It was a close race for the top spot at the box office this weekend, but in the end Batman squeaked out a win.
In at number 1 is Gone Girl (read our review) with $38 million. The film had a ton going for it and that likely helped lead it to a first place opening. Director David Fincher, star Ben Affleck, and best-selling source material is hard to beat.
Gone Girl's debut is also one of the better openings for an October release, especially for an R-rated drama. In fact, this weekend was the best the month has ever seen, and Gone Girl was a large part of that.
The number 2 film this weekend is Annabelle (read our review) with $37.2 million. The horror genre has been struggling as of late, but Annabelle proves that it's hard to beat a scary movie during the month of October.
Obviously Annabelle's opening wasn't as good as The Conjuring's $41 million, but it's still a respectable debut. And with few horror offerings the rest of the month, Annabelle could make a nice chunk of change.
Denzel Washington's The Equalizer is number 3 with $19 million. The film held well considering the competition and is already up to $65 million. Look for this one to clear $100 million easily.
Coming in at number 4 is The Boxtrolls with $12.4 million. As we suspected, The Boxtrolls has been able to hold really well, dropping only 28% from last weekend. Even so, the stop motion animated film has only grossed $32 million, which isn't that great for a family focused feature.
Rounding out the top 5 is The Maze Runner with $12 million. The YA adaptation has done well, grossing $73 million over three weeks.
In at number 6 is Left Behind with $6.8 million. Another adaptation of the hugely popular religious-themed novel, Left Behind actually did okay business considering its limited release and lack of marketing. However, it's yet another extremely low opening for star Nicolas Cage, who has not fared well at the box office as of late.
This is Where I Leave You is the number 7 film this weekend with $4 million. The family dramedy is up to $29 million.
Coming in at number 8 is Dolphin Tale 2 with $3.5 million. The family-friendly film has just barely eclipsed its $36M budget with $37 million total.
The number 9 film is Guardians of the Galaxy with $3 million. Marvel's massive blockbuster is up to $323 million domestic and $653 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top 10 is No Good Deed with $2.5 million. The Idris Elba thriller has hit a cool $50 million after four weeks.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, September 29th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo