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'Gone Girl' tops box office for second weekend

Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
"Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?" is the question on everyone's mind in 'Gone Girl'.

Four new films couldn't catch Gone Girl at theatres this weekend.

The Fox thriller, starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing, is poised to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Also starring Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, who adapted her book for the screen.

"There's a mystery that's surrounding this movie," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "To have an adult drama like this hold up so well for two weekends in a row is really unusual."

Second place

Universal's Dracula Untold, opened in second place with $23.4 million. The Disney family romp Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day debuted in third with $19.1 million.

Two Warner Bros., films round out the top five. The horror Annabelle claimed fourth place in its second week of release with $16.3 million, followed by the Robert Downey Jr, and Robert Duvall drama, The Judge, which debuted with $13.3 million.

Lionsgate's erotic thriller Addicted opened in seventh place with $7.6 million.

The diversity of choices at theatres is making for robust post-summer ticket sales, Dergarabedian said: "We're making up a lot of ground after a summer season that was down 15 per cent."

Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at United States, and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak:

1. Gone Girl, $26.8 million ($27 million international).

2. Dracula Untold, $23.4 million ($33.9 million international).

3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, $19.1 million ($2.8 million international).

4. Annabelle, $16.3 million ($27 million international).

5. The Judge, $13.3 million ($1.6 million international).

6. The Equalizer, $9.7 million ($11.5 million international).

7. Addicted, $7.6 million.

8. The Maze Runner, $7.5 million ($13.7 million international).

9. The Boxtrolls, $6.6 million ($3.6 million international).

10. Meet the Mormons, $2.9 million.