B.O. Roundup, October 10-12: 'Gone Girl' Once Again Holds It Down

Sunday, 12 October 2014 10:27 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, October 10-12: 'Gone Girl' Once Again Holds It Down

Never, ever underestimate the desire of Americans to peek behind the curtain of a truly jacked-up marriage.

This voyeuristic urge, combined with the movie being verifiably awesome, has propelled Gone Girl to its second consecutive weekend atop the North American box office, fending off a crowded and diverse field of new releases.

The R-rated thriller dominated last weekend and proved this frame that it was no fluke, earning an estimated $26.8 million for a ten-day domestic total of $78.2 million.  It's pretty safe to say that Gone Girl will be director David Fincher's biggest domestic hit on record.  It's already his biggest Stateside opener and it's on track to easily usurp The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as his biggest U.S. earner out there.

Thanks to exceedingly positive word of mouth, the bestseller adaptation starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck managed to hold off Dracula Untold, despite the PG-13 franchise-starter outpacing Gone Girl on Friday.

Dracula Untold stars Luke Evans as Vlad, a 15th century Transylvanian prince who gets his vampire powers in order to defend his native land from military conscription.  The first movie in Universal's Marvel-style shared cinematic universe of rebooted classic monsters, Gary Shore's origin story got shellacked by critics but nonetheless managed to gross an estimated $23.4 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Hunky Luke Evans helped draw audiences to the new take on Bram Stoker's seductive, supernatural vampire, putting Dracula Untold in second place.

In third place, there's a Disney family movie that's about as different from both Gone Girl and Dracula Untold as possible.  Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day adapts the beloved, forty-two-year-old all-ages novel by Judith Viorst and stars the likes of Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, making its family movie bona fides inarguable.

The movie came in third place with an estimated $19.1 million, which is greater than Disney's lowball $17 million projection, but is also pretty modest considering the only real competition for the family dollar was The Boxtrolls.

One of the biggest movie stars on the face of the planet, meanwhile, could only manage fifth place.  The Judge, a straight-down-the-middle family drama/courtroom drama starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, seemed destined for first place, yet only secured $13.3 million, according to estimates.  That's nothing to sneeze at, certainly, especially since The Judge is a whole lot cheaper than the average Iron Man adventure, but it's still a pretty slack number for a movie that so aggressively stacked the deck for commercial appeal.

In limited release, Lionsgate's Addicted cracked the top ten with an estimated $7.6 million.  Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner, meanwhile, grossed just under $1 million from 374 locations in North America, while St. Vincent, which stars Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, hauled in $121,054 from just four locations.

Check out the top ten movies in North America for the weekend of October 10th through 12th:

1. Gone Girl.............................................................$26.8 million...............$78.2 million

2. Dracula Untold....................................................$23.4 million...............New Release

3. Alexander and the Terrible................................$19.1 million...............New Release

4. Annabelle............................................................$16.4 million...............$62.1 million

5. The Judge............................................................$13.3 million...............New Release

6. The Equalizer......................................................$9.7 million.................$79.8 million

7. Addicted..............................................................$7.6 million.................New Release

8. The Maze Runner................................................$7.5 million.................$83.8 million

9. The Boxtrolls.......................................................$6.6 million.................$41.0 million

10. Left Behind........................................................$2.9 million.................$10.9 million

Next Friday brings some heavy hitters into the domestic box office fray, from the anticipated Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me to the WWII action-drama Fury to the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life.

Our money is on The Best of Me to finally unseat Fincher's bleak look at marriage.  What do you think?

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