Weekend box office: Gone Girl and Annabelle battle for the top spot

A film’s performance at the weekend box office isn’t usually a major factor in said film’s Oscar chances, but let’s just say a movie with an A-list actor, an A-list director and huge publicity that didn’t open well would probably not find any success come Oscar time.  Thankfully for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL (click the link to read our review), it opened with a nice $38 million, meaning GONE GIRL’s Oscar chances are alive and well.  To many, GONE GIRL exceeded expectations and since it has mostly positive reviews and strong word of mouth, it could end up doing pretty well.  But after it’s all said and done, it might not be the number one movie of the weekend as the horror film ANNABELLE is also flirting with $38 million.  The difference, of course, is that ANNABELLE is getting horrible reviews and bad word of mouth, so it should drop like a rock next weekend.

Next week should be an interesting weekend.  We have the release of Robert Downey Jr.’s THE JUDGE, which has received very harsh early reviews from critics.  We also have the family friendly ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE NO VERY BAD GOOD DAY, which might do well considering the lack of family movies in theaters right now.  Finally, we have DRACULA UNTOLD, which looks…okay?  I’m not sure what to make of DRACULA UNTOLD in this box office climate (I think it would do better in January), but it could be a surprise if it gets some good word of mouth.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Gone Girl $38m

2. Annabelle $37m

3. The Equalizer $18.4m

4. The Boxtrolls $12.5m

5. The Maze Runner $12m

6. Left Behind $7.5m

7. This is Where I Leave You $4m

8. Dolphin Tale 2 $3m

9. Guardians of the Galaxy $2.9m

10. No Good Deed $1m

(Deadline)

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