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Gone Girl dominates US box office for second weekend

Gone Girl

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Fincher’s Gone Girl adaptation has dominated the US box office for a second weekend, earning $26.8 million.

The thriller, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, comfortably held off the challenge from this week’s main new release, the origins tale Dracula Untold, which came in second place with $23.5 million.

That film, starring Luke Evans, chronicles the transformation of Vlad the Impaler into the world’s most notorious vampire and marks the directorial debut of Gary Shore.

Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a family comedy starring Steve Carell, placed third with an estimated $19.1 million.

Based on Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s book, the film follows a family as they suffer through a horrible day.

In fifth place, meanwhile, came Robert Downey Jr’s return to serious ‘acting’ roles, The Judge, which opened to a lukewarm $13.3 million despite its $50 million production costs and starry ensemble cast (including Vera Farmiga and Robert Duvall).

The courtroom drama, directed by David Dobkin, also failed to beat horror holdover Annabelle, which came fourth with a healthy $16.4 million in its second weekend. The micro-budget movie, a prequel to The Conjuring featuring a demonic doll, is already a massive success, having earnt $62.2 million in the US alone.

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