LOS ANGELES - September 15, 2014 - Coinciding with the conclusion of the Toronto International Film Festival, Fandango asked film fans which movies they're most looking forward to seeing on the big screen from September through November. More than 1,000 fans were surveyed on Fandango and Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" was the clear winner. "Mockingjay" debuts in theaters on November 21, and advance tickets will be available for purchase on Fandango on October 29.
"It is no surprise that ‘Mockingjay' is the clear winner this fall, as ‘Catching Fire' was such a crowd-pleaser," said Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent for Fandango. "With the ‘Catching Fire' cast and director all returning to the franchise, plus the addition of Julianne Moore, the penultimate ‘Hunger Games' film promises to continue the franchise in electrifying fashion."
Fandango fans' top-ten fall movie picks are as follows:
1. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
2. "Gone Girl" (Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike)
3. "Interstellar" (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway)
4. "The Equalizer" (Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz)
5. "The Penguins of Madagascar" (voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich)
6. "The Judge" (Robert Downey, Jr. , Robert Duvall)
7. "Dumb and Dumber To" (Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels)
8. "Fury" (Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf)
9. "The Good Lie" (Reese Witherspoon)
10. "Foxcatcher" (Steve Carell, Channing Tatum)
Karger added, "‘Gone Girl's' high ranking makes it clear that moviegoers are excited to see the characters from Gillian Flynn's blockbuster novel on the big screen, and the return of Ben Affleck, who is poised for another major moment this fall. ‘Interstellar' in third place shows that there is no end to the McConaissance and that fans of director Christopher Nolan cannot wait to see his next grand-scale production."
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By Daniel Garris
Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with $24.25 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson exceeded its rising expectations heading into the weekend. Much of the film's success was due to the drawing power of Elba and Henson. No Good Deed was also helped out by the fairly empty marketplace this weekend and Screen Gems has had a strong history with thrillers in the past. The film's opening weekend performance was similar to the $23.45 million start of I Can Do Bad All By Myself back in September of 2009.
No Good Deed opened with $8.82 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.78 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.65 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.75 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (60 percent) and towards moviegoers 30 years and older (59 percent). No Good Deed received a B+ rating on CinemaScore, which is very solid for a thriller.
Dolphin Tale 2 opened in second place with $15.87 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened on the low end of pre-release expectations and 17 percent below the $19.15 million start of Dolphin Tale back in September of 2011. Dolphin Tale 2 was helped out by solid critical reviews and by the recent lack of family fare in the marketplace.
Dolphin Tale 2 grossed $4.27 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.46 million and fell 44 percent on Sunday to take in $4.15 million. That placed the opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.72 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Like its predecessor (which registered a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.77 to 1), Dolphin Tale 2 will hope to hold up well going forward. The film's strong A rating on CinemaScore is an encouraging early sign.
After leading the box office for each of the past three weekends, Guardians of the Galaxy was down two spots to place in third with $8.10 million. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $300 million domestic mark this weekend; making it the first release of 2014 to do so. The 45-day total for the film stands at $305.99 million. Guardians of the Galaxy held up very nicely this weekend, as it was down just 22 percent from last weekend.
Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles placed in fourth with $4.86 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 25 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.09 million.
Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with $4.10 million. The fairly last minute decision to open The Drop in moderate release paid off, as the crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini earned a very solid per-location average of $5,074 from 809 locations. The Drop opened with $1.46 million on Friday, increased 20.5 percent on Saturday to take in $1.76 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to gross $0.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.82 to 1.
Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fifth and seventh place with respective takes of $4.38 million and $3.94 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 21 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 29 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $73.05 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.82 million for If I Stay in 24 days.
On the platform front, Roadside's The Skeleton Twins was off to a very solid start this weekend with $0.381 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $25,379 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.
Lucy refuses to slow down overseas, adding another $25 million to its tally to reach a $231 million cume outside of North America. A $9.6 million #1 debut in Russia led the latest frame as the film continues to thrive in South Korea ($2.9M Weekend / $15.4M Cume) and the UK ($1.3M Weekend, $19.7M Cume). The film has grossed $354.5 million worldwide.
Sex Tape $11.5 million from 52 markets over the weekend, largely due to its #1 premiere in Germany. The raunchy comedy opened to $4.5 million from 628 screens in Germany, on par with Bad Teacher and 89% ahead of We're the Millers. The film has grossed $61 million overseas and $99.2 million worldwide. The film will finally hit the $100 million global mark in the coming days.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles put up a $10.5 million weekend from 49 territories, reaching a $138.9 million overseas cume. A $6.3 million debut from 254 locations in Australia was more than enough for a #1 finish in the market, as the film nearly doubled the opening weekend of The Smurfs in Australia. The latest Turtles has grossed $319.9 million globally with major markets like Italy, Germany, Spain, China, and Japan still left on the release schedule.
Divergent opened in China, taking a 7-day gross of $10 million from 2,454 screens. The film finished its first week at #5 in the country's top ten chart. China is the last overseas stop on Divergent's schedule. The film has grossed a total of $135.4 million outside of North America and $286.3 million worldwide.
Hercules brought in $9.6 million from 45 territories, lifting its overseas total to $138.5 million. The film has grossed $210.2 million worldwide with China and Japan still to come in late October.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes claimed $9.5 million from 18 markets, bringing its overseas haul up to $464 million. The film has grossed $670.8 million worldwide with Japan, its final remaining market, scheduled for release on Friday.
Guardians of the Galaxy crossed the $600 million global mark, as both overseas and North American figures near an even 50/50 split. The latest Marvel hit scored a $9.3 million weekend overseas, leading to a $305.6 million cume outside of North America and $611.5 million global cume. Top markets include the UK ($44.7m), Russia ($37.3M) and Australia ($22.3M) with China and Italy remaining on the schedule. The film opened in Japan over the weekend, where it took $2.1 million from its first two days.
The Maze Runner is off to an $8.3 million start from its first 5 markets overseas. The film claimed the top spot in all its markets and registered grosses above the opening of Divergent across all respective markets. Mexico ($2.6M), Taiwan ($2.2M), and Malaysia ($1.9M) are the early leaders ahead of the film's next expansion.
Into the Storm opened to a $7.6 million haul in China en route to a $14.2 million weekend from 46 markets. The natural disaster film has grossed $87.6 million overseas and $133.4 million globally.
The Boxtrolls took a $5.7 million start from its first 8 territories overseas. A #1 debut in the UK with $3.4 million (including last weekend's previews) impressed, while a #2 bow in Mexico with $1.8 million from 605 dates also helped establish the new animated film abroad. The Boxtrolls will expand to 49 additional territories over the next couple of months/
Fox International's Finding Fanny took a strong debut from India, grossing $4.3 million to establish a commanding lead in the country. The film opened day-and-date in the UK and US, with the two markets combining to help the film reach a $5 million global debut.
Deliver Us from Evil delivered $4.8 million from 42 territories, reaching a $41.9 million overseas cume. The film opened in fourth place in Mexico with a $1.2 million bow. The horror flick has grossed $72.4 million worldwide.
If I Stay expanded to 13 smaller markets over the weekend, earning $3.2 million from a total of 31 territories. The film has grossed $15.6 million outside of North America and $60.5 million globally.
As Above/So Below expanded to 14 territories over the weekend, adding $3 million to its overseas haul. The horror flick has now grossed a total of $8.5 million from 32 territories and $27.6 million worldwide
The Fault in our Stars colleted $3 million from 12 markets to reach a $175.1 million cume overseas. The drama has grossed a total of $299.8 million worldwide and will cross $300 million global milestone early in the week.
Let's be Cops caught another $2.5 million from 24 market, taking its overseas haul up to $22.3 million. The buddy cop comedy has grossed $95.2 million worldwide.
22 Jump Street took $2 million from 27 territories, reaching a $131.7 million overseas total and $322.5 million worldwide.
El Nino kept the top spot in Spain for a third consecutive weekend, grossing $2 million from 441 screens. The Spanish box office has been revived this year from strong performances by domestic films. El Nino has grossed a total of $13.4 million from three frames in Spain.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 added $1.6 million from 15 markets to reach a $435.5 million cume overseas and $610.7 million global total.
Dolphin Tale 2 opened in 7 markets overseas for a $1.3 million start to its run outside of North America. The film has grossed $17.8 million worldwide.
Transformers: Age of Extinction added $1 million from 21 markets as it winds down its overseas run. The film has grossed $835.5 million overseas and $1.08 billion worldwide.
The Maze Runner is off to an $8.3 million start from its first 5 markets overseas. The film claimed the top spot in all its markets and registered grosses above the opening of Divergent across all respective markets. The film's first batch of overseas markets are led by Mexico ($2.6M, 753 screens), Taiwan ($2.2M, 135 screens), and Malaysia ($1.9M, 270 screens) are the early leaders ahead of the film's next expansion. The film will expand to 48 new markets, including North America, next weekend. Comparable title Divergent has grossed a total of $135.4 million overseas.
The Boxtrolls took a $5.7 million start from its first 8 territories overseas. A #1 debut in the UK with $3.4 million (including last weekend's previews) impressed, while a #2 bow in Mexico with $1.8 million from 605 dates also helped establish the new animated film abroad. The Boxtrolls will expand to 49 additional territories over the next couple of months. The film is scheduled to open in North America on September 26.