'Gone Girl' tops box office for second weekend
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."
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.