US Box Office: Gone Girl Still Holding Strong at No. 1

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Gone Girl retained its Number 1 position at the US box office over the weekend, bringing in $26.8 million in its second week. The movie stars Ben Affleck as a man who suddenly becomes a murder suspect when his wife, played by Rosamund Pike, goes missing.

Based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl generated a lot of buzz before it even hit theaters earlier this fall. The novel’s dark undertones paired with David Fincher’s directing expertise and an all-star cast had many itching to see the suspenseful movie on the big screen. Gone Girl could become director David Fincher’s most successful movie to date. Its $78.3 million gross is closely approaching the $127.5 million domestic gross of 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Variety reports.

Audiences have clearly been coming out to see the film since its debut, and critics seem to like it as well. Gone Girl currently has an 87 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a Critics Consensus that reads: “Dark, intelligent, and stylish to a fault, Gone Girl plays to director David Fincher’s sick strengths while brining the best out of stars like Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.”

Currently coming in second at the box office is the action-horror film Dracula Untold, a film that depicts the vampire as a flawed hero in a tragic love tale. The film brought in $23.5 million over the weekend. Dracula Untold was followed by Disney’s new release, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The film is based on a children’s book and stars Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. Alexander opened in third place at $19.1 million.

Annabelle, which is a low-budget horror prequel about a demonic doll which took second place the week prior, dropped all the way to fourth with $16.4 million in its second week in theaters.

The final film in the top five this week was the drama The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. The film pulled in just $13.3 million on opening despite Downey being one of the world’s highest-paid actors. Downey Jr. plays a lawyer who comes home for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his father is suspected of murder.

Have you been to the movies lately? What did you see?

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