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NORTH AMERICA: 'Gone Girl' Remains in First Place on Tuesday with $2.81M; 'Dracula Untold' Returns to Second with $1.96M on October 15, 2014

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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.

Fandango: 'Fury' Outselling 'Monuments Men' in Advance Ticket Sales on October 15, 2014

furylongrange.pngLOS 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.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Gone Girl' Surpasses $80M Mark after Leading Columbus Day with $3.95M; 'Alexander' Places in a Close Second with $3.68M on October 14, 2014

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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.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Gone Girl' Holds off All Newcomers with $26.4M; 'Dracula Untold' Surprises with $23.5M; 'Alexander' Solid with $18.4M; 'The Judge' Debuts in Fifth with $13.1M on October 13, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Gone Girl was able to successfully hold off four major newcomers this weekend to remain in first place with $26.41 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck held up extremely well this weekend, as it was down just 30 percent from last weekend's already stronger than expected start. Gone Girl is benefiting from strong word of mouth, strong critical reviews and from skewing heavily towards older moviegoers. The film also received an added boost this weekend from expanding into an additional 270 locations. Gone Girl has grossed an impressive $77.89 million through ten days. The film is currently running 69 percent ahead of the $46.02 million ten-day take of 2010's The Social Network and 81 percent ahead of the $43.01 million ten-day gross of 2012's Argo.

Dracula Untold was the weekend's top new release with a second place start of $23.51 million. Universal's action horror film starring Luke Evans exceeded pre-release expectations and represented a rebound for action horror after the poor performance of I, Frankenstein back in January. The opening weekend performance of Dracula Untold was much more in line with the $25.31 million start of 2012's Underworld Awakening. Coming on the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected performance of Annabelle; audiences are clearly in the mood for horror themed fair at the moment. Universal will hope to ride that wave again later in the month when it releases Ouija on October 24.

Dracula Untold opened with $8.92 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.3 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell a slim 2 percent on Saturday to gross $8.76 million and declined 33 percent on Sunday to gross $5.83 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.64 to 1. The film received a very solid A- rating on CinemaScore.

While it had to settle for third place this weekend, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was off to a very solid start of its own, especially with its modest cost in mind, with $18.36 million. The family film from Disney starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner opened in line with expectations. Alexander opened 17 percent below the $22.13 million debut of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but going forward could very well display stronger holding power in comparison to Wimpy Kid.

Alexander started out with $5.30 million on Friday, increased a healthy 50 percent on Saturday to take in $7.97 million and declined 36 percent on Sunday to gross $5.09 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.46 to 1. Like Dracula Untold, Alexander also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (54 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and under (57 percent). Family audiences made up 67 percent of the film's overall audience.

Fellow new release The Judge debuted in fifth place with $13.12 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama opened on the low end of expectations. Despite the drawing power of Downey, potential for The Judge was ultimately limited in part by lackluster critical reviews and in part by the break-out performance of Gone Girl with older moviegoers. On the bright side, The Judge did open 35 percent ahead of the $9.72 million launch of 2009's The Soloist and the film's A- rating on CinemaScore suggests that the film is going over significantly better with moviegoers than it is with critics.

The Judge opened with $4.43 million on Friday, increased 22 percent on Saturday to gross $5.39 million and fell 39 percent on Sunday to gross $3.30 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.96 to 1. The audience breakdown for The Judge skewed towards female moviegoers (55 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (85 percent).

Fellow Warner Bros. release Annabelle claimed fourth place with $15.86 million. On the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected start; the low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down 57 percent from last weekend. While that was a sizable second weekend decline, it was also still a respectable decline given the film's genre, its strong start and the stronger than anticipated performance of Dracula Untold. Annabelle has grossed an impressive $61.65 million in ten days. That places the film a slim 2.5 percent ahead of the $60.16 million ten-day start of last year's Insidious Chapter 2 (which fell 66 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.80 million).

In its third weekend of release, Sony's The Equalizer placed in sixth with $9.70 million. The Denzel Washington led action thriller fell 48 percent from last weekend, as the film continues to be somewhat front-loaded thus far. With that said, The Equalizer is still performing in line with its lofty expectations with a 17-day take of $79.86 million and is still very likely to surpass the $100 million domestic milestone before the end of its run.

Addicted opened in seventh place with $7.49 million. The low-budget thriller from Lionsgate and Codeblack Films performed reasonably well, especially given that it was only playing in 846 locations this weekend. That gave Addicted a healthy per-location average of $8,848 for the frame. Addicted opened with $2.998 million on Friday, fell 5 percent on Saturday to gross $2.86 million and declined 43 percent on Sunday to gross $1.63 million. That gave Addicted an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.50 to 1. Lionsgate will expand the film into additional locations next weekend.


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