“Dracula Untold” isn’t particularly scary, didn’t bowl over anybody reviewing it. But as an origin epic, it’s not bad. Luke Evans is a passable lead, Dominic Cooper a passable villain and as the ancient vampire passing on the tradition, Charles Dance is everything you’d want in a neck-biter — one of the great characterizations in the genre.
Disney did well with its “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” (Did I get that right?), a kids film in the “Wimpy Kid” mold. Casting Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, Megan Mullaly and Burn Gorman in the adult roles pays off, as adult word of mouth helped goose it to @$19 million.
“Gone Girl” is top film again this weekend.
“The Judge” is opening at $13 million, which considering the talent they paid for and a script pieced together to appeal to a broad age range, is a failure.
Two more limited releases — Lionsgate’s no budget drama “Addicted” and the LDS Church backed “Meet the Mormons” cracked the top ten. The “Mormons” producers say they’re donating their box office profits to the American Red Cross. Which is more than you can say for anybody else in the top ten.