With "Fury" likely to fall from the number one position, Keanu Reeves-starring action flick "John Wick" will be looking to ride excellent reviews to the top of the box office this weekend, though it will have to surpass the opening of horror release "Ouija" to do so. Even without any star power, "Ouija" looks to be in good position with a PG-13 rating and an easy to understand concept.
Though it was far from a blockbuster opening, "Fury" ended up atop the box office with a strong $23 million, knocking "Gone Girl" out of the top slot after the David Fincher thriller held the position for the two previous weekends. Also opening over the weekend was "The Book of Life," an animated family film that brought in a so-so $17 million at 3,070 total theaters.
After two weekends of "Gone Girl" leading the way, Brad Pitt's World War II drama "Fury" looks to have an excellent shot to make it to the top of the box office, extending Pitt's streak of strong performing R-rated dramas in recent years. Also getting launched this weekend will be animated "The Book of Life," though a subdued weekend seems likely for the Fox release.
Even with a surprisingly strong opening weekend from "Dracula Untold," David Fincher's acclaimed thriller "Gone Girl" landed back atop the box office charts this weekend, grossing a very strong $26 million in second-weekend revenue. Meanwhile, "Dracula Untold" shrugged off some of the recent struggles of the horror-fantasy genre, hauling in $23 million in opening revenue.
In a busy week for new releases, PG family comedy "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" looks poised to potentially topple "Gone Girl" and become the top movie of the weekend, though it will likely be a close call up at the top.
With a very strong $12,600 per venue and $38 million overall, R-rated thriller "Gone Girl" was able to ride good buzz to the top of the charts, barely surpassing an impressive $37 million opening for horror flick "Annabelle." Thanks to strong opening totals for the top two releases, the weekend ended up being the first since the middle of June to have two movies open to more than $35 million.
Based on a popular book of the same title, R-rated thriller "Gone Girl" looks like it's headed to the top of the box office in an eclectic weekend for new releases, with Ben Affleck starring in the latest from director David Fincher ("Seven," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo").
Looking to appeal to the same adult audience that made "Training Day" at hit a decade ago, R-rated "The Equalizer" is in a good spot to find its target demographic this weekend after the slow start for "A Walk Among the Tombstones," likely leading to a chart-topping opening weekend. Also hitting theaters this weekend will be "The Boxtrolls," though it could face an uphill battle.