Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Holding Strong with Estimated $24 Million Weekend

Fox’s second weekend of murder mystery “Gone Girl” is showing powerful legs at the U.S. box office, with early estimates portending a $24 million frame at 3,284 locations.

“Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a deeply dysfunctional couple, appeared to be luring adult moviegoers at the expense of Warner Bros.’ courtroom drama “The Judge.”

Despite the star power of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, “The Judge” was heading for a fifth-place finish at about $15 million at 3,003 sites — showing that the fanbase of “Iron Man” moviegoers does not automatically translate to equivalent business when Downey is out of superhero costume.

“Gone Girl” should finish the weekend with a 10-day total near $75 million. The weekend would represent a decline of 37%, signalling that the film will continue to be a solid performer for several more weeks.

Reviewers have swooned for “Gone Girl,” which has an 87% fresh rating on the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator site, while notices for “The Judge” have been mixed at 48%.

Disney’s first day of family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” showed decent traction with a projected $6 million Friday, which should equate to a second-place opening weekend just above $20 million at 3,088 theaters.

Universal’s launch of “Dracula Untold” looked likely to lead on Friday with $8 million, including $1.3 million from latenight Thursday shows, for a $20 million opening weekend at 2,887 sites.

As with “The Judge” losing potential customers to “Gone Girl,” “Dracula Untold” may have seen some of its box office coin siphoned away by New Line’s “Annabelle. ” New Line’s sophomore session of the horror-thriller took in $5 million on Friday as it headed for a weekend in the $15 million to $16 million range — a 58% decline following its stunning $37 million launch.

“Annabelle,” which had a $6.5 million production price tag, is already one of 2014’s most profitable films with over $61 million banked domestically by the end of the weekend.

Liosngate’s launch of adult-themed drama “Addicted” opened respectably in a mid-size release with $3 million at 846 sites, putting it on track for am $8 million weekend.

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