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Box office update: 'Annabelle' sneaks ahead of 'Gone Girl'

Annabelle

(Gregory Smith)

Annabelle and Gone Girl will exceed expectations as both head for a possible $30+ million showing this weekend.

Though that terrifying doll from The Conjuring took first place on Friday with an estimated $15.5 million, it’s likely that David Fincher’s well-regarded adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller will inch ahead when the weekend totals are tallied. Poorly reviewed horror movies do not age well, even across a single weekend. Interestingly, audiences gave both Annabelle and Gone Girl a B CinemaScore, suggesting that neither lived up to their expectations.

Gone Girl was produced by Fox and New Regency for an estimated $61 million and looks to be on track for a $35-$38 million weekend at this point. That would be a career high for Fincher, whose biggest opening to date is Panic Room, which earned $30.1 million in 2002. And even if Annabelle’s momentum slows by Sunday, it’s served its purpose. The horror pic has already earned back its modest $6.5 million production budget for New Line and Warner Bros.

Here’s the top five:

1. Annabelle $15.5 million
2. Gone Girl — $13.2 million
3. The Equalizer $5.6 million ($51.5 million domestic total)
4. The Maze Runner $3.4 million ($65.4 million domestic total)
5. The Boxtrolls $2.7 million ($22.9 million domestic total)

The Nicolas Cage rapture pic Left Behind, meanwhile, failed to inspire a significant initial turnout and took in an estimated $2.4 million, Friday. Audiences were not too pleased either and gave the film, which cost $16 million to make, an unpromising B- CinemaScore. Finally, Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s lost boys of Sudan tale The Good Lie earned an estimated $300K from 461 locations. The Reese Witherspoon-led movie looks like it will miss the $2 million goal.

Check back in tomorrow for final weekend estimates.