Weekend Forecast: 'Fury', 'The Book of Life', & 'The Best of Me'

Featured Stories - on October 15, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

oct17.pngThree films open in wide release this weekend--will any of them knock two-time champion Gone Girl out of first place?

Fury

PROS:

- 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. 

CONS:

- 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

PROS:

- 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. 

CONS:

- 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

PROS:

- 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.

CONS:

- 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
$27,000,000 $27,000,000
Gone Girl Oct 3, 2014 Fox
$19,000,000 $108,300,000
The Book of Life (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Fox
$16,000,000 $16,000,000
Dracula Untold Oct 10, 2014 Universal
$11,700,000 $42,600,000
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Oct 10, 2014 Disney
$11,500,000 $36,300,000
The Best of Me Oct 17, 2014 Relativity Media
$10,000,000 $10,000,000
The Judge Oct 10, 2014 Warner Bros.
$8,800,000 $27,700,000
Annabelle Oct 3, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$8,300,000 $74,400,000
The Equalizer Sep 26, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$5,500,000 $89,200,000
The Maze Runner Sep 19, 2014 Fox
$4,800,000 $91,100,000
The Boxtrolls Sep 26, 2014 Focus
$3,900,000 $47,300,000
Addicted Oct 10, 2014 Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
$3,700,000 $13,000,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report. 

Tags: predictions, Fury, The Book of Life, The Best of Me

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