For the third weekend in a row, a book adaptation takes home the top honors at the box office, with Gone Girl bringing in $38 million over the past two days. That $38 million mark is the highest opening since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles destroyed enough movie-goers’ childhoods to bring in $68 million during its debut weekend back in early August. It is still one of David Fincher’s lowest grossing opening weekends as it beat out only Fight Club and Zodiac. Not a bad couple of movies to come out on top of, though.
Coming in just behind the Ben Affleck-led Gone Girl was John R. Leonetti’s supernatural horror thriller Annabelle grossing an impressive-but-not-good-enough $37.2 million. Horror movies will most likely rule the box office from here on out until we reach November, with Ouija, Stonehearst Asylum, The Babadook, Dracula Untold, Hit By Lightning, and others coming out in the next few weeks.
The next three spots are held down by last weekend’s top three – The Equalizer, The Boxtrolls, and The Maze Runner – but the latter two had places swapped with more people going to see an endearing stop-motion film than chose to watch a dozen sweaty teenagers run around in a maze. Perhaps enough people have read my less-than-positive review of The Maze Runner and opted to go see The Boxtrolls instead? Maybe not.
Another debut, Left Behind, came in at the sixth spot. Despite a shining endorsement by the film critics known as “Duck Dynasty,” the film is absolutely tanking with other lesser critics and currently sits at a 2% rotten rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. Despite all that, Nicholas Cage’s renowned acting and record-setting forehead have done enough work to bring in $6.2 million for the film’s opening weekend.
Guardians of the Galaxy continues to slip as it nears the end of its theatrical run, but it still brought in a solid $3 million to add to James Gunn’s ever expanding pile of money which I only assume he dives into every morning ala Scrooge McDuck. A neat little tidbit related to the Marvel film was revealed this week, as a sneak peek of The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will appear on the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray just in case you needed another reason to experience the adventures of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket again.
On this week’s Let’s Be Cops watch, the generic buddy cop cash in thankfully finally fell out of the top 10 and continues to free fall as it brought in less than a million dollars this past weekend. Give yourself a round of applause, everyone who didn’t spend money on that movie again this weekend.
Last year at this time we were treated to the hard sci-fi thriller Gravity which kicked off 2013’s October bringing in $55 million and eventually went on to win seven Oscars, including best director.
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