Tops for the day (including Thursday night early shows) though is “Dracula Untold” (Universal) at $8.9 million (including $1.2 million of that though from the night before), continuing the horror rebound that started last week. “Gone Girl” with $8.15 million looks headed toward a full weekend somewhere over $25 million and best overall when all three days come in, which would mean a fall of around a third or less. That would be a strong indication that David Fincher’s attention-grabbing thriller remains a potent draw. It should end up around $75 million through ten days, a very strong performance for this time of year.
Third for the day is “Annabelle” (Warner Bros.), last week’s big horror opener. At $5.24 million it was just ahead of “Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (Buena Vista) with $5.232 million for the day. However, expect that with the latter’s matinee appeal to kids the order will flip for the full weekend. The other wide opener, “The Judge” with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall (Warner Bros.), placed fifth with $4.4 million. As an adult appeal film, this could see a healthy jump today, but it definitely seems to have suffered from its core audience being more interested in “Gone Girl.”
“Addicted” (Lionsgate/Code Black), an erotic thriller aimed at African-American audiences, placed sixth, with $3 million in only 846 theaters, a decent showing for that level of runs. An even more niche-appeal new film, “Meet the Mormons” (Purdie) which, despite the title isn’t a comedy but rather a church-backed documentary, took in around $1.23 million in only 318 theaters to place tenth.
Seventh to ninth went to three solid holdovers. In order, “The Equalizer” (Sony) scored $2.8 million, “The Maze Runner” (20th Century Fox) showed continued interest with $2.1 million, and “The Box Trolls” (Focus) did $1.65 million.
Two highly anticipated new limited specialized releases both showed initial interest yesterday. “Whiplash” (Sony Pictures Classics) grossed $37,158 in six New York/Los Angeles theaters (per screen average for the day $6,193), while “St. Vincent” (Weinstein) took in $30,920 in four (PSA $7,730). Both films, which count on strong word of mouth to bolster them ahead, look to be ahead of most recent limited openings.