Grab the Popcorn | Box Office Update

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a film near you this weekend!

With Gone Girl still dominating the box office, and earning the title of #1 in the world, the releases last weekend were slightly overshadowed. The movie, based on Gillian Flynn’s novel about a women’s disappearance and the growing belief that her husband might have played a part in it, earned a gross total of $77.89M in the past two weeks, and is still going strong. Annabelle, the prequel to The Conjuring, is hanging on to 4th with a total gross of $61.65M.

The big movie out last week, October 10th, was Dracula Untold. Marketed as a prequel to the classics story of THE vampire, himself, this “Dracula Begins” movie follows Vlad Tepes. Just a normal man at the beginning of the story, the story follows his deal with supernatural forces as threats face his kingdom and family.

With a 66% rate of approval from the audience only a 23% rating by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie has the potential to disappoint. However, it is holding a steady second place in this weeks box office results, earning a total gross of $23.51M.

Also out this past weekend was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Steve Carell and Jennifer Gardner star in this family favorite that follows the story of Alexander, a boy who faces an endless stream of bad luck. Just as he begins to think that he is the only one afflicted by bad days, the rest his family experiences their own horrible day.

The comedy has a 66% approval rating from the critics at rotten tomatoes, a 70% approval rating from the audience, and is hold a place at third with a gross earning of $18.6M.

Finally, we have the Judge, starring Robert Downing Jr. and Robert Duvall. Downing Jr. plays Hank, a big city lawyer who returns to his home town, where his father, the local judge, is suspected of murder. Looking for the truth, Hank begins to reconnect with his estranged family.

Holding 5th place behind last week’s Annabelle, The Judge earned a gross total of $13.12M this past week. The movie has an 82% rate of approval from audience members, and a 47% approval rate from the critics; it was reviewed to be “solidly cast and beautifully filmed but throughly clichéd…”

Coming This Weekend

1. Fury – Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf’s newest film, is about a heroic band of soldiers attempting to strike the heart of Nazi Germany.   

2. The Best of Me – the newest Nicholas Sparks movie installation, featuring James Marsden, tells the story of two high school sweethearts who return to their hometown.

3. The Book of Life – an animated film that bring Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to life. Starring Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, and Channing Tatum, this movie is about a brave woman and her two suitors in a 1920s Mexico. 

There are also two limited films (might not be in all theaters):

4. Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone. It is the story of a washed-up actor who must put aside his ego as he embarks on Broadway play.

5. Dear White People is the story of four Black students at an Ivy League college as they converge after controversy. The film was a winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, and is “a provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama,” (RottenTomatoes).

Movie descriptions and box office info from: http://www.imdb.com, www.fandango.com/boxoffice, and www.rottentomatoes.com.

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