U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Oct 3 – 5, 2014

It’s a neck and neck battle for the top spot at the moment with Gone Girl (3014 screens) projected to win the top spot with $38m. The David Fincher directed film, highly anticipated thriller that cost $61m to produce, looks set to take in $80-$90m domestically after this solid opening. For the weekend the film accrued a $12,608 screen average, a stonker of a result for the R rated title and off the back of that it bodes well for a strong hold next weekend. Solid reviews, high profile cast and massive built in audience have all worked in Gone Girl’s favour. Here’s a look at the films of David Fincher and how they’ve performed:

Film

Release

Opening Weekend

Life Gross

Screens

Per Screen Average

Global Cume

Ex US Cume

% International

Budget

Gone Girl

3/10/14

$38,000,000

$90,000,000

3,014

$12,608

$233,343,606

$143,343,606

61.43%

$61,000,000

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

21/12/11

$12,768,604

$102,515,793

2,950

$4,328

$323,600,000

$221,084,207

68.32%

$90,000,000

The Social Network

1/10/11

$22,445,653

$96,962,694

2,921

$7,684

$224,900,000

$127,937,306

56.89%

$40,000,000

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

25/12/08

$26,853,816

$127,509,326

2,988

$8,987

$333,900,000

$206,390,674

61.81%

$150,000,000

Zodiac

2/3/07

$13,395,610

$33,080,084

2,379

$5,631

$84,800,000

$51,719,916

60.99%

$65,000,000

Panic Room

29/3/02

$30,056,751

$96,397,334

3,119

$9,637

$196,400,000

$100,002,666

50.92%

$48,000,000

Fight Club

15/10/99

$11,035,485

$37,030,102

1,966

$5,613

$100,900,000

$63,869,898

63.30%

$63,000,000

The Game

12/9/97

$14,337,029

$48,323,648

2,521

$5,687

$109,400,000

$61,076,352

55.83%

$30,000,000

Se7en

22/9/95

$13,949,807

$100,125,643

2,528

$5,518

$327,300,000

$227,174,357

69.41%

$33,000,000

Alien 3

22/5/92

$19,449,867

$55,473,545

2,227

$8,734

$159,800,000

$104,326,455

65.29%

$50,000,000

Averages

$20,229,262

$78,741,817

2,661

$7,602

$209,434,361

$130,692,544

62.40%

$63,000,000

Annabelle (3,185 screens) opens to a smashing $37m+ with a sterling $11,617 screen average. This is one of only two horror flicks to gross north of $30m in 2014 (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones grossed $32m) and it’s a real warning sign for the usually steadfast earning genre. Coming off the back of the massive surprise hit that was 2013’s The Conjuring, Annabelle lured its audience back in but with unanimously bad reviews the chances of a strong hold here are all but none existent. A rumoured $12m budget is a good thing for the flick but given the ire rallying against it you can expect it to fall 60%+ next weekend and bow out for $65m. Still a cracking result but this could’ve been something much more and will the loss of good will hurt next years The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist?

The Equalizer (3,236 screens) slips 44% week on week for an $18m 2nd weekend result. The film has now grossed $67m domestically off a $55m budget (excluding international) and this puppy is set to chase Flight’s $93m turn (most likely an $87m finish) as Denzel’s best performing release since 2012 ‘s Safe House‘s $126m finish. But all does not bode well for the film as a wall of competition is set to greet it from this weekend with Dracula Untold, The Judge and Kill The Messenger all rolling out against it.

Left Behind (1,825 screens), the remake of the Christian bible basher with Nicolas Cage in the lead, absolutely nose dived with a $7.5m opening. The original Kirk Cameron entry was a runaway smash hit in the faith market and this attempt to broaden the audience did everything but. A $4,109 screen average is a bit soft too, which means it’ll be open to have its sessions butchered going into this 2nd weekend and you can expect this film to finish on $15m.

In Cinemas Friday October 10, 2014 – Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, The Judge, Kill The Messenger, Addicted, St Vincent, Men Women & Children, Whiplash

Figures from Deadline

1). Gone Girl (FOX), 3014 theaters / $13.2MFri. / 3-day est. cume: $38M+/ Wk 1
2). Annabelle (WB), 3185 theaters / $15.45MFri. / 3-day est. cume: $37M+/ Wk 1
3). The Equalizer (SONY), 3236 theaters (0)/ $5.6M Fri. / $3-day est. cume: $18M (-44%) / Wk 2
4). The Maze Runner (FOX), 3605 theaters (-33) / $3.4M Fri. /3-day est. cume: $11.6M / Wk 3
5). The Boxtrolls (FOC), 3464 theaters (0)/ $2.7M Fri. / 3-day est. cume: $10.4M (-38%) / Wk 2
6). Left Behind (Freestyle), 1825 theaters / $2.3M Fri. / $ 3-day est. cume: $7.5M / Wk 1
7). This is Where I Leave You (WB), 2735 theaters (-133) / $1.2M Fri. / 3-day est. cume: $4M / Wk 3
8). Dolphin Tale 2 (WB), 2790 theaters (-586) / $798K Fri. / 3-day est. cume: $3.04M/ Wk 4
9). Guardians of the Galaxy (DIS), 1894 theaters (-557) / $794K Fri. / 3-day est. cume: $2.9-3M/ Wk 10
10) No Good Deed (SONY), 1580 theaters (-550)/ $741K Fri. / 3-day est. cume: $2.4M/ Wk 4

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