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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.

Facebook Watch - 'Ouija' Doubles Down on October 13, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Ouija continued to open eyes over the last week on Facebook, increasing another 232k likes to just over 1 million. With just under two weeks from release it has become the current hot ticket on Facebook for the better part of the last two weeks. By comparison, Annabelle had ~1.3 million likes the same distance before its release. With Dracula Untold debuting with an estimated $23 million on the weekend to join Annabelle's $37 million opening earlier in October it would appear as though the month is indeed going to be one of the strongest ever as a whole for the genre. Given these numbers it would appear as though $20 million here is also a lock giving the scream-genre another much need win after a long drought in 2014.

Big franchise pages such as Ted, Fast & Furious, Avengers and Batman V Superman made up spots 2 through 5 but really given how massive those pages are already and that none of them increased more than 1% its nothing out of the ordinary.

The Book Of Life saw the biggest percentage increase on the day amongst all upcoming films on Facebook with a 54% hike to just under 60,000 likes. The film has struggled to generate much interest on Facebook and Twitter and considering that it is less than a week from release I have a sneaky suspicion that this is going to be a miss for Fox. Even The Legends Of Oz was double its Facebook numbers this close to release.

Lastly, the new trailer for Exodus: Gods And Kings was instrumental in building its Facebook base as it rose 43% to just under 37k likes. A low overall number yes but considering that it is two months from release and that is more than doubled its number since the end of September I'm liking its current trajectory. Noah was virtually identical at this same distance from release (38k likes), and seems to be a good marker for its potential come opening weekend.

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday October 12th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 10/24/14 Ouija 1,037,779 805,371 232,408 28.86%
2 06/26/15 Ted 2 20,397,549 20,300,444 97,105 0.48%
3 04/03/15 Fast & Furious 7 51,445,325 51,411,554 33,771 0.07%
4 10/24/14 Avengers: Age of Ultron 12,107,118 12,078,349 28,769 0.24%
5 03/25/16 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice 3,464,489 3,441,639 22,850 0.66%
6 10/17/14 The Book of Life (2014) 58,906 38,333 20,573 53.67%
7 12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 14,105,877 14,085,814 20,063 0.14%
8 10/17/14 The Best of Me 411,784 392,420 19,364 4.93%
9 02/06/15 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 187,844 170,235 17,609 10.34%
10 10/17/14 Fury (2014) 325,188 309,731 15,457 4.99%
11 11/14/14 Beyond the Lights 219,736 204,896 14,840 7.24%
12 11/26/14 Penguins of Madagascar 3,078,180 3,066,121 12,059 0.39%
13 12/12/14 Exodus: Gods and Kings 37,567 26,390 11,177 42.35%
14 11/07/14 Big Hero 6 191,133 181,415 9,718 5.36%
15 10/24/14 John Wick 43,588 33,922 9,666 28.49%

GLOBAL: 'Dracula Untold' Grows Overseas; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Opens Big in China; 'Annabelle,' 'Gone Girl' Build on Early Success on October 12, 2014

wd486ogb5sadn7rlahfh.jpgDracula Untold welcomed a total of $33.9 million from 42 territories, this weekend, becoming the highest grossing film of the weekend at the overseas box office. The film claimed the top spot in Russia with a big $9.6 million bow at 1,065 dates to become the biggest 2D opener of the year in the market. Mexico posted its second consecutive weekend in first place with a $3.4 million haul at 650 dates, allowing the film to reach an 11-day cume of $9.5 million in the market. South Korea took a strong $4.4 million debut from 284 dates and finished the weekend in second place. Dracula Untold has grossed $62.6 million overseas and $86.1 million worldwide. The film will expand to 17 additional territories next weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy opened in China this weekend and generated Disney’s third best over debut in the market behind Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2. A $26.6 million Chinese debut for Guardians is already more than the market cumes of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. Guardians of the Galaxy finished the weekend with a $28 million haul from 22 territories. The film has grossed $361 million overseas and $687 worldwide.

Annabelle grossed $27 million this weekend, including more than 4.3 million admissions from nearly 5k screens across 44 markets. France and Brazil both posted #1 finishes, while the UK and India both finished the weekend at #2. The film has also enjoyed great success in Chile, where it is already the second biggest horror film of all time (behind The Conjuring after only two weekends in the market. Top markets for the film include South Korea ($5.5M), Russia ($4.8M), and Malaysia ($4.3M). Annabelle has earned a total of $60.3 million overseas and $122.4 million worldwide. It expands to Mexico on October 23.

Gone Girl earned $27 million from 6,253 screens across 52 markets. The thriller posted strong holds in the UK ($5M), Australia ($3.8M), and Germany ($2.1M). Gone Girl has grossed a total of $63 million overseas and $141.4 million worldwide.

The Maze Runner brought in $13.7 million from 4,744 screens across 62 markets. The film has already brought in a total of $140 million overseas and has grossed $224 million worldwide with top markets like China, Germany, France, and Japan remaining on the schedule.

The Equalizer registered an $11.5 million weekend from 86 markets to take its overseas haul to up $57.1 million. The highlight of the weekend came with Germany taking a #1 debut with a $2.5 million from 507 screens. The action flick has now grossed a total of $137 million worldwide.

Bollywood release Bang Bang stays hot after posting the second biggest weekend of the year in its home market. The Indian haul is now up to $29.5 million. Bang Bang grossed $7.6 million from a combined 7 overseas markets, bringing its total outside of North America up to $35.9 million.

The Boxtrolls added $3.6 million from 26 territories, bringing its overseas haul up to $31.8 million. The film has grossed a total of $72.8 million globally.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opened day-and-date across 14 territories, netting a combined haul of $2.8 million. Top markets from the initial roll out include Mexico ($1.3M), Russia ($800k), and Argentina ($300k). The film will expand over the following months, with top markets Brazil and UK next on the schedule for late October.

Lucy is finishing up its overseas run, ending the weekend with a $2.6 million tally from 60 territories. The action flick has grossed a total of $286.2 million overseas and $412.3 million worldwide.

The Judge saw action in 7 small territories during its day-and-debut with North America. The film grossed a combined of $1.6 million from its overseas debut, including a $955k bow from Australia. The film has grossed a total of $14.9 million worldwide. The Judge expands to Germany, UK, Russia, and Brazil next weekend.


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