Following its record-setting debut last weekend in China, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed $700M yesterday, with $326.7M domestically and $378.4M internationally for a global total of $705.1M. This is the third Walt Disney Studios' release of 2014 to reach the $700M mark and the sixth in the last 18 months.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe film to pass $700M, after Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so while also being the first in a series and without featuring major characters from previous Marvel films.
Released domestically on August 1, Guardians of the Galaxy marked Marvel's 10th consecutive #1 opening, setting an August record with $94.3M. It held the #1 spot for four of its first six weekends and ultimately became the biggest August release in industry history and the first film of the year to cross $300M at the domestic box office.
Internationally, Guardians of the Galaxy opened in China on October 10 with $29.8M, an October record for the territory and Disney's third biggest debut there, behind Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Top markets for Guardians of the Galaxy include the U.K. ($47.3M), China, ($43.4M), Russia ($37.5M), Australia ($24.4M), and Germany ($24M). The film opens in one remaining market, Italy, on October 22.
The film's American Music Awards-nominated soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, was recently certified Gold and is Disney's second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200 in its second and third weeks of release. It peaked at #1 on iTunes in 60 territories.
Director James Gunn will return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2, due out July 28, 2017.
By Daniel Garris
Fox's Gone Girl took in $2.81 million on Tuesday to continue to lead the daily box office. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck has now led the daily box office for four straight days and for ten of the past twelve days. Gone Girl was down 29 percent from Monday's Columbus Day performance and down just 32 percent from last Tuesday. The twelve-day total for Gone Girl stands at a very impressive $84.65 million. That places the film 85 percent ahead of the $45.78 million twelve-day gross of 2012's Argo.
Universal's Dracula Untold was up one spot from Monday to claim second place on Tuesday with $1.96 million. The action horror film starring Luke Evans was down a solid 26 percent from Monday's Columbus Day take. Dracula Untold has grossed a stronger than expected $28.13 million in five days and is set to surpass the $30 million mark on Thursday. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $29.55 million five-day start of 2012's Underworld Awakening.
Warner's The Judge was also up one spot from Monday to place in third with $1.59 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama was down a slim 13 percent from Monday. That represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases and could be a good early sign for the film going forward. The Judge has grossed $16.54 million in five days. While that is on the low end of expectations, the film has been displaying strong early holding power thus far.
Fellow Warner Bros. release Annabelle was up one place from Monday to take fourth with $1.17 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring fell 26 percent from Monday and 56 percent from last Tuesday. Annabelle continues to exceed expectations with $64.39 million in twelve days. That places the film 4.5 percent ahead of the $61.61 million twelve-day gross of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.06 million. The family film from Disney starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner was down three spots and a sharp 71 percent from Monday's inflated Columbus Day performance. Alexander continues to perform in line with expectations with a solid five-day start of $23.09 million. That places the film 4 percent behind the $24.09 million five-day take of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
LOS ANGELES - October 15, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the new World War II drama "Fury" has scored a strong 77 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, and is leading weekend ticket sales. Brad Pitt's "Fury" is currently outselling George Clooney's "Monuments Men" at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.
In its third weekend, "Gone Girl" is proving resilient with ticket-buyers, while the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated fantasy, "The Book of Life" is scaring up impressive sales in its opening weekend.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Fury" ticket-buyers:
* 92% are fans of previous World War II-themed films like "Saving Private Ryan;"
* 74% identify themselves as Brad Pitt fans;
* 68% also plan to see director Angelina Jolie's upcoming World War II era film, "Unbroken;"
* 66% saw Pitt's previous World War II-themed "Inglourious Basterds;"
* 64% are intrigued to see Shia LaBeouf in the supporting cast.
"World War II movies often pique audience interest, and ‘Fury' is reminiscent of classic war movies like ‘Saving Private Ryan' with its A-list cast and vivid battle scenes," says Dave Karger, Fandango's Chief Correspondent. "'The Book of Life' should also excite audiences with some of the most visually stunning scenes we've seen all year, while its sweet theme of remembrance will resonate strongly with families."
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.
By Daniel Garri
Fox's Gone Girl led the daily box office on Monday with a Columbus Day take of $3.95 million. Thanks to the holiday boost and continued strong word of mouth, the critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was down 44 percent from Sunday and up a strong 21 percent over last Monday. Gone Girl surpassed the $80 million mark yesterday and has grossed a very impressive $81.84 million in eleven days of release. That places the film 70 percent ahead of the $48.21 million eleven-day take of 2010's The Social Network and 86 percent ahead of the $44.05 million eleven-day gross of 2012's Argo.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day took second with $3.68 million. The family film from Disney starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner was down just 28 percent from Sunday. Columbus Day is traditionally a strong day for family films and that was certainly the case yesterday for Alexander. With $22.04 million in four days, Alexander is off to a very solid start (especially with its modest price tag in mind), and continues to perform in line with expectations. Alexander is currently running 4 percent behind the $23.16 million four-day start of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Universal's Dracula Untold claimed third place with $2.65 million. The action horror film starring Luke Evans fell 54 percent from Sunday. Dracula Untold has grossed a stronger than expected $26.17 million in its first four days. That places the film 5 percent behind the $27.42 million four-day gross of 2012's Underworld Awakening.
Warner's The Judge followed in fourth with $1.83 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama was down 44 percent from Monday's performance. The Judge continues to perform on the low end of expectations with $14.95 million in four days. However, the film is running 44 percent ahead of the $10.39 million four-day start of 2009's The Soloist.
Fellow Warner Bros. release Annabelle rounded out Monday's top five with $1.58 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down 59 percent from Sunday and down 32 percent from last Monday. Annabelle continues to exceed expectations with $63.22 million in eleven days. That places the film 4 percent ahead of the $60.83 million eleven-day gross of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.
Sony's The Equalizer claimed sixth with $1.32 million. In the process, the Denzel Washington led action thriller surpassed the $80 million mark on Monday. The 18-day total for the film stands at a very solid $81.29 million. The Equalizer fell 46 percent from Sunday and a slim 3 percent from last Monday.