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NORTH AMERICA: 'Gone Girl' Nabs $48M In Six Days; 'Annabelle' Up to $44M on October 09, 2014

oct3.pngFox reports that Gone Girl brought in $3.25 million on Wednesday, off 22 percent from Tuesday. The David Fincher adaptation has earned $48.2 million in its first six days as it paces 68 percent ahead of his 2010 film, The Social Network.

Warner Bros.' Annabelle added $1.8 million yesterday as it decreased 33 percent from Tuesday. The Conjuring prequel has tallied $43.9 million in its first six days, putting it 34 percent ahead of the pace of Paranormal Activity 4 and just 3 percent behind Insidious Chapter 2.

The Equalizer eased 46 percent from last Wednesday as it took in $1.38 million to boost its domestic cume up to $68.9 million--7 percent ahead The Book of Eli's 13-day pace.

The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls grossed $0.6 million (off 32 percent from last week) and $0.5 million (down 20 percent) on Wednesday, respectively giving them $75.65 million and $33.8 million in the bank to-date. The latter film is running 10 percent ahead of ParaNorman through the same point in release.

Meanwhile, the Nicolas Cage-starring Left Behind remake took in $0.37 million on Wednesday for a 30 percent day-to-day slide. The pic has earned $7.64 million through six days of release.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Gone Girl' Remains #1 on Tuesday with Strong $4.16M; 'Annabelle' Clears the $40M Mark after $2.67M Daily Take on October 08, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Gone Girl took in $4.16 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was up a healthy 27 percent over Monday's performance. Gone Girl has grossed a stronger than expected $44.95 million through five days of release. That places the film a very impressive 67.5 percent ahead of the $26.84 million five-day start of 2010's The Social Network.

Annabelle held steady in second with $2.67 million. Warner's low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was up 16 percent over Monday, which represented one of the day's weaker daily percentage holds among wide releases. In the bigger picture, Annabelle continues to perform very well with a five-day start of $42.12 million. Annabelle is currently running just 4 percent behind the $43.91 million five-day take of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.

Sony's The Equalizer took in $1.84 million to remain in third place. The Denzel Washington led action thriller was up 25 percent over Monday and down 49 percent from last Tuesday. The Equalizer continues to perform in line with the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a twelve-day take of $67.55 million. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $63.37 million twelve-day gross of 2010's The Book of Eli.

The Maze Runner continued to claim fourth with $0.832 million. Fox's successful young adult adaptation increased a strong 30 percent over Monday and fell just 34 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, especially for a young adult adaptation, The Maze Runner has grossed a stronger than expected $75.03 million through 19 days of release.

The Boxtrolls rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.668 million. The stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika was up 24 percent over Monday and down a slim 23 percent from last Tuesday. Like 2009's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman before it, The Boxtrolls is displaying strong holding power thus far. The film continues to exceed expectations with a twelve-day take of $33.30 million.

Freestyle's Left Behind took sixth place with $0.534 million. The faith based thriller remake starring Nicolas Cage was up 25 percent over Monday's performance. Left Behind has grossed $7.26 million in five days, which is towards the lower end of the film's modest pre-release expectations.

Fandango: 'Dracula Untold' Besting Pre-Sales of 'Underworld: Awakening' on October 08, 2014

fandango.pngLOS ANGELES - October 8, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the new action thriller "Dracula Untold" has tapped a vein, generating solid ticket sales and scoring an impressive 79 out of 100 points on Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator. "Dracula" bests the weekend's new box office blood, and is currently outselling 2012's horror-action thriller "Underworld: Awakening" at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.

Concurrently, "Gone Girl" is still going strong in its second weekend at the box office, scoring 77 points, while Disney's family comedy, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is bringing home an inspiring 74 points on Fandango's Fanticipation, and is the top pick for families this weekend.

To help celebrate the Halloween season, Fandango has launched an exclusive time-lapse video featuring Cleveland-based artist George Vlosich recreating an iconic image from the classic 1931 "Dracula" as a dramatic Etch-a-Sketch portrait. Fandango is also running a "Scare-Off" contest, offering one lucky fan a walk-on role in an upcoming movie from Blumhouse Productions, who will judge the best fan-made Instagram video inspired by a scary movie scene. Contest details can be found at fandango.com/scareoff.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Dracula Untold" ticket-buyers:
*81% are excited by this new reimagining of the Dracula legend, instead of a traditional retelling;
*67% identify themselves as Luke Evans fans;
*59% are fans of other vampire franchises;
*54% were attracted by the trailer's haunting horror visuals, while 46% picked the spectacular action scenes.

"This weekend's new movie choices really serve every audience," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "'Dracula Untold' is a darker action film for the guys, while the sexy thriller "Addicted" is the girls' night out choice. At the same time, adult audiences will be moved by the generational courtroom drama "The Judge," while the sweet Disney live-action comedy, "Alexander" is the clear family choice."

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' Clears $40M Mark after Leading Monday with $3.28M; 'Annabelle' Nears $40M after $2.31M Take on Monday on October 07, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Gone Girl led the daily box office on Monday with $3.28 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck has led the daily box office for the past three days. Gone Girl was down 64 percent from Sunday, which is a good early sign for the film and also a sign of the film skewing heavily towards older moviegoers. Gone Girl cleared the $40 million mark on Monday and has grossed a stronger than expected $40.79 million in four days. That places the film a very impressive 66.5 percent ahead of the $24.50 million four-day start of 2010's The Social Network.

Annabelle claimed second place for the day with $2.31 million. Warner's low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring fell 70 percent from Sunday's performance. Annabelle continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a strong four-day start of $39.44 million. The film is set to surpass the $40 million mark today and is running just 6 percent behind the $42.04 million four-day start of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.

Sony's The Equalizer placed in third with $1.47 million. The Denzel Washington led action thriller was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a sizable 50 percent from last Monday. The Equalizer continues to perform in line with the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with an eleven-day start of $65.71 million. That places the film 6 percent ahead of the $62.04 million eleven-day take of 2010's The Book of Eli.

The Maze Runner took fourth place with $0.641 million. Fox's successful young adult adaptation fell 76 percent from Sunday and a healthy 34 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, especially for a young adult adaptation, The Maze Runner has grossed a stronger than expected $74.19 million through 18 days of release.

The Boxtrolls rounded out Monday's top five with $0.539 million. The latest stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika was down 84 percent from Sunday and down a slim 26.5 percent from last Monday. Like 2009's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman before it, The Boxtrolls is displaying strong holding power thus far. The film continues to exceed expectations with an eleven-day take of $32.63 million.

Freestyle's Left Behind landed in sixth place with $0.427 million. The faith based thriller remake starring Nicolas Cage fell 71 percent from Sunday. Left Behind has grossed $6.73 million in four days, which is towards the lower end of the film's modest pre-release expectations.

Facebook Watch - 'Ouija' Controls The Board on October 06, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Ouija led the Facebook pack over the last week with a strong increase of 144,245 likes, or a 21.82% rise from its number a couple weeks ago. With Annabelle opening to a very strong $37 million this past weekend it would appear as though this October is going to be very strong for the screamers as both Dracula Untold and Ouija have also been tearing up the social media charts. By comparison, Annabelle was at just over 1.1 million like at the same distance before release. This might not be as big of a smash but with these numbers its throwing up teens to twenty-something millions could very well be possible.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was first runner up on the week in terms of total like gains as it came in with a 93k increase. The page already is one of the most popular ever on Facebook for a movie franchise at over 20 million likes. All signs point to go here as the franchise simply keeps improving.

The Bollywood import Happy New Year has been rocketing up the Facebook charts and this past week it ended with 3.23 million likes, one of the most liked Bollywood films ever according to our tracking. Way ahead of other successes such as Ek Tha Tiger (<1 million likes) and Dhoom 3 (<2 million likes). This is going to do very well when released on Diwali this year given these early signs.

Dracula Untold rose another 65k to 2.45 million likes overall, cementing its place as one of the most anticipated films of the month. Speaking of which, outside of Dracula and Ouija October hasn't been that green a pasture for upcoming wide releases which is somewhat disturbing. Curiously slow films include Nightcrawler, and The Book Of Life which have not come close to 100k likes yet. By no means a kiss of death but I find it hard to believe breakouts happening here with so few people looking forward to them. 

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday October 5th

Rank Release Movie Likes Preview Change % Change
1 10/24/14 Ouija 805,371 661,126 144,245 21.82%
2 11/21/14 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 20,365,887 20,272,616 93,271 0.46%
3 06/26/15 Ted 2 20,300,444 20,212,524 87,920 0.43%
4 10/24/14 Happy New Year (2014) 3,228,802 3,156,850 71,952 2.28%
5 10/10/14 Dracula Untold 2,448,553 2,382,997 65,556 2.75%
7 05/01/15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 12,078,349 12,045,083 33,266 0.28%
8 04/03/15 Fast & Furious 7 51,411,554 51,379,085 32,469 0.06%
9 10/10/14 Addicted 286,881 259,574 27,307 10.52%
10 03/25/16 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice 3,441,639 3,414,380 27,259 0.80%
11 03/20/15 The Divergent Series: Insurgent 3,570,800 3,546,717 24,083 0.68%
12 02/06/15 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 170,235 146,309 23,926 16.35%
13 02/13/15 Fifty Shades of Grey 5,057,595 5,034,735 22,860 0.45%
14 10/17/14 The Best of Me 392,420 375,358 17,062 4.55%
15 12/18/15 Star Wars: Episode VII 12,774,153 12,758,039 16,114 0.13%

 


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