Box Office: Audiences Go For Thrills as ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Annabelle,’ Finish in Dead Heat

Audiences went searching for thrills in theaters this past weekend as David Fincher’s Gone Girl and The Conjuring prequel Annabelle finished neck-and-neck at the box office.

Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s popular novel starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike officially finished first with a $38 million opening. It was the biggest opening for Fincher since Panic Room and Affleck’s highest debut since Daredevil in 2003.

Star power certainly attributed to the success of Gone Girl, but perhaps the biggest draw were fans of Flynn’s novel who were eager to see how the tricky narrative would translate to the big screen. The audience skewed older with 75% aged 25 and up, 60% of who were female.

Internationally, Gone Girl opened to $24.6 million in 39 markets. The U.K. ($6.9 million) and Australia ($4.6 million) totals marked all-time highs for Fincher.

Coming in a very close second was Annabelle with $37.2 million, good enough for sixth all-time among supernatural horror movies. Though that total lags a bit behind The Conjuring, it’s success can be attributed to being a prequel to one of the most popular horror movies of the past decade.

Annabelle‘s audience was 51% female and skewed younger with 54% under the age of 25. The film also opened in 23 markets internationally and earned $20 million and did particularly well in South Korea ($3 million).

In third place was The Equalizer which fell  44% from its opening weekend and added $19 million to its now $64.5 million domestic total. The Boxtrolls dipped down 28% with $12.4 million and now has $32.5 million domestically.

Rounding out the top five was The Maze Runner with $12 million. After three weekends, the YA adaptation has earned $73.5 million and will likely close above $100 million domestically. The film has earned $118 million internationally to bring its worldwide total to $191.5 million.

The Left Behind remake claimed sixth place following a mini-wide release in 1,825 theaters. The film made $6.85 million. The faith-based remake starring Nicolas Cage received a B- Cinemascore rating.

Four holdover movies filled the final slots of the top ten. This Is Where I Leave You added $4 million to its $29 million total for seventh place while Dolphin Tale 2 claimed another $3.53 million to raise its total to $37.9 million. Ninth place went to Guardians of the Galaxy which added $3 million to its $323.4 million domestic haul. Closing out the top ten was No Good Deed which added another $2.5 million to bring its total to $50.2 million. Liam Neeson’s A Walk Among the Tombstones dipped down to eleventh with 2 million and raised its total to $24.5 million.

Bang Bang, the Bollywood remake of Knight & Day opened to $24.1 million, though most of that came from India which tallied a $19.3 million total.

Ahead of its U.S. debut, Dracula Untold earned $21 million in 25 markets. The film has a strong opening in Mexico with $5 million and did well in the U.K. ($2.7 million) and Germany ($2.4 million). Along with the U.S., the film also expands to South Korea and Russia this weekend.


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