Though that terrifying doll from The Conjuring took first place on Friday with an estimated $15.5 million, it’s likely that David Fincher’s well-regarded adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller will inch ahead when the weekend totals are tallied. Poorly reviewed horror movies do not age well, even across a single weekend. Interestingly, audiences gave both Annabelle and Gone Girl a B CinemaScore, suggesting that neither lived up to their expectations.
Gone Girl was produced by Fox and New Regency for an estimated $61 million and looks to be on track for a $35-$38 million weekend at this point. That would be a career high for Fincher, whose biggest opening to date is Panic Room, which earned $30.1 million in 2002. And even if Annabelle‘s momentum slows by Sunday, it’s served its purpose. The horror pic has already earned back its modest $6.5 million production budget for New Line and Warner Bros.
Here’s the top five:
1. Annabelle — $15.5 million
2. Gone Girl — $13.2 million
3. The Equalizer — $5.6 million ($51.5 million domestic total)
4. The Maze Runner — $3.4 million ($65.4 million domestic total)
5. The Boxtrolls — $2.7 million ($22.9 million domestic total)
The Nicolas Cage rapture pic Left Behind, meanwhile, failed to inspire a significant initial turnout and took in an estimated $2.4 million, Friday. Audiences were not too pleased either and gave the film, which cost $16 million to make, an unpromising B- CinemaScore. Finally, Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s lost boys of Sudan tale The Good Lie earned an estimated $300K from 461 locations. The Reese Witherspoon-led movie looks like it will miss the $2 million goal.
Check back in tomorrow for final weekend estimates.