1. Gone Girl – $26.8 million [2nd week; $78.3 million] – David Fincher’s murder mystery staved off three big new releases to retain its box office title, the last film to repeat since “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Its strong retention, audience buzz and critical acclaim indicates that “Girl” is going to be a serious contender come award season.
2. Dracula Untold – $23.5 million [debut week] – Universal is planning an Avengers-style franchise with its classic monsters and this Dracula reboot kicked things off strongly. It’s not a Marvel-sized franchise starter, but “Dracula” pulled in enough of an audience to show this could be viable option for Universal, especially considering its reasonable $70 million budget. The film earned an “A-” CinemaScore so we’ll see how word-of-mouth plays out next week.
3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – $19.1 million [debut week] While it didn’t win the box office, Disney’s latest family film certainly won longest title of the weekend. With the film’s $28 million budget, this will definitely make a nice profit.
4. Annabelle – $16.3 million [2nd week; $62.1 ] The horror film held up and reached $100 million worldwide. At a measly cost of $6.7 million, this is one of the year’s biggest hits.
5. The Judge – $13.3 million [debut week] Audiences love Robert Downey Jr. They love Iron Man, but The Judge? Well…not so much. “The Judge” marks Downey’s lowest grossing film since 2009’s “The Soloist,” a movie he worked on before his stock drastically rose with the May 2008 release of “Iron Man.” Still, given Downey’s profile, this is a bit disappointing.