'Gone Girl' Narrowly Beats 'AnnaBelle' at the Box Office
By Rosalyn Oshmyansky
20th Century Fox
Gone Girl is getting a lot of buzz, and the hype is working.
In its opening weekend, the film starring Ben Affleck generated an impressive $38 million. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, the psychological thriller is about a man whose wife goes missing on their fifth anniversary, and he is turned into a possible murder suspect. There's a lot of talk about a full frontal Affleck scene, and the reviews on director David Fincher's thriller are mixed.
Thirty eight million was the number to beat this weekend, and AnnaBelle narrowly missed that amount. With $37.2 million, the Conjuring spinoff is scaring audiences with an evil doll. The story is about a couple experiencing terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
Coming in at third is last week’s big movie, The Equalizer with Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace Moretz, made a strong September debut at $35 million. Now, it's down to $19 million, but that still makes a domestic total of $64 million in just two weeks. The film is about a former government agent named Robert McCall who tries to live a simple life in retirement until he meets a young prostitute who seeks his help when she gets in trouble with the Russian mob.
At fourth place this weekend, The Boxtrolls is a family friendly delight, and it made $12.4 million in its second weekend. Based on the children's novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, this animated film is about an orphaned boy who is raised by cave-dwelling trash collectors, and he must try to save his friends from an exterminator. In two weeks, it generated half the amount of its $60 million budget in ticket sales.
Making the top five once again is The Maze Runner at $12 million. With just about $74 million in domestic sales, this sci-fi thriller is a film based on its novel that traps the audience in a maze with Thomas, a boy who has no memories of his life or the world.