LOS ANGELES (AFP) – “Gone Girl” surfaced at the top of the North American box office in its debut weekend in theatres, earning $38 million, according to industry estimates Sunday.
The mystery-drama starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Gillian Flynn about a husband who becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife.
Debuting close behind in second place, with $37.2 million, was horror flick “Annabelle” about a supernatural doll.
Meanwhile action-thriller “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington dropped from first into third place with $19 million.
And “The Boxtrolls”, an animated film about an orphaned boy raised underground by friendly monsters, slid to fourth place with $12.4 million.
In fifth was “The Maze Runner”, based on James Dashner’s best-selling 2007 young-adult dystopian novel of the same name, taking in $12 million.
“Left Behind”, starring Nicolas Cage, debuted in sixth place with $6.9 million, and was adapted from the book series of the same name.
The story, loosely based on the Bible’s interpretation of end times, centers on a group of people who survive after most of the world’s population is wiped out.
Comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You” earned $4 million in ticket sales, coming in seventh place.
In eighth place was “Dolphin Tale 2”, a family-friendly sequel starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, which earned $3.5 million.
The summer season’s most successful blockbuster, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, slid to ninth place, adding another $3 million to its 10-week haul, which now stands at $323 million.
Rounding out the top ten was thriller “No Good Deed”, about a devoted wife and mother who helps out a charming but dangerous escaped convict played by Idris Elba, with $2.5 million.