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Gone Girl tops box office for second weekend

2014-10-13 07:31

Los Angeles — 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 $26.8m 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 $23.4m. The Disney family romp, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, debuted in third with $19.1m.

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

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

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

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