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Gone Girl tops US box office with David Fincher's best ever opening

Gone Girl

Story by Jack Foley

GONE Girl has topped the US box office with a career-best opening for its director, David Fincher.

The film, based on Gillian Flynn’s popular novel and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, took an estimated $38 million.

Coming in a close second, however, was horror movie Annabelle, a prequel to box office hit The Conjuring, which took $37.2 million – much better than anticipated. It marks a major success financially given that the micro-budget horror only cost $6.5 million to make, as opposed to Gone Girl‘s $61 million.

That said, Gone Girl did also over-perform, having been tracking at an opening figure in the $20 million range.

The weekend’s other big new release, Nicolas Cage’s faith-based thriller Left Behind, placed sixth with $6.9 million, while two more high profile but lower budget releases, Reese Witherspoon’s Sudanese refugee drama The Good Lie and Jason Retiman’s Men, Women & Children, struggled and failed to crack the top 10 despite strong casts (the latter boasts Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort and Jennifer Garner among its ensemble).

The remainder of the US top five, meanwhile, was comprised of Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer, which slipped to third but continued to post strong figures of $18 million – the thriller has now taken $64.5 million in two weeks.

The Boxtrolls and The Maze Runner occupied fourth and fifth spots with $12.4 million and $12 million respectively.

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