Well, not that this news is likely to be a surprise to anyone, but: "Gone Girl" has disappeared (in plain sight!) with all of our movie-going dollars this weekend, taking the top spot at the box office.
The impressive little thriller number from David Fincher and novelist Gillian Flynn did gangbusters with pretty much everyone over the age of 25 (in fact, the mid-twenties-and-beyond set made up 75% of the audience: not something a lot of films do anymore, to be frank) and brought in bountiful accolades for its stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, and Carrie Coon.
Perhaps more surprising, though, was second place — and namely how "Gone Girl" was not the landslide-y winner of the weekend. That's right, the number two film, horror film/"The Conjuring" prequel, "Annabelle" came in second, but just barely: it took home $37.2 million dollars compared to the $38 million of "Gone Girl." Turns out this world loves two things: Fincher thrillers and creepy dolls.
But it's also a big ol' celebration for Fincher, who can officially name the film his biggest-debut-getting film of all: easily beating out 2002's "Panic Room," which opened with $30 million. Overall, both of these films out-performed people's expectations, which is always a thing Hollywood executive-types like to hear. Basically, if you were an adult who enjoyed movies, you went to see some cinema this weekend. All kinds!
Rounding out the top five were three returners: "The Equalizer," "The Boxtrolls," and "The Maze Runner," with $19, $12.45, and $12 million respectively.
Another new debut this weekend saw the return of the Internet's favorite human male, Nicholas Cage, in his gooftacular "Left Behind," which only netted $6.85 million. Guess not everyone was down for a Cage match when you've got Ben Affleck's penis on the line. Better luck next time?
Here's the top ten overall:
1 Gone Girl $38,000,000
2 Annabelle $37,200,000
3 The Equalizer $19,000,000
4 The Boxtrolls $12,425,000
5 The Maze Runner $12,000,000
6 Left Behind $6,850,000
7 This is Where I Leave You $4,000,000
8 Dolphin Tale 2 $3,530,000
9 Guardians of the Galaxy $3,034,000
10 No Good Deed $2,500,000