Universal reports that Dracula Untold won the Friday box office with an estimated $8.9 million. The first edition of their planned cinematic universe revolving around classic monsters and villains had been selling well in advance of release, blowing past many early expectations for the flick. By comparison, Dracula Untold's opening day alone amounted to more than I, Frankenstein's opening weekend ($8.6 million) earlier this year, as well as topping Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' $6 million first day. Early word of mouth is fair enough at 62 percent on Flixster, while critics unfortunately haven't taken to the pic (26 percent Rotten Tomatoes). BoxOffice projects a strong $24.9 million opening frame.
Fox reports that Gone Girl nabbed another estimated $8.15 million on Friday, off just 38 percent from opening day one week prior. The David Fincher-Ben Affleck thriller has earned $59.6 million through eight days of release. BoxOffice projects a $26 million sophomore frame in first place.
WB/New Line's Annabelle slid 66 percent from last Friday to $5.24 million yesterday, bringing its eight-day total up to $51 million. BoxOffice projects the film will take in $15 million for its second weekend.
Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day brought in an estimated $5.23 million on opening day yesterday. The Steve Carell-led adaptation bested the opening days of Muppets Most Wanted ($4.7 million) and Blended ($4.4 million). Family fare has been somewhat lacking in the post-summer market, giving Alexander a great opportunity to capitalize. The early Flixster score is a respectable 75 percent, while critics have given it a fresh rating at 64 percent. BoxOffice projects an $18 million opening weekend.
The Judge posted $4.42 million on opening day, topping This Is Where I Leave You's recent $3.9 million first day bow, as well as The Ides of March's $3.4 million Friday three Octobers ago. The film's CinemaScore was an encouraging "A-", and with a 75 percent Flixster score, legs could still be in the film's future thanks to strong adult appeal and Robert Downey, Jr.'s increased star power in recent years. BoxOffice projects $13.2 million for opening weekend.
Meanwhile, Addicted took in $3.0 million on Friday from 846 locations. The pic's Flixster audience score stands at 73 percent this morning, while critics have given it a 20 percent score. BoxOffice projects $7.5 million this weekend.
Opening in platform release this weekend, The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent bagged $30,920 from 4 locations on Friday for a $7,730 per-theater average. BoxOffice projects a weekend close to $100,000.