After a slow few weeks or should I say months?) the box office should roar back to life this weekend thanks to Batfleck.
Based on the 2012 novel written by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the film’s screenplay), “Gone Gir” is the latest movie from director David Fincher. The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and others. That’s a ton of talent behind and in front of the camera, but the reason “Gone Girl” will be a success is simple: The book has sold millions of copies over the past two years, which should mean a huge opening weekend.
The film’s marketing campaign has done an excellent job describing what the movie is about: Did Nick Dunne (Affleck) kill his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike)? Even if you haven’t read the book, you know you’re getting a compelling mystery. In the past week, marketing also spotlighted the strong reviews for “Gone Girl.”
As of this morning, the film sits with 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie has been all over the place this week, with Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike popping up on every show imaginable.
Fox is expecting around $20 million, which is in the same ballpark as Ben Affleck’s “Argo” ($19.5 million), but I think that too low. Why? Because earlier this week, Fandango reported that “Gone Girl” was out-selling the debuts of other recent October releases “Taken 2” ($49 million) and “Paranormal Activity 3,” ($52 million).
As if that wasn’t enough, Fandango also reported that “Gone Girl” selling in line with “Gravity,” which scored a huge $55.8 million debut on this same weekend last year. With all of this in mind, I would not be surprised if “Gone Girl” opened north of $60 million this weekend.
Then there’s horror flick “Annabelle,” which is a spinoff (or prequel) of 2013’s hit “The Conjuring.” Landing at 3,185 screens this weekend, “Annabelle” could bring in over $20 million this weekend. That may not sound like much, but keep in mind the movie cost only $6.5 million to produce. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.
Finally waaaay in the back, out of the top five we have “Left Behind,” from Freestyle Releasing. The film opens in roughly 1,800 screens and stars Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Lea Thompson. The rapture film is based on the extremely popular series of books. Although I’m not sure if its a reboot of the 2000 adaptation starring the artist formerly knowns as Kirk Cameron,
The new movie cost an estimated $16 million to produce, which is kinda low for what should be a special effects heavy movie. Anyways, the only reason I would even consider seeing “Left Behind” is because it’s directed by Vic Armstrong. Don’t know who he is? Look him up, due’s done just about everything in this business, he even wrote his epic (and hilarious) autobiography.
Chances are you’ve seen Vic Armstrong plenty of times, you just don’t know it. Armstrong is also a brilliant action director, it’s just a shame he never got the main director’s chair on a James Bond movie.
On a personal note, I’m going away for a long weekend, so don’t expect much posting until Tuesday or so. That is all, class dismissed.