Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Holding Strong with Estimated $24 Million Weekend

Box Office: 'Gone Girl' Holding Strong

Fox’s second weekend of murder mystery “Gone Girl” is showing powerful legs at the U.S. box office, with early estimates portending a $24 million frame at 3,284 locations.

“Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a deeply dysfunctional couple, appeared to be luring adult moviegoers at the expense of Warner Bros.’ courtroom drama “The Judge.”

Despite the star power of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, “The Judge” was heading for a fifth-place finish at about $15 million at 3,003 sites — showing that the fanbase of “Iron Man” moviegoers does not automatically translate to equivalent business when Downey is out of superhero costume.

“Gone Girl” should finish the weekend with a 10-day total near $75 million. The weekend would represent a decline of 37%, signalling that the film will continue to be a solid performer for several more weeks.

Reviewers have swooned for “Gone Girl,” which has an 87% fresh rating on the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator site, while notices for “The Judge” have been mixed at 48%.

Disney’s first day of family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” showed decent traction with a projected $6 million Friday, which should equate to a second-place opening weekend just above $20 million at 3,088 theaters.

Universal’s launch of “Dracula Untold” looked likely to lead on Friday with $8 million, including $1.3 million from latenight Thursday shows, for a $20 million opening weekend at 2,887 sites.

As with “The Judge” losing potential customers to “Gone Girl,” “Dracula Untold” may have seen some of its box office coin siphoned away by New Line’s “Annabelle. ” New Line’s sophomore session of the horror-thriller took in $5 million on Friday as it headed for a weekend in the $15 million to $16 million range — a 58% decline following its stunning $37 million launch.

“Annabelle,” which had a $6.5 million production price tag, is already one of 2014’s most profitable films with over $61 million banked domestically by the end of the weekend.

Liosngate’s launch of adult-themed drama “Addicted” opened respectably in a mid-size release with $3 million at 846 sites, putting it on track for am $8 million weekend.

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  1. john says:

    Bring back box office mojo

  2. mike says:

    Why in the world has Box Office Mojo been dissolved? I have been checking it daily for several years. Are they insane?

  3. Unity Mitford says:

    My teenagers had no interest in seeing GONE GIRLS. Ben Afflick is old enough to be be their father. They went to ANNABELLE. Horror films not a lot of movies with old dreary aging stars.

    • macd says:

      I do hope your teenagers told their “old dreary aging” father that, from now on, the only movies that interest them are R-rated horrors. And that the poor old geezer (their dad) takes away their movie and TV privileges, locks them in their rooms filled with books, and only lets the little snots out to go to school and sell Girl Scout cookies in the neighborhood.

    • kenneth britton says:

      I’m sure your teens will be lining up to see Ben Affleck in Batman V Superman. Seriously, Gone Girl is a terrific movie while Annabelle is a Piece of shit.

  4. therealeverton says:

    “showing that the fanbase of “Iron Man” moviegoers does not automatically translate to equivalent business when Downey is out of superhero costume.”

    Or far more relevantly that they do not translate into seeing anything that he is in, favouring commercial fare like non super suit wearing Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2 and Due Date, but not so much a “talky” drama. this is not really a shocker surely?

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