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There's no doubt that Gone Girl is a hit, and it's undoubtedly of the most successful films David Fincher has ever directed, and it's likely reached audiences that otherwise might not seek out the filmmaker's work. And if you're like me, then you're hungry to hear Fincher, writer Gillian Flynn and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike talk about the film itself. They all showed up for a chat on "Charlie Rose" and the result is a solid 36-minute discussion about the making of the film, whether the characters were likable, and of course, the film's commentary on marriage and the insane world of media. It's definitely worth a watch. Here's the chat with the cast and filmmakers of Gone Girl on "Charlie Rose" from Hulu (via Film Stage): Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Ethan Anderton
Your Us Box Office Report for w/c 20th October 2014…
Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf, Fury took $23.5 million over 3,173 screens, despite the middling reviews from some critics. This puts it on the right path to easily make back its $68 million budget, as it has yet to open anywhere else in the world.
Although having been knocked from its throne at the top of the charts, David Fincher’s Gone Girl had another good weekend at the box office, taking $17.8 million to bring its domestic total to $107 million. Gone Girl is now the fifth most successful movie from Fincher and should overtake Alien3, Panic Room and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but »
- Luke Owen
It was the fourth straight weekend where an R-rated drama took the box office crown, as the World War II thriller Fury earned an estimated $23.5 million. This marked a solid opening for star Brad Pitt and was slightly higher than similar star-studded war titles The Monuments Men ($22 million) and Valkyrie ($21 million over the weekend, after a Thursday Christmas Day opening). As for Pitt, it was a better debut than Moneyball ($19.5 million); however, it was noticeably behind the opening of another war film starring the actor as the leader of a group of soldiers, Inglourious Basterds ($38 million).
Moving forward, Fury is likely to continue bringing in good money. There is little competition for adults in the coming weeks, with the exception of expanding independent titles like Birdman and St. Vincent, and the A- CinemaScore means audiences are liking what they see. The film saw only a 3% jump from Friday to Saturday, »
- Jordan Adler
Crime and punishment have long occupied David Fincher. With varying degrees of scalpel-sharp precision and gruesome indulgence, in films ranging from Se7en to Panic Room to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he’s trafficked in dark and pulpy fare. His masterpiece, Zodiac, turns an unsolved real-life crime story into an existential inquiry into truth and obsession. It’s a movie that deepens with every viewing. In comparison, there’s little reason to revisit his latest feature; once the missing-person mystery has delivered its jolts, Gone Girl is a closed circuit of a story. And yet the think-piece culture won’t
- Sheri Linden
Fury, which stars Brad Pitt ("Meet Joe Black") and was directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), will debut in first-place this weekend. The World War II film pulled in $8.8M on Friday and is now estimated to have a total just north of $24M for the weekend. Last week's box office champ, Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") and was directed by David Fincher ("Panic Room"), will finish in second-place this weekend with $18M. That'll push its domestic total over $100M. Universal's Dracula Untold took a 65% tumble from last weekend's strong second-place finish. It will end up in sixth-place with only $8.5M to $9.3M. Michael Keaton's Birdman opened in just four theaters this weekend and had a healthy $112K per-screen-average. 1). Fury (Sony), 3,173 theaters / $8.8M Fri. (includes $1.2M latenights) 3-day est. cume $24.3M to $25M / Wk 1 2). Gone Girl (Fox), 3,248 theaters »
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
- Christopher Clemente
With Camp X-Ray hitting theaters this weekend, Kristen Stewart is finally exploring life beyond Twilight. The indie drama, which tells the story of one soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, is a far cry from Bella and the world of vampires Stewart became so famous for over the past five years. During that time, Stewart became pigeonholed and often hated on for her participation in The Twilight Saga. And for those who only know those films are doing themselves a disservice. Her latest film — the first of three high profile films she has coming out this year — has earned the actress accolades on the festival circuit and reminded many of the promise she showed in roles, such as Sarah Altman in Panic Room or Emily in Adventureland. It’s those films that fans (and the haters) should watch if they want to restore their faith in Stewart.
Panic Room (2002)
Directed by David Fincher, »
- Stacy Lambe
Thorpe Park's Fright Night season is kicking off this month with an unusual spin. For the first time the park is offering its scaredy-cat customers the opportunity to escape into a secret Panic Room during it's latest horror movie maze, Studio 13. Created by the Fright Nights' team in collaboration with Psychologist and expert in fear, Dr Becky Spelman, the Panic Room is a place where guests can go to compose themselves before banking more screams at other horror mazes and on the rides in the dark. The Panic Room will be filled with 25 real live bunnies to stroke, candle light and relaxing classical music, comfortable seats, green plants, fresh lavender trees and dishes of chocolate and chewing gum! »
In 2010, David Fincher reaching out to the frontman from Nine Inch Nails felt like a 90s reunion, a fan casting list straight out of BuzzFeed’s nostalgia machine. In hindsight, Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross created something far more dour and steely than “The Facebook Movie” in their score for The Social Network and now two of them have golden statues to show for it. In hindsight, it seems like an inevitable collaboration between a director who found his start music videos and two of the most influential voices in music over the last quarter-century. Toss in table scraps from Fincher’s CGI-consumed Panic Room in a 2005 video for “Only,” and yeah, crazier things have happened.
Fast forward four years, dozens of awards nominations, critical acclaim and a follow-up in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Reznor and Ross have revealed a ghostly, garbled compositional style influenced »
- David Klein
If you haven't headed to theaters to catch David Fincher's latest masterful thriller Gone Girl, then you should rectify that immediately. Fincher is one of the most gifted, meticulous and precise filmmakers working today, and you can see just how impressive his work is in this recent visual essay looking back at his work on films like Se7en, Zodiac, The Game, Panic Room and more. And it's the latter film giving us an even more in-depth look at Fincher's process, from pre-visualization to a carefully constructed set crafted to allow Fincher to move the camera freely on the set. Plus, it's cool to see interviews from the set with Jodie Foster, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker and a young Kristen Stewart from 12 years ago. Watch below! Here's the one-hour documentary on the making of Panic Room (via The Film Stage): And for those who have seen Gone Girl, »
- Ethan Anderton
Much of the recent discussion surrounding David Fincher rightfully has to do with his adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl, currently shaping up to be his biggest domestic hit. Today, however, we’re going back more than a decade to explore his Fight Club follow-up, the contained thriller Panic Room. While it’s inexplicably not yet available on Blu-ray, […] »
- Jordan Raup
Your Us Box Office Report for w/c 13th October 2014…
After just squeaking a victory over Annabelle last week, David Fincher’s Gone Girl has made it two weeks at the top of the Us box office, beating out new releases Dracula Untold and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. But while its all smiles for Fincher, Gravity stormed the top of the charts with $43.1 million at the same point last year…
Dropping 28.6% from last week, Gone Girl still brought in $26.8 million to bring its domestic total to $78.2 million. With its worldwide total not far behind at $62.1 million, Gone Girl is sitting very happily with a $140.3 million total. While the opening weekend was a record breaker for Fincher, Gone Girl currently sits behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Seven, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Panic Room and Alien3 for an all-time career best. »
- Luke Owen
The great Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting has returned with a new video which breaks down David Fincher‘s techniques, specifically the things the director doesn’t do. How do self-imposed limitations strengthen shots? How can people talking become cinematic? How many insides of refrigerators can Fincher show us? It’s an excellent, brief examination (7 minutes) that’s probably fascinating to watch just before seeing or re-seeing Gone Girl, particularly the segments on using empty space to share information. You can imagine how zooming in on a broken coffee table offers a nice emotional kick with only a few seconds of screen time, or how staging a young detective far away from the distraught husband might tell you how he feels about him. There are two notes I’d add to this video essay. One, Fincher achieves a great deal of his impressive visuals thanks to a longstanding partnership with Dp Jeff Cronenweth (son of »
- Scott Beggs
On the evening of October 6, 2014, new Rope of Silicon writers Mike Shutt (that's me!) and Jordan Benesh (that's the other guy...) had a discussion, as a lot of people are right now (even on this site), about Gone Girl, the latest from David Fincher. We talk about how substantive its thematic material is, how fun it is, and where it fits in Fincher's filmography. You can read the transcript of our conversation below. I thought we had some mildly intelligent things to say. It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway. This conversation contains spoilers. Don't say you have not been warned. Mike: So, Jordan, how should we start this thingc I guess some of your general thoughts on it would be a good jumping off point. Jordan: Best. Movie. Ever... All kidding aside, I think Gone Girl is another very strong film from David Fincher. »
- Mike Shutt
David Fincher is a fantastic director who has spent most of his career making movies I don’t particularly care for. Not because they’re bad but just because I’m not interested in the story he’s telling. I wasn’t interested in The Social Network, I had no patience for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and I never quite got swept in the madness for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Panic Room was the last film that I was truly excited for and even then I waited for it to be on cable. I’m back in the fold in a big was now though, Gone Girl is an exceptional film and a worthy kick-off to awards season.
First and foremost, a director is responsible for getting the best performances out of his actors and the performances in Gone Girl are superb all the way around. »
- Arthur Tebbel
It was a good weekend for director David Fincher and his leading man Ben Affleck. Not only was their new movie Gone Girl number one this weekend, it banked a total that is one of the highest for each. Gone Girl's $38 million debut is the highest ever for Fincher whose previous top opener was Panic Room which opened with $30 million back in 2002. Affleck hasn't has a movie break opening weekend past $30 million since Daredevil earned $40 million in 2003. Horror flick Annabelle took a very narrow second place with $37 million. That's a solid come back for director John Leonetti whose last notable contribution to cinema was 1997's Mortal Combat: Annihilation. While not largely likely, with less than $1 million separating them it's not impossible for Annabelle to slip into number one with actual numbers replace estimates tomorrow. In the early 2000's Cloud Ten Pictures pushed their DVD release Left Behind into »
David Fincher's "Gone Girl" film, starring Ben Affleck, took first place at the domestic box office this weekend, barely beating "The Conjuring" spin-off, called "Annabelle." Both films performed much better than expected. "Gone Girl" grossed $38 million, which is best opening of any Fincher movie, beating "Panic Room," which opened to $30.1 million in 2002. The new movie also earned $24.6 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $62.6 million. And since it cost $61 million to make, it's already considered a hit. "Gone Girl" has a 87% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Annabelle" settled for second place with $37.2 million, cementing a new franchise. The horror spin-off added another $23 million overseas for a worldwide debut of $60.2 million. But unlike "Gone Girl," "Annabelle" cost only $6.5 million to make. The new movie has a 32% fresh rating. The other wide release of the weekend was Nicolas Cage's "Left Behind" faith-based thriller, which landed in 6th place with $6.9 million. It »
It was a photo finish at the box office this weekend between Gone Girl and Annabelle, though both movies are winners regardless of their rank.David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's immensely popular novel took first place with $37.5 million, while the prequel to The Conjuring was a very close second with $37.1 million. The two movies were seperated by a mere $378,854.Those impressive debuts led to an overall boom at the box office: the top 12 earned $139.5 million, which is up 21 percent from the same weekend last year (when Gravity led the way with over $55 million). In fact, this is the biggest weekend ever in the month of October.Playing at 3,014 theaters, Gone Girl opened to $37.5 million this weekend. That's the biggest opening ever for director David Fincher ahead of Panic Room, and its star Ben Affleck's highest debut since Daredevil in 2003.While it couldn't quite match Shutter Island »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
With "Gone Girl" dominating the movie conversation for the past couple of weeks, thanks to a heavy (and probably expensive) campaign by 20th Century Fox, the studio probably didn't expect it to be this close. But David Fincher's thriller edged out Warner Bros. low budget horror spinoff "Annabelle" for the top spot this weekend. Earning $38 million, the film is Fincher's best opening weekend (not adjusted for inflation) since "Panic Room" in 2002. It's also Ben Affleck's third best opening, behind "Pearl Harbor" and "Daredevil." So the next question about "Gone Girl" is whether or not it'll play in the Oscar conversation, but you can sure that Fox will be strategizing as such over the coming weeks and months. As for "Annabelle" —who knew? Reviews were pretty savage compared to "The Conjuring" which it's spun off from, and it looked like just another scary doll flick, but clearly this. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fox’s Gone Girl and Warner’s Annabelle duked it out for the top spot at the North American box office, with the marital thriller edging out the horror prequel by a slight margin. Both films exceeded pre-release expectations and helped give the box office a much-needed boost following the worst September for business since 2008. The top ten was not only up 44% over last weekend’s totals, it was up 24% over last year at this time as well when Gravity started its successful run with a $55 million debut.
After opening the New York Film Festival in late September Gone Girl, the latest feature from director David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac), arrived on 3,014 theaters where it earned a great $38 million. The film, which is based on Gillian Flynn’s novel and stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, earned a solid 87% approval rating from critics on Rotten »
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