Weekend Box Office: FURY Tops the Weekend with $23.5 Million; GONE GIRL Crosses $100 Million

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Director David Ayer’s World War II film Fury topped the box office this weekend, dethroning David Fincher’s Gone Girl with a solid $23.5 million.  The unrelentingly brutal Brad Pitt-fronted picture had one of the best openings for a WWII film of all time, placing fourth just behind Saving Private Ryan, Inglourious Basterds, and the current champion Pearl Harbor.  It also marked Ayer’s biggest opening as a director by $10 million, and audiences were satisfied by the finished result as the film netted an A- CinemaScore.  Another of the weekend’s big new releases, the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life, pulled in $17 million and landed in third place overall, while the Nicholas Sparks romance The Best of Me scored a mere $10.2 million for fifth place, making it the lowest debut for a Sparks drama ever.

Read the full weekend box office report and get a look at the complete Top 10 after the jump.

Oscar Beat: The Best Picture Race at a Glance

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The awards race is off and running.  We’ve already been through the fall film festival circuit where a number of contenders emerged either as heavy hitters or non-players, and as November approaches we’re starting to get to the point where all of the big films have been seen.  As such, I thought now would be a good time to start taking a closer look at some of the big categories, seeing where things stand as far as what films and actors/actresses are most likely to be nominated.  Take a look at the Best Picture race at a glance in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: GONE GIRL Defeats DRACULA UNTOLD for Second First Place Finish

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For the second weekend in a row Gone Girl is on top of the domestic box office.  And for the second weekend in a row the R-rated drama got the win despite losing Friday to another title.  Last week’s Friday winner was the horror prequel Annabelle, while this week it was Dracula Untold that got the brief taste of glory.  Universal’s horror-fantasy was a lot stronger out of the gate than many expected, though not quite strong enough to chase down Gone Girl.  After taking in an estimated $78.2 million in ten days, the Fox drama is on its way to becoming the biggest hit of director David Fincher’s career.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gone Girl $26,800,000 $78.2
2.  Dracula Untold $23,460,000 $23.4
3.  Alexander… $19,100,000 $19.1
4.  Annabelle $16,365,000 $62.1
5.  The Judge $13,330,000 $13.3
6.  The Equalizer $9,725,000 $79.8
7.  Addicted $7,600,000 $7.6
8.  The Maze Runner $7,500,000 $83.8
9.  The Boxtrolls $6,676,000 $41
10.  Left Behind $2,909,000 $10.9

 

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Watch David Fincher and the Cast of GONE GIRL Talk Multiple Takes, Audience Reaction, and How Fincher Deals with Cell Phones on Set

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Gone Girl has finally been unleashed on general audiences, and after seeing it this weekend I count it as one of my favorite films of the year.  It’s bitingly funny, wickedly sharp satire, but above all it’s tremendously entertaining.  If you’re a fan of director David Fincher you’ve probably already read a number of interviews with the filmmaker about his Gillian Flynn adaptation by now, but a series of loose, uncensored video interviews with Fincher, Flynn, and the cast of Gone Girl has been released online via Cinemax and they’re a must-watch.  The conversation amongst the ensemble is really funny, with Rosamund Pike relating how Fincher reacted to catching her on her cell phone and the entire cast talking about how freeing it was to do many, many takes under Fincher’s direction.  There are also a couple more behind-the-scenes stories illuminated that illicit big laughs from all.

Hit the jump to watch the Gone Girl video interviews, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film is now playing in theaters everywhere.

THE COLLISION: Episode 106 – David Fincher and GONE GIRL

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by Perri and Evan to talk about David Fincher and Gone Girl.  During this spoiler-heavy episode, we discuss why the movie works so well, how it compares to Fincher’s other movies, his development as a director, how the film differs from the book, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Boxtrolls and Laika”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, @PNemiroff, and @Evan Dickson.

Weekend Box Office: Tight Race as GONE GIRL Edges Out ANNABELLE with $38 Million

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We told you yesterday that this weekend’s two big releases, Gone Girl and Annabelle, would come out strong but that David Fincher’s drama would come out on top.  That’s exactly how it played out, though the estimates for the two films were much closer than expected.  Annabelle, a prequel to last year’s The Conjuring, had a better Saturday hold than your typical horror franchise feature, earning an estimated $37.2 million for the three day frame.  Fox’s Gone Girl estimate is only slightly higher at $38 million.  This is good news for both films but great news for the box office, which is trying to bounce back from September’s near-record lows.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gone Girl $38,000,000 $38
2.  Annabelle $37,200,000 $37.2
3.  The Equalizer $19,000,000 $64.5
4.  The Boxtrolls $12,425,000 $32.5
5.  The Maze Runner $12,000,000 $73.9
6.  Left Behind $6,850,000 $6.8
7.  This Is Where I Leave You $4,000,000 $29
8.  Dolphin Tale 2 $3,530,000 $37.9
9.  Guardians of the Galaxy $3,034,000 $323.3
10.  No Good Deed $2,500,000 $50.1

 

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TOP 5: GONE GIRL, INHERENT VICE, New INTERSTELLAR Trailer, AMERICAN SNIPER, Most Anticipated: October to December

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Halloween season is upon us and to celebrate I’ll be recommending horror pics I’ve seen recently that I think merit a view in each Top 5 installment this month. This week my recommendation goes to writer/director Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus. The film hit theaters back in April where it enjoyed solid box office returns and critical success alike. While not overly frightening, Oculus is an effective, unsettling picture thanks in large part to Flanagan’s editing which expertly weaves present day and past events together in a way that makes the outcome(s) feel inevitable yet satisfying. Watching Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites‘ terrifying past and present unfold concurrently could have easily discombobulated the narrative. Instead, the transitions not only feel smooth but they add tremendous tension and empathy for the brother and sister. More psychological horror than gore fest (although it’s not completely void of tough to watch moments), Oculus is absolutely deserving of a spot on your All Hallows’ Eve watch list.

Recommendations aside, this week’s edition features Matt’s Gone Girl review and the conclusion of his David Fincher retrospective, the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, a new Interstellar trailer, a breathtaking first trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper, and a look at our most anticipated movies for the rest of 2014. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: ANNABELLE Scares Up the Win on Opening Day but GONE GIRL Will Snatch the Weekend

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With this year’s sleepy September now behind it, the box office seems poised for an impressive October.  Two new wide releases came out stronger than projected, though it was the R-rated horror pic Annabelle that had the edge on Friday.  A prequel to 2013’s monster horror hit The Conjuring, Annabelle scored an estimated $15.5 million from 3,185 locations yesterday, including $2.1 million from late night previews.  That was good enough for first place on opening day, though it won’t secure Annabelle the win on October’s first weekend.  That honor will go to Gone Girl, the highly-anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2012 novel.  The R-rated drama earned an estimated $13.2 million from 3,014 locations yesterday and could climb as high as $38 million this weekend.

Details and Friday’s top five after the jump.

GONE GIRL: What Did You Think?

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Ladies and gentlemen, a new David Fincher film is now in theaters.  Not only do we have a new work of art from one of the most exciting filmmakers in the business to pore over, but he’s adapting a book that has a lot of fans.  Expectations have been high for Gone Girl for quite a while, but the adaptation is now finally in theaters for all to see.  In his review, Matt praised the film as perhaps Fincher’s “most cold, pitiless, and acerbic movie to date”, and while I’ll be catching the pic myself this weekend, now we’d like to hear what you thought of the film.  Did Gone Girl live up to your expectations?  Did Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike deliver the goods?  How does this stack up to the rest of Fincher’s filmography?  Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section after the jump. 

GONE GIRL Review

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There’s nothing that makes us as emotionally blind as love.  Because we crave is so badly, we’re willing to distort reality and distort others so that they meet our needs.  And when the veil lifts and the truth is exposed, everything breaks apart.  Our emotions can surpass hate.  At least hate is outright rejection.  David Fincher‘s Gone Girl is a vicious, nasty, and bitingly funny look at anti-love.  It’s a dark, twisted, borderline celebration of how deluded people can be in what they demand of others be it morally, emotionally, or truthfully.  Perhaps Fincher’s most cold, pitiless, and acerbic movie to date, Gone Girl is not without its flaws, but even those flaws serve this bitter, captivating, knives-out picture of marriage as a violent crime.

New GONE GIRL Clip: Ben Affleck is Brought in for Questioning

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I should know my own blood type, right?  Thanks to this new Gone Girl clip, I might actually look into that.  David Fincher’s latest is just days away from its October 3rd wide release, so we’ve got promotional material pouring in.  In this latest clip from the film, Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne doesn’t know if his wife’s got friends, he doesn’t know what she does during the day and he doesn’t know her blood type either, and the cops (Patrick Fugit and Kim Dickens) interrogating him aren’t happy about it.

Gone Girl just had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival Friday night and soon thereafter, the web was flooded with high praise so this one really might live up to all the hype.  Hit the jump to check out that new Gone Girl clip.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski and Neil Patrick Harris.

Listen to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Full Score for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL

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David Fincher‘s Gone Girl is only a little over a week away, and the movie will mark his third collaboration with musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The duo previously handled the score The Social Network (for which they won an Oscar) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and their electronic music perfectly suits Fincher’s slightly off-kilter, cold, mocking style.  The full Gone Girl score has gone online, and while it’s not necessarily music you’ll kick back and relax to, it does have a strong blend of uneasy peace and angry noise that should perfectly suit the picture.

Click over to NPR to listen to the full score.  The film opens October 3rd and stars Ben AffleckRosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  And speaking of David Fincher, click here to check out my ongoing career retrospective.

First GONE GIRL Clip Features a Meet-Cute between Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, While a New TV Spot Puts Affleck on the Defensive

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Believe it or not, we’re only about a week away from the release of David Fincher’s latest dramatic adaptation, Gone Girl.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s been a recent uptick in the film’s marketing material, what with two TV spots being released, along with a host of images.  Today, we are being treated to another TV spot and the movie’s first clip, which provide a rather interesting contrast for where the lead characters’ relationship begins and ultimately where it ends up.

Starring Ben AffleckRosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will premiere this Friday at the New York Film Festival and then opens in theaters on October 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the film’s first clip, as well as a newly released TV spot.

Listen to a Track from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ GONE GIRL Score; Plus 9 New Images

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October 3rd seems so close and yet so far away.  Gone Girl is hands down my most anticipated film of the rest of the year, not because of the story or source material, but because David Fincher is one of the few truly uncompromising filmmakers we have left.  When the film hits theaters, we’ll know that this is Fincher’s film through and through, and he seems to have a lot to say about relationships and our inherent narcissistic nature in the telling of this story.  Another reason to be excited about Gone Girl is the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The duo’s work on The Social Network is one of the vital pieces that makes that movie a masterpiece, and while their Girl with the Dragon Tattoo score was a bit too similar-sounding to Social Network for my taste, I’m incredibly curious to see what they’ve come up with for Gone Girl.  And I’m in luck, because the very first Gone Girl soundtrack clip has been released online, and it teases a very different—yet still haunting—kind of score.  Is that a copy machine I hear?

Take a listen to the first Gone Girl soundtrack clip from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross after the jump, along with some new images from the film.  Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris, Gone Girl will premiere at the New York Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 3rd.

New GONE GIRL TV Spot Tortures Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne

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Can’t it just be October 3rd already?  I already know Gone Girl will be good because I’ve never disliked a David Fincher movie and I love the book by Gillian Flynn.  But I’m starting to be more and more convinced this will be one of Fincher’s major works.  For me his best stuff is Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Social Network (with The Game, Panic Room, Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo all being very good but not all time greats).  My money is on this new one joining the upper ranks.  This new TV Spot doesn’t diminish any of that and focusses on the tribulations of Ben Affleck‘s character (be sure to check out the trailer first if you haven’t seen it).

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl TV Spot.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

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