Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl hold the top spot at the U.S. box office for two weeks running and considering the competition it should come as no real surprise, although it has to be pointed out that the crime thriller did just squeak past Dracula Untold. The Gillian Flynn adaptation of his own novel by the same name pulled in $26.8 million on its second weekend at the cinema and the reworking of the Vlad Tepes legend grossed $23.5 million so certainly it was a very big squeak at a difference of $3.5 million in the box office receipts race.
The fact that Dracula Untold did so well despite critics almost universally panning the CG heavy alternative version of the origins of Bram Stoker’s Transylvanian nobleman says a lot for the entertainment value of the film. Gone Girl had a pretty impressive cast list, boasting Affleck, Pike and Neil Patrick Harris as well as other better known names in the business. The vampire film really did have a cast of lesser known actors with the exception of Charles Dance who does have the odd blockbuster or two under his belt. This fact alone made the film coming in second place quite a feat.
It is even more surprising that the Gary Shore film did so well after the distinct, and to be expected, snobbery by experts who found the alternative take to the vampire’s beginnings distasteful. Although it is surprising that the film was received so badly since it was taken out of the horror genre and put firmly into the dramatic/action category.
Number three in box office sales is Disney’s abysmal excuse for a family film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, based on Judith Viorst’s book of the same name, the movie took in $19.1 million. Another case of squeaking past another film, but this time the opening film bypassed the second weekend showing of the James Wan produced horror film Annabelle which took an impressive $16.4 million placing it at number four.
Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck held the top spot at the U.S. box office very easily in its second weekend. The film arguably has one of the most interesting plots of the year in terms of twists and turns and keeping the audience guessing throughout. This modern story of a couple who each have very different, and questionable, versions of the same events could almost be a cautionary tale for shallow people who rise above their capabilities.
Fifth place fell to The Judge which took in $13.3 million. The Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall drama most likely suffered from poor marketing that could not make up its mind as to whether the film was a dramedy or a straight drama. Certainly the screening audience witnessed by this reviewer seemed to believe it was a guffaw filled present from the Gods of the silver screen. Despite Downey pulling out all the stops in advertising the movie, it did not come anywhere near being able to compete with Gone Girl or Dracula Untold.
This week’s only real winner in newly opened movies was the Vlad Tepes vampire origins film which did come close to toppling Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl. The second weekend of this mystery/thriller held the top spot at the U.S. box office and Gone Girl has been tipped to at least match director David Fincher’s 2008 effort, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which grossed $127.5 million in the U.S. since the Affleck, Pike vehicle has grossed a cool $78.3 million thus far.
By Michael Smith
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