Box Office Report
This week's US box office saw two new entries battle it out for top spot, with as little as $378,000 sitting between the two of them.
Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and directed by David Fincher, claimed top spot after a weekend haul of $37.5 million. The film is based upon the popular book of the same name. Gone Girl's success can be put down the star power of Ben Affleck, who is surely riding a career high in popularity, while David Fincher's record speaks for itself and the fact that Gillian Flynn's novel has been one of the most popular books of the past few years.
Annabelle, the other new entry in the top five, opened up to an impressive $37.1 million, proving that creepy dolls are still a draw at the box office. Annabelle is a spin-off to the immensely popular The Conjuring. The film no doubt benefited from it's connection to one of last years best horror films, and could end up earning around $80 million domestically.
The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, fell two places to third after earning a further $18.7 million. The loose reboot of the popular TV show has now earned $64.2 million domestically. With average to good reviews and Washington remaining popular, The Equalizer could well bow out at close to $100 million.
The Boxtrolls finished the weekend in fourth, falling one place from last week, while the animated feature fell just short of $12 million this weekend. The $11.9 million it took this past weekend has taken the films tally to just over $32 million and is still someway short of its $60 million budget.
The Maze Runner had the most significant drop this week, falling from second to fifth, after earning another $11.6 million. The film, based upon the young adult novel, has so far earned $73.5 million domestically, and has performed consistently well so far in its three weeks of release.
Source: Box Office Mojo