But then 2008 happened. Iron Man came out and walloped audiences at the end with an appearance by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury and the introduction of the Avengers initiative. Rapid announcements of a series of Marvel movies came, and the concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to take shape.
Our Box Office Predictions from a few days back had Gone Girl remaining at the top of the heap over Brad Pitt’s new war flick, Fury. Did Brad flip the script on Ben? And what kind of competition did the Books, Bad Days, and Beginning Vampires put up against the big two? Find out after the jump!
The Universal Monsters are pop culture icons. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman – all exist in our consciousness in the images created of them back in the 1930s by Universal Studios. All later versions of these creatures are seen through the lens of this original motion picture creation. As good as Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, Gary Oldman, or even this new Dracula Untold guy, Luke Evans, have been as Count Dracula, our first impression, our go-to visual will always be the aristocratic, Eastern accented, slick haired, perfect suited and caped Bela Lugosi version. More on the 1931 Dracula, and its secret Spanish twin, after the jump.
It was an interesting weekend at the box office, as there wound up being a few surprises with new releases. Here’s what went down.
Dracula Untold managed to surprise some pundits with its debut, coming in second with $23 million. While not the huge hit that Annabelle was last weekend, it’s still a solid showing for a film that’s definitely different from other current horror franchises. While it still has a ways to go before Dracula Untold makes back its $70 million, I’m guessing with the worldwide totals, it’s now actually doable.
Debuting in third place was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with $19 million. With little family fair out there at the moment, this one wound the ideal choice. Once can’t rule out the star power of Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner, either.
Finally, debuting in a distant fifth place is The Judge, Robert Downey Jr’s latest, with an underwhelming $13.3 million. It’s definitely not the sort of number the biggest actor in the world wants to see, but this is also an adult drama that may play a good long game. We’ll see if the film continues a slow burn over the next few weekends.
As for the rest of the top five, Gone Girl was on top for the second weekend in a row, grossing $26.8 million, down less than 30% from it’s opening weekend. Annabelle fell to fourth place with $16 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Gone Girl – $25 million
2) Annabelle – $22 million
3) Dracula Untold – $20 million
4) The Judge – $15 million
5) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – $13 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) Gone Girl – $26.8 million
2) Dracula Untold – $23 million
3) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – $19 million
4) Annabelle – $16 million
5) The Judge– $13.3 million
Next week sees The Book Of Life and Fury. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!
This weekend sees the release of at least two movies hoping to grab your box office dollars. Will any of them deliver? Here’s our predictions:
The Judge is the latest from Robert Downey Jr., the highest-paid actor in the world. There’s been lots of solid acclaim for the film, which debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, with talk of costar Robert Duvall possibly scoring an Oscar nomination for his role. While it may not be Iron Man or Sherlock Holmes, audiences are currently in love with Robert Downey Jr. and it should show this weekend with The Judge opening with a decent amount for a dramatic film. Look for a fourth place showing with $15 million.