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!
Denzel led the pack with The Equalizer this weekend, scoring a solid total of $35 million. His new action movie is based off of an '80s TV show of the same name that starred Edward Woodward. In the film, Denzel Washington reunites with Antoine Fuqua, the director of Training Day, the film from which he earned his Oscar for Best Actor. The Equalizer is an action-packed thriller about Robert McCall, a retired special agent, who sees more than his share of local crime and injustice, and decides to use his skills to do something about it.
The other big release of the weekend was The Boxtrolls, the animated feature film from the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman. It tells the story of a young orphan boy who is raised by the late-night scavenging, underground-dwelling Boxtrolls. When the misunderstood Boxtrolls are being hunted by an evil exterminator, the boy must rise up from the sewers to save his family and friends. The film came in third this week with $17.2 million, putting it just behind last week's winner The Maze Runner, which brought in $17.5 million. With its disappointing debut, The Boxtrolls may have a hard time closing the deficit of its $60 million budget. Although thanks to its positive reviews and family-friendly nature, it may end up sticking around the top ten for a while.
A Walk Among the Tombstones quickly fell out of the top 5, dropping from its #2 spot last week, while the adult family comedy This Is Where I Leave You finished in 4th place. Lastly, Dolphin Tale 2 retained its 5th place position from last week. Next week will see the releases of Gone Girl and Annabelle, two movies that should certainly start the month of October off on the right foot!
The Maze-Runner crushed the competition this weekend, easily surpassing the earnings of A Walk Among the Tombstones and This Is Where I Leave You combined! With $32.5 million, The Maze Runner has had the most successful weekend since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' debut early last month. It's a strong showing for a movie without any known stars, and it nearly earned back its production cost of $34 million in just its opening 3 days. Given its great success, its sequel The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials has just been announced for 2015. Liam Neeson's dark new thriller, A Walk Among the Tombstones, failed to perform as well his previous outings, and fell short of my own personal expectations with $13.1 million. The grown-up comedy This Is Where I Leave You took the bronze with $11.9 million, while last week's top 2 movies No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2, rounded out the top 5.
Next week will see the release of The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and The Boxtrolls. Check back next Monday to see how well they fare at the box office!
This weekend's new releases, No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 both put an end to Guardian of the Galaxy's stellar 4-week run at the top of the box office. No Good Deed had a remarkably successful debut, reeling in almost double what the film cost to make. The home invasion film features two up-and-coming stars in Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson who have been putting in respectable work for the last few years. Meanwhile Dolphin Tale 2 had a respectable opening but fell a little short of its predecessor, which opened at $19.1 million back in 2011. Inspired by a true story, the family-friendly film should still have a solid box office run overall. Guardians of the Galaxy grossed the domestic $300 million milestone on Saturday, being the only film that opened this year to reach that goal. Quite an accomplishment considering that a year ago most movie-goers (myself included) had no idea who this rowdy bunch of Marvel heroes even were. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles likely just had its last week in the top 5. I'm curious to see if it will be able to reach the $200 million mark before it's taken out of theaters. Turtles was almost overtaken by Let's Be Cops which snuck back into the top 5, shutting out The Drop which opened in 6th place with $4.1 million.
Next week will see three new big releases coming out; Liam Neeson's action-thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, the teenage action-adventure The Maze Runner, and the house arrest family-comedy This Is Where I Leave You. I expect these three films to perform pretty well and to help pull us out of the current box office slump. Check back later in the week for the return of Movie Kombat when A Walk Among the Tombstones and The Maze Runner battle it out for the box office throne.
Another weekend at #1 for Guardians of the Galaxy. This is its 4th week at the top spot, putting it in good company as it becomes one of only 4 films from the last decade to accomplish having 4 weeks or more atop the box office. Those other 3 films include The Dark Knight (4 weeks), The Hunger Games (4 weeks), and Avatar (7 weeks). I think the most remarkable thing about this streak is that while Guardians has won a total of 4 weeks, they were not consecutive. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles managed to steal the crown and hold onto it for two weeks, before Guardians came back to take the lead, which it has has since held onto it for three straight weeks, demonstrating its remarkable staying power and resilience.
While Guardians still has a sizable lead over the rest of the pack, it looks like its run may be coming to an end this weekend when No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 are released. Then again, I thought it would have been topped two weeks ago by As Above, So Below and The November Man, but they each had luckluster debuts.
This week's biggest new release was The Identical, which wasn't expected to make much of a splash, and it sure didn't. The film opened in 12th place with a paltry $1.5 million. This weekend was also the 20th year anniversary of Forrest Gump, which was remastered and released exclusively for IMAX. While the film looked better than ever, it seems most people weren't willing to spend the extra cash to see it on the big screen when they likely already own the film at home. It was only able to reel in a total of $381,000 over 337 theaters. Check back next week to see if Guardians can stave off next week's newcomers to retain its title!
Guardians of the Galaxy continues its hot streak, staying atop the box office during this 4-day holiday weekend, while also surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $260 million to become the highest grossing domestic film of the year. Marvel's blockbuster film of lesser-known comic book heroes has been an incredible success and is soon to pass the $300 million mark. It also looks to easily hold onto its position next week, with weak competition being released. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remains in 2nd place, raising its total to $166 million nationwide. If I Stay and Let's Be Cops also hold onto their same positions as last week, while the found-footage horror film As Above, So Below ($10.3M) just narrowly beat out The November Man ($10.2M) for the 5th spot, in our closest Movie Kombat battle yet! Without a strong release coming out later this week, I expect next week's box office results to look awfully similar to this week's. Though with Forrest Gump being rereleased on IMAX for its 20-year anniversary, perhaps Forrest might be able to run his way into the top 5!