It has been a great and glorious weekend for cinephiles. Not only has the excellent Gone Girl gone straight in at number one it has crushed the competition. The Fincher / Affleck / Pike collaboration managed a gross of £4.1m which far surpassed my expectations and is the best opening weekend for some time.
The film was joined towards the top of the charts by Dracula Untold, the so-so retelling of the classic horror tale that relied too much on CGI and not enough on plot and atmosphere. The Luke Evans fronted flick managed a respectable opening of £1.7m. The Equalizer managed an above average second week in the charts with a weekend gross of £1.2m, a relatively minor week-on-week fall of 36%. The Boxtrolls did even better in fourth with a mere 13% week-on-week fall after four weeks on release (£0.9m). Positive word of mouth is turning this into a family favourite.
I think it fair to say that Dolphin Tale 2 failed to perform as it opened in seventh place with just £0.56m. The film opened with little advanced buzz or marketing suggesting little confidence in the project. The Maze Runner opens this weekend so it will be interesting to see how this does – I expect it to be the best new entry but how well will Gone Girl do in its second week?