Weekend Forecast: 'Fury', 'The Book of Life', & 'The Best of Me'
Featured Stories - on October 15, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
Three films open in wide release this weekend--will any of them knock two-time champion Gone Girl out of first place?
- Brad Pitt's star power is undeniable after a variety of hits like Inglourious Basterds, Moneyball, and World War Z.
- Fandango pre-sales are reportedly on par with that of Monuments Men.
- Flixster and Facebook activity have been consistently encouraging.
- Sony's aim to bring in military families for this flick has proven a successful strategy for past films.
- Although he's delivered some well-reviewed films in the past, David Ayer has yet to prove having a commercially-friendly style of filmmaking.
- Twitter activity has been all over the map, closely resembling that of Sabotage before a last minute bump this week.
- The breakout success of The Equalizer and Gone Girl earlier this month may have diminished some immediate demand for this.
The Book of Life
- Flixster and Twitter buzz are solid, closely resembling The Boxtrolls at the same point before release.
- The lack of any major family breakouts since summer, Boxtrolls and Alexander... not withstanding, could help.
- The film's diverse voice cast should boost appeal to Hispanic families.
- Facebook activity has left much to be desired, topping out at less than 70,000 fans two days out from release.
- While the lack of family breakouts could be a positive, the close release proximity to the aforementioned films won't help either.
The Best of Me
- Nicholas Sparks adaptations tend to fair well overall thanks to his large fan base.
- Facebook and Flixster activity are solid, comparable to that of this year's Endless Love remake.
- Women who usually drive Sparks films may still be wrapped up in Gone Girl, judging by the film's holding power so far.
- Unfortunately, neither James Marsden nor Michelle Monaghan bring attention-grabbing headline names to the table.
Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, Oct. 19|
|Fury (2014)||Oct 17, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|Gone Girl||Oct 3, 2014||Fox
|The Book of Life (2014)||Oct 17, 2014||Fox
|Dracula Untold||Oct 10, 2014||Universal
|Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day||Oct 10, 2014||Disney
|The Best of Me||Oct 17, 2014||Relativity Media
|The Judge||Oct 10, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Annabelle||Oct 3, 2014||Warner Bros. / New Line
|The Equalizer||Sep 26, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|The Maze Runner||Sep 19, 2014||Fox
|The Boxtrolls||Sep 26, 2014||Focus
|Addicted||Oct 10, 2014||Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.