By Daniel Garris
Fox's Gone Girl took in $2.27 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck has now led the daily box office for six straight days and for twelve of the past fourteen days. Gone Girl was down a slim 3 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 31 percent from last Thursday. The film claimed first place for the week with a weekly take of $37.79 million. That was down just 27 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very impressive $30.85 million.
Universal's Dracula Untold held steady in second place with $1.299 million. The action horror film starring Luke Evans decreased 8 percent from Wednesday's performance. Dracula Untold surpassed the $30 million mark on Thursday and exceeded expectations this week with a seven-day start of $30.85 million. That placed the film in second for the frame and was 5 percent below the $32.63 million seven-day debut of 2012's Underworld Awakening.
Warner's The Judge rounded out its first week of release with a third place take of $1.134 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama was down 7 percent from Wednesday. The Judge took fifth place for the week with a seven-day launch of $18.90 million. While that was on the low end of expectations, the film has displayed encouraging early holding power thus far and is running 51 percent ahead of the $12.51 million seven-day take of 2009's The Soloist.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was up one spot and a strong 21 percent over Wednesday to claim fourth on Thursday with $0.952 million. The family film from Disney starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner took third place this week with a seven-day start of $24.83 million. Alexander continues to perform in line with expectations and is running 4 percent behind the $25.78 million seven-day take of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Warner's Annabelle was down one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.906 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring increased 1 percent over Wednesday and fell 52 percent from last Thursday. Annabelle placed in fourth for the week with $20.41 million. That was down 55 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a strong $66.20 million.