The weekend warriors of October 3, 2014 includes Gone Girl, Annabelle, The Good Lie, and Left Behind. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars, Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious.
Last weekend, The Equalizer dominated over The Boxtrolls and the other contenders to reign supreme. Although the box office has been on an upswing in revenue, the weekend grosses have been considerably ow compared to years past. By about more or less 50% in fact. But with a highly praised horror prologue turned film and a widely polarizing yet celebrated novel, the cinemas will be flooded this weekend with excited moviegoers. You’re gone.. You’re gone.. Baby you’re gone. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Gone Girl (David Fincher) Rated R [149 min] – With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 86% • Audience – 93%
What I’m Saying:
Another solid David Fincher film. Gone Girl doesn’t have the stylization or sheen like Fight Club or The Social Network, but it has that calculating Fincher direction that makes it incapable of giving your attention to anything else. I have not read the book, so for a lot of the movie I found myself being caught up in the mystery and eating up all the lovely twists and turns. Affleck puts in an admirable performance, but it is Rosamund Pike, who book readers will be keeping a close eye on, who truly stands out. Gone Girl will go down as one of the few movie adaptations book readers and non-book readers alike will really enjoy. SEE IT!
Annabelle (John R. Leonetti) Rated R [98 min] – John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle. Starring Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin, and Tony Amendola
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 27% • Audience – 63%
What I’m Saying:
Taking a short concept and stretching it out to a full-length film is no easy task. Annabelle was a great idea to introduce us to Ed and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring, but there just isn’t enough here to warrant a feature film. In just a year’s time, Annabelle got churned out from the low budget horror assembly machine. The filmmakers put in a little more work in developing a more fleshed out story than just a stock demonic family terror. The prologue to The Conjuring was a ton of fun, but this is neither fun nor scary. At least the cast puts out a decent effort. RENT IT!
The Good Lie (Philippe Falardeau) Rated PG-13 [110 min]– A Sudanese refugee is taken in by a straight-talking American woman in their new home in the United States. Starring Corey Stoll, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Baker, and Thad Luckinbill
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 83% • Audience – 74%
What I’m Saying:
Marketed to be the next The Blindside or Erin Brockovich, audiences are going to be quite surprised when they find out that the film is not focused on Reese Witherspoon’s efforts to be the great white savior. Instead, The Good Lie puts most of its time on telling the fascinating and remarkable story about The Lost Boys of Sudan. This highly moving tale is very eye-opening and sad, yet a feel good film that will leave you touched by its message of family and perseverance. SEE IT!
Left Behind (Vic Armstrong) Rated PG-13 [110 min] – A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction. Starring Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson, and Chad Michael Murray
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 3% • Audience – 70%
What They’re Saying:
“Left Behind seriously could have used some divine intervention.” – Brian Truitt (USA Today)
“It should have more smoldering panic bursting into full-blown freak-outs. It should have more passion, more intensity. It should have more bees.” – Christy Lemire (RogerEbert.com)
What I’m Saying:
You should watch The Leftovers instead. This movie looks terrible. Expect a positive review from Armond White. SKIP IT!
Although The Conjuring was widely praised and highly frightening, I feel Annabelle is too generic to receive such praise. The poor reviews are going to repel audiences. Gone Girl has been so widely talked about by book lovers over the past two years that it is bound to put a lot of butts in seats. The Good Lie only has a small limited release, and let’s face it, no one is going to see Left Behind. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: Gone Girl
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