UPDATE 1-'Gone Girl' retains hold at top of U.S. and Canada box office

Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:22pm EDT
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By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Oct 12 (Reuters) - Ben Affleck's movie thriller "Gone Girl" dominated U.S. and Canadian movie charts for a second consecutive weekend, collecting $26.8 million in ticket sales to beat back challenges from four new films that fought for moviegoer dollars.

New action movie "Dracula Untold" finished second with $23.5 million while Walt Disney Co family comedy "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" was third, earning $19.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.

Horror flick "Annabelle," last weekend's runner-up, landed in the No. 4 slot with $16.4 million.

Courtroom drama "The Judge," from Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros, debuted in fifth place for the weekend, pulling in $13.3 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in the story of a father and son trying to reconnect.

"Gone Girl" stars Affleck as a writer who becomes the prime suspect when his wife, played by Rosamund Pike, goes missing. The movie is based on a best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn.

The R-rated film generated buzz after last weekend's strong $37.5 million debut and praise from critics. The movie's total sales climbed to $78.3 million through Sunday, distributor 20th Century Fox said.

In "Dracula Untold," Luke Evans plays the man who eventually transforms into the famous creature of the night.   Continued...