'Gone Girl' retains hold at top of U.S. and Canada box office
By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (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.
"Dracula," which the studio said performed even stronger than had been expected, opened overseas a week ago and has earned $86.1 million around the globe, according to distributor Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp. Continued...