 million but has found even more success overseas where its already amassed $86.1 million. Disney's family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner bounced into the charts with $19.1 million. Annabelle fell way down from its $37 million debut last week, coming in at 4th with $16.3 million. Finally, family courtroom drama The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall opened in 5th place, with a disappointing total of $13.3 million. I would have certainly expected better from the film considering the star talent, in addition to how well it has dominated this month's Pick My Flick. See you next week when Brad Pitt's Fury rolls into the box office!
Both Gone Girl and Annabelle were released this weekend, and it was the closest fight for first place yet! They each far exceeded expectations, nearly reaching the $40 million club. Gone Girl narrowly nabbed the top spot with $37.5 million, while Annabelle came in behind with $37.1 million. David Fincher's Gone Girl is sure to be a heavy contender during the awards season next year, and it's Fincher's most successful film to date, surpassing his 2002 film Panic Room ($30 million). Annabelle couldn't quite reach the same success as its predecessor film, The Conjuring ($41.9 million), but with its $6.5 production budget compared to The Conjuring's $20 million budget, there's surely very little to be upset about. It's a huge win for what is being considered the best horror movie of the year. These two films led the way in what was the most successful week for October in box office history.
The Equalizer dropped to third place this week, but still managed a very good showing, bringing in $19 million. The Boxtrolls pulled ahead of The Maze Runner for 4th place, with an added $12.4 million, and The Maze Runner ran its total up to $73.5 million with a weekend gross of $11.6 million. All of this week's top 5 movies have also been having great success overseas.
This week, we have plenty of big new movies to look forward to. Dracula Untold, The Judge, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day are all coming to theaters this Friday. All three of these movies are also in the running for this month's Pick My Flick, so be sure to vote if you haven't already. Thanks for reading! See ya next week!