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Predicting the future is a delicate business, as any box office prognosticator can attest, but the stars are aligning for “Ouija” to be this weekend’s top grossing film.
Based on the old seance staple, “Ouija” should scare up $20 million when it bows in 2,856 theaters. Universal, which is distributing the film, is being more conservative and putting the number closer to $18 million.
Either way, it will easily top the weekend’s other major wide-release, “John Wick.” The action film about a hit man exacting revenge for a puppy-cide will do little to revive Keanu Reeves’ flagging box office power following the fiasco that was “47 Ronin.” Critics have embraced the film, but audiences don’t seem as energized, and will likely hand it a debut of $8 million at 2,589 locations. Lionsgate did not release a budget for the film, but it’s an acquisition, which limits its financial exposure.
“Ouija” arrives with »
- Brent Lang
The Bollywood fraternity came out in full force to attend a special early screening of the film at a suburban preview theatre.
Thoroughly enjoying the gripping movie were personalities such as Arjun Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Anushka Sharma, Huma Qureshi, Zoya Akhtar, Gauri Khan, Dinesh Vijan, Kunal Khemmu, Soha Ali Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and many more.
With staggering positive reviews the movie has already got bumper box office numbers in Us and UK territories with numbers expected to grow even further. Gone Girl, based on a best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, earned strong reviews from critics, with an 87 percent positive rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
Affleck stars as a writer who is caught in a media circus when his »
- Press Releases
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
David Fincher's Gone Girl has raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office, where it will soon overtake the filmmaker's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($232.6 million) and The Social Network ($224.9 million). Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, even has a shot at approaching $300 million worldwide, although that won't be enough to match The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333 million) or Seven ($327.3 million), which rank as Fincher's top-grossing movies, respectively, not accounting for inflation. Read more David Fincher Cast Ben Affleck in 'Gone Girl' After Googling
- Pamela McClintock
“Guardians of the Galaxy” jetted to the top of the foreign box office this weekend, powered by Chinese audiences who have embraced Star Lord and company as their own.
The Marvel film racked up $23.1 million overseas, the bulk of it coming from the People’s Republic. Those strong results pushed the space adventure’s global total to $732.6 million, making it the seventh film this year to pass $700 million worldwide.
It didn’t have much of a lead. “Dracula Untold” was busy nipping at “Guardian’s” heels. The bloodsucker story bit off $22.5 million from 55 foreign territories, driving its worldwide total to $136.4 million. The Universal release topped the box office in a number of markets such as Russia, Peru, Thailand and Vietnam. There are six territories remaining to open including Brazil, Hungary, Spain and Uruguay, where the film debuts next weekend.
“Gone Girl” captured third place at the foreign box office, generating $20.2 million across 57 territories. »
- Brent Lang
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
David Ayers' "Fury" hit theaters hard this weekend and the World War II era drama easily took down two-time champ "Gone Girl" with $23.5 million. Starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, among others, "Fury" is reported to have cost $68 million. This writer has heard it actually cost over $100 million, but we'll go with the studio's number at this point. The one thing everyone can agree on, however, is that "Fury" was fully financed by Qed International and it will need significant international returns to break even. Considering Pitt's overseas star power that may not be a concern. "Fury" also marks Sony Pictures third no. 1 opener in a row after Screen Gems' surprise hit "No Good Deed" and Columbia Pictures' "The Equalizer." David Fincher's "Gone Girl" dropped to no. 2, but New Regency and 20th Century Fox are still smiling. "Girl" surpassed the $100 million mark in just »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director David Ayer’s World War II film Fury topped the box office this weekend, dethroning David Fincher’s Gone Girl with a solid $23.5 million. The unrelentingly brutal Brad Pitt-fronted picture had one of the best openings for a WWII film of all time, placing fourth just behind Saving Private Ryan, Inglourious Basterds, and the current champion Pearl Harbor. It also marked Ayer’s biggest opening as a director by $10 million, and audiences were satisfied by the finished result as the film netted an A- CinemaScore. Another of the weekend’s big new releases, the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life, pulled in $17 million and landed in third place overall, while the Nicholas Sparks romance The Best of Me scored a mere $10.2 million for fifth place, making it the lowest debut for a Sparks drama ever. Read the full weekend box office report and get »
- Adam Chitwood
Fury took the #1 spot at the weekend box office with ease, bringing in $23.8 million safely topping Gone Girl despite Gone Girl's continually strong hold, this week only dropping 32.6% for $17.8 million, becoming the latest film to cross $100 million at the domestic box office. As for Fury, budgeted at $68 million, the film earned an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which could signal a strong hold for a couple weekends. That opening, however, fell just outside of the top ten openings for Brad Pitt, coming in 11th just behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($26.8m), which went on to make over $127 million domestically back in 2008. In third is the animated newcomer The Book of Life with $17 million. The animated film produced by Guillermo del Toro also earned an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and opens with almost the exact same result as Laika's The Boxtrolls, which brought in $17.2 million »
- Brad Brevet
Despite surrendering first place after two weeks wearing the crown, “Gone Girl” showed some impressive stamina. David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery dropped just 32% to $17.8 million. Its total now stands at $107.1 million and is striking distance of surpassing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ($127.5 million) as Fincher’s highest-grossing domestic release. Water cooler effect achieved.
“It’s one of those movies that it’s so provocative that if you haven’t seen it yet, you have to in order to be part of the conversation,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind “Gone Girl.” “It’s as simple as that.”
In a sign that adults are returning to theaters after sitting out the summer popcorn season, »
- Brent Lang
Since breaking out over 20 years ago in "Thelma & Louise," Brad Pitt has been difficult to miss.
After landing his place in cinematic history as a hunky (and shirtless) criminal, Pitt's career blossomed with starring roles in critical and box office hits alike, such as "A River Runs Through It" (1992), "Seven" (1995), and "12 Monkeys" (1995) -- just to name a few. In the past two decades, Pitt has become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but his role has expanded beyond just acting. In only the past few years, he's produced two Best Picture nominated films, "Moneyball" (2011) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). This fall, he's back in front of the camera leading his battle-hardened platoon into Nazi Germany in "Fury."
From his early days in Missouri to his unlikely romances, here are 35 things you probably don't know about Brad Pitt.
1. Brad Pitt was born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane Hillhouse and William Pitt.
2. His mother was a school counselor, »
- Jonny Black
World War II tank movie Fury will almost certainly take the top spot away from two-time winner Gone Girl this weekend. Meanwhile, The Book of Life and The Best of Me are also opening nationwide.Playing at 3,173 theaters, Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close.With the exception of 2012's Killing Them Softly*which was an odd, dark crime drama*Pitt has been on a strong run lately as a leading man. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds and World War Z all earned over $120 million at the domestic box office, while Moneyball was one of the highest-grossing baseball movies ever with $75.6 million.World War II movies have a mixed track record, though the last few installments have done fairly well. Outside of Pitt's Basterds, the best comparison for »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on »
- Joey Magidson
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Did you know Brad Pitt got his start in the industry nearly 30 years ago? And that he’s been eye candy ever since? Just like his varied film roles, Brad’s appearance has evolved over the years. He started out with TV cameos in the late ’80s, with his boyish good looks and enviable hair, and really broke out in 1991′s Thelma & Louise. Then he went for a more rugged style, growing his hair long and experimenting with bleach. From then on, Brad’s career truly picked up with films like Se7en and Fight Club, leading the way to new styles throughout the ’90s
Beards and buzz cuts were all the rage come the ’00s, when Brad was usually arm and arm with Jennifer Aniston (often sporting matching hairdos). Curious mustaches and facial hair crept in during the later half of the aughts, as Brad filmed movies »
- Lauren Elizabeth Thompson
Who won at the box office this weekend? Sure, "Gone Girl" earned the most money -- an estimated $26.8 million -- but several other movies could also plausibly claim victory and bragging rights by different measures of success. Overall, this was a good weekend for nearly every new film and many holdovers, with the total box office up 30 percent from the same weekend last year (and that was when "Captain Phillips" opened and "Gravity" was in its second weekend). And, like last weekend, the plenty-to-go-around results suggest that the long slump of summer and early fall is finally over.
So, which movie enjoyed the strongest performance this weekend? Here are the contenders:
"Gone Girl." Not only did the movie remain on top for a second weekend, holding off all newcomers, but it did so with better numbers than anyone expected. Its estimated $26.8 million is a good $2 or $3 million more than the »
- Gary Susman
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
David Fincher's Gone Girl beat back new releases Dracula Untold and Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to take the box office for the second weekend with $26.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $78.2 million. Dracula, which our critic called "Maleficent for dudes," brought in $23.4 million, whereas Alexander came in third with $19.1 million. Last weekend's runner-up, Annabelle, slipped to fourth with $16.3 million, which was still enough to beat out Robert Downey Jr.'s talky courtroom drama, The Judge, which debuted at a disappointing fifth place with just $13.3 million. Meanwhile, Gone Girl is on track to becoming Fincher's highest grossing film since The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which totaled $127.5 million by the end of its run. »
- E. Alex Jung
For the second weekend in a row Fox’s Gone Girl ruled the North American box office thanks to a strong hold over the Columbus Day holiday weekend. The acclaimed thriller held off a glut of new releases that included Dracula Untold, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Addicted and the Robert Downey Jr. drama The Judge. The wide selection of offerings helped propel the box office up 30% over last year at this time when the second weekend of Gravity and the arrival of Captain Phillips were the most popular multiplex choices.
For the first time since 2010 an R-rated adult drama remained in the number one spot for two consecutive weeks. Gone Girl’s strong second round showing is the result of positive feedback from ticket buyers and the film’s continued coverage in the media. Both helped the Ben Affleck feature ease a mere 29% to $26.8 million this weekend on 3,284 screens. »
Despite an impressive showing, Dracula was no match for Amazing Amy, even in her second weekend in theaters. David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl took the top spot again, only falling 30 percent from its debut weekend, with an estimated $26.8 million. The Fox pic, which cost around $61 million to produce, has grossed $78.3 million domestically so far and looks poised to go on to be Fincher's highest earner (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button holds the current title with $127.5 million). Universal's Dracula Untold, an origin story of the classic character starring Luke Evans, opened in second place with $23.5 from 2,887 theaters, »
- Lindsey Bahr
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