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October 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It was the biggest October weekend ever at the box office, as David Fincher’s Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, opened with an estimated $38 million, while the horror flick Annabelle, a spinoff of The Conjuring, was hot on its heels with $37.2 million. The estimated figures were so close that the two top positions could be reversed when final figures are released on Monday. Sunday’s weekend estimates are based on actual receipts for Friday and Saturday and an “educated guess” for Sunday. That guess could be tricky, especially given the lukewarm B CinemaScore grade that moviegoers gave Gone Girl on Friday and that the film attracted a hard-to-track older audience (75 percent were older than 25). While neither film came close to surpassing the No. 1 film at the box office a year ago, Warner Bros.’ Gravity, together the 12 top films at the box office this weekend earned about $142 million, 23 percent above the same weekend last year. Coming in third was last weekend’s top film, The Equalizer, which dropped a moderate 44 percent to around $19 million. That brought its total gross to $64.5 million and put the Denzel Washington starrer on track to earn more than $100 million domestically by the end of its run. In fourth place, the animated The Boxtrolls slipped a mild 28 percent for a second week total of around $12.4 million, while The Blaze Runner rounded out the top five with $12 million. (The faith-based film Left Behind, starring Nicolas Cage, opened in sixth place with $6.9 million, suggesting that religious-themed movies that had started out the year strongly, have now seen their best days.)