Audiences were more interested in seeing Gone Girl this weekend than catching a leading man in one of three new wide releases. The David Fincher mystery adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel placed first with $26.8 million and dipped only 29% from its opening week. The film has now grossed $78.3 million domestically and $140.4 million worldwide.
Internationally, Gone Girl held strong earning $27 million across 52 markets including $5 million in the UK, $3.8 million in Australia and $2.1 million in Germany.
Dracula Untold was this week’s top new release with an estimated $23.5 million. The Universal action horror film placed second overall and exceeded pre-release expectation. The stronger than expected opening follows last week’s strong opening for Annabelle, indicating movie-goers are in the mood for horror movies right now. Universal will look to continue to reap the benefits of the trend with Ouija on October 24. Dracula Untold received a strong A- rating on Cinemascore.
International totals for Dracula Untold were also strong with the film grossing $33.9 million from 42 territories. The film banked $9.6 million in Russia making it the biggest 2D opener of the year there. The film topped the Mexican box office for a second week in a row with $3.4 million and South Korea added a strong $4.4 million debut for a second place finish.
Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day finished third with $19.1 million. The film starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner also earned a strong A- rating on Cinemascore. The audience for the film skewed female (54%) and toward moviegoers 25 and under (57%). Families made up 67% of the audience.
Annabelle dipped 56% to finish at fourth with $16.4 million in its second week in release.
The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall opened at fifth with $13.3 million. The film opened lower than expected despite its star power. Lackluster critical reviews can be pointed to as part of the reason for the slow start, although the film also received a strong A- rating on Cinemascore suggesting that moviegoers who saw the film liked it. The audience skewed female (55%) and heavily toward moviegoers over the age of 25 (85%).
Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer continued its descent down the top ten list falling 48% week-over-week and finishing sixth with $9.725 million. The film has grossed $80 million domestically and $137 million worldwide.
Lionsgate’s low-budget thriller Addicted finished seventh with $7.6 million, a pretty encouraging total considering the film opened in only 846 locations. Lionsgate plans to expand the film next week.
Rounding out the top ten were holdovers from previous weeks. The Maze Runner added $7.5 million to its domestic total to finish eighth while The Boxtrolls banked $6.7 million. In tenth was Left Behind with $2.8 million.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy finally dipped out of the top ten with $1.87 million domestically, but opened in China over the weekend and scored a huge $26.6 million debut. The total is the third best debut for a Disney movie behind Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2.