Defending box office champion “Gone Girl” faces some tough competition this week from Iron Man, Dracula, and one unlucky Disney family. Who I wonder will win?
Welp, David Fincher’s psychological thriller should hold on to the top spot for the second weekend in a row, with around $20 million or so. The real battle will be for second place where that freaky demon doll “Annabelle” will be a tight race against “The Judge,” “Dracula Untold,” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star as the parents of the unlucky Alexander in this Disney update of Judith Viorst’s 1972 bedtime story. The PG-rated comedy cost a reported $28 million to produce and Disney is releasing the movie in 3,088 locations in North America. With little family flare in theatres, Alexander could earn somewhere around $18 million this weekend.
That should be enough for a second place finish. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” won’t be a blockbuster, but it will be a modest hit.
I gotta say though, I thought Steve Carell would be making better movies than this after he left “The Office.”
These days Robert Downey Jr. could film himself eating breakfast, and the film would be a box office hit. Plus all that Iron Man 4 speculation this week can’t hurt his father/son courtroom drama co-starring Robert Duvall, which cost a reported $50 million to produce.
The only things that could hurt “The Judge” are its R rating (which could keep many Marvel fans away), and competition for the same audience from “Gone Girl” and “The Equalizer.”
Warner Bros. is releasing the drama, produced by Village Roadshow, Team Downey and Big Kid Pictures, in an estimated 2,700 theaters. Reviews are mixed (49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but Robert Downey Jr. will still show up this weekend, and “The Judge” should earn $15 million. whether its finishes in third or fourth place, remains to be seen.
The bomb of the week will likely be Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ dark Dracula origin story starring Luke Evans. “Dracula Untold” opens in 2,885 North American locations, Friday, including large format and IMAX screens. The film cost a reported $70 million to produce and has already earned $21 million from 25 markets in its first weekend.
Not surprisingly, reviews aren’t great. Yesterday the movie had 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but as of Friday morning the film is at 24 percent on and apparently dropping. If this movie makes over $12 million this wekeend, I’ll be surprised, no shocked.
Every time I’ve seen the trailer in theatres, it’s been followed by laughter. Can’t say I’m surprised though, this movie reminds me a little too much of “Van Helsing.: I really hope “Dracula Untold” is not the start of the new Universal Monster line from Legendary.