The Prince of Darkness made a play for the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the Dark Knight beat him out in the end.
In at number 1 for the second weekend in a row is Gone Girl with $26.8 million. The David Fincher directed adaptation has done really well for itself with $78 million so far and we wouldn’t be surprised if Gone Girl hung around in the top 3 for a while.
Coming in at number 2 is Dracula Untold (read our review) with $23.4 million. At several points during the weekend, it looked like Dracula might sneak out a #1 debut, but it lost a lot of momentum. The film’s opening is also well under some other notable vampire debuts, like the 2004 Hugh Jackman vehicle Van Helsing ($51M).
So while Universal might be exploring the idea of a shared movie monster universe, this is hardly a good start for the concept. However, the movie has made $86 million worldwide, so perhaps international audiences could help Dracula Untold turn a profit.
The number 3 film this weekend is Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (read our review) with $19.1 million. This kids-focused film did okay business, but didn’t exactly blow the box office away either. It’s been a while since a family film has taken audiences by storm so it’s only a matter of time. Unfortunately, Alexander will not be that film.
Annabelle is the number 4 film with $16.3 million. As expected, the horror film saw a pretty steep drop from last weekend, but $62 million so far (on a $6.5M budget) is plenty to be happy about. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Annabelle bounce back even, depending on how Ouija fares in a few weeks.
Rounding out the top 5 is The Judge (read our review) with $13.3 million. While it’s a far cry from The Avengers-type numbers Robert Downey Jr. is used to seeing, the actor’s latest drama did decent business. It should also hold better than most thanks to a decidedly older target audience.
In at number 6 is The Equalizer with $9.7 million. Denzel Washington’s latest gritty action flick keeps on trucking and is now up to a cool $79 million.
The number 7 film is Addicted with $7.6 million. Lionsgate and sub label Code Black did a great job of target marketing this low-budget film and were treated to a solid debut as a result.
Coming in at number 8 is The Maze Runner with $7.5 million. The YA adaptation is up to $83 million after four weeks.
The Boxtrolls comes in at number 9 with $6.6 million. The stop motion animated film is inching closer to its $41 million production budget, but with Book of Life right around the corner, it faces stiff competition.
Rounding out the top 10 is Left Behind with $2.9 million. Now at $10 million, this second adaptation of the Christian-targeted book did better than the first’s $2 million domestic total, but not by much.
Outside the top 10: indie flicks Kill the Messenger ($939K), Whiplash ($144K), and St. Vincent ($121K) debuted to solid numbers and per screen averages while in limited release.
[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, October 13th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]