World War II drama ‘Fury’ won the battle at theaters and knocked ‘Gone Girl’ from its two-weekend stint atop the domestic box office, according to industry figures released by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday. Behind mostly positive reviews, ‘Fury,’ starring Brad Pitt, grossed $23.7 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday.
Mystery thriller ‘Gone Girl,’ starring Ben Affleck and based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, slipped one notch to No. 2 in its third weekend, earning $17.5 million for a total of $106.7 million since opening Oct. 3. ‘Gone Girl’ is the 23rd film of 2014 to cross the $100 million mark. Last year, 35 movies grossed more than $100 million.
Animated adventure comedy ‘The Book of Life’ opened at No. 3 with $17 million. Family comedy ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ dropped one spot to No. 4 in its second weekend, earning $11.4 million for a total of $36.2 million since opening Oct. 10. Romantic drama ‘The Best of Me’ debuted at No. 5 with $10 million.
FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES
‘23 Blast’ is an inspirational sports drama about a high school football star whose life changes when he’s suddenly stricken with irreversible blindness. Based on the true story of Travis Freeman, ’23 Blast’ is rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
‘John Wick,’ starring Keanu Reeves, is an R-rated action thriller receiving excellent early reviews for its stylized noir tone. The film is about a former hit man who emerges from retirement to enact vengeance on the thugs that took everything from him, including his dog. Watch the official trailer here.
‘Ouija’ is a horror film about a group of friends forced to face their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Watch the official trailer here.
‘St. Vincent,’ starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, is a comedy about a young boy of recently divorced parents who finds an unlikely friend in a grumpy war veteran living next door. A solid 74 percent of reviews are positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘offers the considerable pleasure of seeing Bill Murray back in funny form, but drifts into dangerously sentimental territory along the way.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES
‘Earth to Echo’ is a family sci-fi adventure about a group of kids that help an alien return to its home in space. Only 48 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘doesn’t do itself any favors by beggaring comparison to E.T., but for younger viewers, it should prove a reasonably entertaining diversion.’ Rated PG, ‘Earth to Echo’ is filmed in the found footage format. Watch the official trailer here.
‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is the sequel to last year’s surprising horror hit ‘The Purge.’ In ‘Anarchy,’ a young couple tries to survive on the streets after their car breaks down just as the annual Purge commences. A middling 57 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘represents a slight improvement over its predecessor, but it’s still never as smart or resonant as it tries to be.’ Rated R. Watch the official trailer here.
‘Sex Tape,’ starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, is an R-rated comedy about a married couple that goes on a frantic mission to destroy evidence of their sex tape after inadvertently making the video accessible on their friends’ iPads. Only 18 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film has ‘neither the conviction to embrace its smutty premise nor enough laughs to function as a worthwhile rom-com.’ Watch the official trailer here.