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Weekend B.O. Oct. 11-13 (The Onslaught Begins…)

Weekend B.O. Oct. 11-13 (The Onslaught Begins...)

This weekend, the fall film season (also known as “The Beginning of The Oscar Season”) started
in full force, with a quite a number of major releases. And it’s going to
continue this way, until the Christmas season.

Among the films which opened on Friday were the
really excellent “Whiplash,” the really crummy “The Judge,” as well as “Dracula Untold,” “Addicted” (which was not screened for the press in advance, which is always a sign
of quality), “St. Vincent,” “Kill The Messenger,” and “Alexander and the Horrible
Yadda Yadda Yadda…”

And that’s not
even mentioning all the smaller indie releases, such as “The Overnighters,” “I Am Ali,” “You’re Not You,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her” and
several others.

What would be on top? What would be at the bottom?

And the
winner was this weekend, once again, was “Gone Girl.”

David Fincher’s superb adaptation
of the popular novel was again the No.1 film this weekend with some $27 million, and a total of $78.6 million so far.

“Dracula Untold,” which actually beat “Gone Girl” on Friday, came in second with $23.3 million.

Meanwhile “The
Judge” was a huge disappointment, despite the presence of, currently, the highest
paid actor in the world, “Robert Downey Jr.,” with under $14 million. Guess he’s
going to be putting on the iron suit again pretty soon.

The “Alexander” film brought families out, and made a respectable $18.8 million; and, as
for “Addicted,” the film version of Zane’s novel, it came in 7th place, with only $7.6
million. But the fact that film opened in only 846 theaters, means it had
one of the highest per screen averages, with just under $9000 per
screen.

“The
Equalizer” landed in 8th place, with $9.6 million, and just under $80 million
so far domestically, which means it will easily top $100
million.

But maybe
the real surprise was the 10th place finish for the totally unknown “Meet The Mormons,” which is, I’m guessing, a sort of Mormons-aren’t-creepy sort
of documentary. The film “portrays the
personal stories of six diverse Mormons and their families,” which means a
black family, a Hispanic family, perhaps a single mother, though I’m willing to
bet no gay families appear in it.

1). Gone
Girl (FOX) $27M Total: $78.6M

2). Dracula
Untold (UNI) $23.3M

3).
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (DIS) $18.6M

4).
Annabelle (WB)$16.2 M Total: $62.1M

5). The
Judge (WB) Total: $13.25M

6). The
Equalizer (SONY) $9.6M Total: $79.5M

7). Addicted
(LGF) $7.6M

8). The Maze
Runner (FOX)  $7.2M/ Total: $83.7M

9). The
Boxtrolls (FOC)  $6.7M/ Total: $41M

10). Meet
the Mormons (Purdie) Total: $3.2M

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