Friday Box-Office: Affleck's Girl Fights Off Dracula

Friday Box-Office: Affleck's Girl Fights Off Dracula

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Gone Girl is looking like it could end up as one of the bigger box-office hits of director David Fincher's critically-lauded but not always audience-rewarded career.

The controversial thriller, featuring Ben Affleck as a man scrutinized by the media after the suspicious disappearance of his wife, dropped only a minor 39% from it's debut (looking at $24-25 million for the weekend) and looks poised to hang on to the number one spot for two full weeks - a feat not accomplished by an R-rated film since Shutter Island in 2010.

Though not a runaway hit, Dracula Untold did solid business for a likely second-place finish, though no word on whether a $20 million opening (for a PG-13 monster-movie in October, no less) will be enough for the studio to follow-through on plans to potentially incorporate the film's version of Count Dracula into its planned Universal Monsters shared-universe of films.

Disney's family flick, Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, bowed in third place, while last week's haunted-doll feature Annabelle dropped to fourth. The Judge, a father/son legal drama with Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, debuted in fifth.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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So an R rated film is beating out a movie that's PG-13, but arguably could have benefited from being at least an M?

I really hope that studios get the hint that playing it safe doesn't always mean it's safe.

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So an R rated film is beating out a movie that's PG-13, but arguably could have benefited from being at least an M?

I really hope that studios get the hint that playing it safe doesn't always mean it's safe.

That's also assuming that not 'playing it safe' would have made it a better, more widely appealing movie, which I doubt. Dracula's faults have more to do a rather bleh story (well, the plot is fine, but it jumps through it so quick it's hard to give a shit about much) and characters.

Girl Fights Off Dracula? Is that the next Asylum flick?

Seen both, both good, Left more scared after gone girl than Dracula though, for obvious reasons, if people have seen GG.

 

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