Cartoons at the box office: Real “Gone Girl” wins first place, “Boxtrolls” box in fourth

The BoxtrollsThe top film this weekend at the box office was “Gone Girl,” pulling in $38 million. Last week’s champ “The Equalizer” fell to third place (behind newcomer horror film “Annabelle”).

More on topic for “cartoons (and other geeky items) at the box office,” “The Boxtrolls” dropped to fourth place, earning $12.4 million (-28.1% from last weekend). Its totals to date stand at $32.5 million domestic, $26 million overseas, and $58.5 million globally total. While that might sound a bit low, “The Boxtrolls” is still a success per Forbes, who notes the film’s makers just signed a new three-picture deal with their distributor.

Elsewhere, “The Maze Runner” came in fifth place, earning $12 million (-31.2%). Its totals stand at $73.9 million domestic, $118.5 million overseas, and $192.4 million globally. Not bad for a film with a $34 million budget.

“Dolphin Tale 2” dropped to eighth place, earning $3.5 million (-26.3%). It’s currently earned $38 million domestically and $3 million overseas, for a total of $41 million.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” came in ninth place, earning $3 million. The film’s totals stand at $323.4 million domestic, $330.4 million overseas, and $653.8 million globally.

Finally, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has finally dropped out of the top 10, with totals of $188.3 million domestic, $160.8 million overseas, and $349.1 million globally. Again, the general public (or devoted TMNT fans) obviously like Michael Bay’s films, and thus why he keeps getting to make them, regardless of his films being hated by virtually every critic on- and off-line. I also notice religious film “Left Behind” lived up to its name, opening in sixth place to $6.8 million, even with Nicholas Cage starring.

Next weekend sees opening drama “The Judge,” horror film “Dracula Untold,” and the Disney family film “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” which I’ll likely be calling “Alexander” for short.

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