Box Office Predictions: October 17, 2014

We’re back at it once again, it’s time for box office predictions! Last week, we successfully predicted the order of the top five, so let’s see if our intuition stays strong for another week, or fails us harder than a slacker on a midterm exam. Will Gone Girl sweep the competition for the third weekend in a row, or will another film steal the spotlight? Only time will tell!

1.) “Fury”:

Its about time that “Gone Girl” was dethroned, and “Fury” is the perfect candidate to steal the crown. The early reviews for “Fury” have been mostly positive, and it’s receiving a ton of hype among action movie fans.   With some of the world’s biggest film stars, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman, and in conjunction with an exciting WWII thriller, there’s no way that “Fury” doesn’t make some serious bank. After all, who doesn’t like watching Brad Pitt kick Nazi ass?  If “Inglorious Basterds” is any indiction, no one! While, Quentin Tarantino may have been a major draw for that film, people show up for Brad Pitt regardless of the director, and “Fury” should be no different.  ≈ $32 million

2.) “Gone Girl”:

Despite having already been in theaters for two weekends, David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is still running extremely strong. The film has received rave reviews, and its success has been proven again and again these last two weeks. There aren’t too many big blowout films lined up for this weekend, so there’s no reason why “Gone Girl: can’t maintain a top spot. Its the kind of movie that people like to see twice and bring their friends along to, so tickets will continue to sell far into its time in theaters. :Gone Girl’s” profits will certainly drop from last weekend and the weekend before however, and it is should have no problem staying in the top three. ≈ $23 million.

3.) “Dracula Untold”:

Halloween is approaching, which means more vampire love! “Dracula Untold” managed to make second place last weekend, coming under only “Gone Girl” by a surprisingly small margin, proving that it isn’t the swing and a miss many predicted. The overall consensus has been that the movie is no gem, which will certainly slow ticket sales and therefore should keep “Dracula Untold” from a higher spot on the list. However, it made $23.4 million in its first three days, and therefore shouldn’t be underestimated or brushed off. Don’t expect gang-busters, but “Dracula Untold” should continue to do solid business through the weekend. ≈ $18 million

Extra Large Movie Poster Image for Book of Life4.) “The Book of Life”:

What’s better than an animated movie starring Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana? Only three other movies, apparently! Coming in fourth this week should be “The Book of Life.” Judging by the success of “The Boxtrolls” in the past few weekends, and lack of competition, “The Book of Life” should have no trouble capturing the attention of young children across the country.  Aside from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, there’s not much else to take away from “Book of Life’s” audience. ≈ $15 million

5.) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day:

Rounding off the list this weekend will be “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” It did surprisingly well in its opening weekend, bringing in around $19 million. However, it is now in contention with “The Book of Life” for the same demographic. Considering the star power present in “The Book of Life,” there should really be no contest. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is also on its second weekend already, which means profits from last week will drop significantly. ≈ $12 million.

By Sam Rivman

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