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Gone Girl (2014)

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Ben Affleck, Patrick Fugit, David Clennon, Lisa Banes, and Kim Dickens in Gone Girl

Details Release Date: Oct 03, 2014; Rated: R; Genre: Thriller; With: Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Gillian Flynn's blockbuster novel, burst into the public consciousness in 2012, polarizing readers with its bleak view of modern love and America's criminal justice system, as well as its jaw-dropping third-act reveal. The film, directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network), presents the story as dueling narratives: a clammy crime procedural mixed with flashback scenes of a marriage going straight to hell. Fincher hired Flynn to write her first screenplay for his film, which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher). As preparation, the two discussed the Stanley Kubrick classics Lolita and A Clockwork Orange as touchstones for the mixture of substance and scabrousness they wanted to inject into the script. ''Those films are extremely dark but have weird, surprising moments of creepy humor to them,'' says Flynn, a former EW writer. ''Fincher and I talked about how much we like that kind of feeling where the audience is looking around, going, 'Am I supposed to laugh here?''' Fincher adds, ''I liken it to a National Lampoon record that was put out in the mid-'70s called That's Not Funny, That's Sick,'' Fincher says. ''That's the tone! You have to kind of be going, 'It isn't funny—but it is.'''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$24.5 1 $24.5 C
2.
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$16.5 1 $16.5 C+
3.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$8.0 7 $305.9 A-
4. $4.8 6 $181.0 C+
5. $4.3 5 $73.0 F
6.
The Drop
Fox Searchlight
$4.2 1 $4.2 B
7.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$4.0 4 $44.9 C-
8.
The November Man
Relativity
$2.7 3 $22.5 C
9.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$2.6 5 $41.3 C-
10.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$2.5 6 $49.4 B
* in millions

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