As most people predicted, “Gone Girl” beat out “Annabelle” for the top spot at the box office this weekend . But what nobody saw coming, was how close the race would be.
Playing at 3,014 theaters, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s immensely popular novel took first place with a solid $38 million. Although that’s about half of what I thought the film would earn. Then again, after seeing the movie, I can see why it only earned $38 million.
Gone Girl’s debut is the biggest opening ever for director David Fincher ahead of 2002’s “Panic Room.” Even more impressive, this also Ben Affleck’s highest debut since of all things, “Daredevil” in early 2003. Us comic fans hate that movie so much, we tend to forget it made some money.
Anyways, the audience for “Gone Girl” skewed older (75 percent 25 and up) and female (60 percent). I can vouch for this stat. I think I was the youngest person in the theatre on Firday afternoon. The movie received a lukewarm “B” CinemaScore, which could mean word-of-mouth will be mixed.
In a very close second place, horror flick “Annabelle” scored an impressive $37.2 million from 3,185 locations. “Annabelle” may owe much its success to its connection to “The Conjuring,” which is one of the most popular horror movies in recent years. Annabelle’s audience was 51 percent female, and skewed younger (54 percent under the age of 25).
Its “B” CinemaScore is decent for a horror movie, although critics didn’t seem to care for the movie. As of Monday morning, the movie still has 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But at the end of the day, all that matters is that audiences like the movie.
Playing at 1,825 theaters, the “Left Behind” remake opened in sixth place with an estimated $6.85 million. While that’s not the opening Nic Cage’s career needed, it’s a lot better than expected. Look on the bright side Nicolas: You still have a better comic book collection than me.
Your top five motion pictures this weekend:
1. Gone Girl — $38 million
2. Annabelle — $37.2 million
3. The Equalizer — $19 million ($64.5 million domestic total)
4. The Boxtrolls — $12.4 million ($32.5 million domestic total)
5. The Maze Runner — $12 million ($73.9 million domestic total)