Gone Girl retained its No 1 position at the US box office over the weekend, with a haul of $26.8m (£16.6m) in its second week.
Starring Ben Affleck as a man who becomes a murder suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, David Fincher’s thriller dropped just 29% from its impressive opening haul of $38m. Benefiting from its status as the most talked-about movie of the autumn, it beat out competition from a total of five new movies.
In second place, with $23.5m on debut, was the dark fantasy Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans in the story of Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the horror icon. Disney family tale Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day landed in third on opening with $19.1m. Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Ed Oxenbould, the film is an adaptation of the popular 1972 children’s book by Judith Viorst.
Annabelle, the low-budget horror prequel about a demonic doll which just lost out to Gone Girl for the No1 spot last week, dropped to fourth this time around, with $16.4m in its second week. The top five was rounded out by Robert Downey Jr drama The Judge, which pulled in just $13.3m on opening despite the near ubiquity of the world’s highest-paid actor on US talk shows last week. Downey Jr plays a lawyer who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his father (Robert Duvall, the town’s judge) is suspected of murder.
The other new films to hit the top 10 this week were thriller Addicted, about a businesswoman who finds herself in danger after embarking on a series of affairs, and the religious-themed documentary Meet the Mormons. The former bowed in seventh place with $7.6m and the latter debuted in tenth with an opening haul of $3m.
US box office top 10 October 10-12
1) Gone Girl, $26.8m. $78.3m to date
2) Dracula Untold, $23.5m. New
3) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, $19.1m. New
4) Annabelle, $16.4m, $62.2m to date
5) The Judge, $13.3m. New
6) The Equalizer, $9.7m. $79.9m to date
7) Addicted, $7.6m. New
8) The Maze Runner, $7.5m. $83.8m to date
9) The Boxtrolls, $6.7m. $41m to date
10) Meet the Mormons, $3m. New