Missing wives, killer toys rule the first moviegoing weekend of October
A Conjuring-inspired chiller and a bestseller-based thriller are the projected box-office winners for the first October weekend at the movies.
Gone Girl, the tense thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man who finds himself the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance, took in between $12-13 million on Friday. Analyst tracking puts the film on track for $33 million or more for the weekend, which would beat studio projections and could conceivably make it the number one movie of the week - a good start for a hotly-anticipated film that many had projected as the first major Oscar contender of the season.
Also opening to strong number was Annabelle, a horror film that tells the origins of a demon-possessed doll from last year's haunted house hit The Conjuring. Analysts are predicting an opening weekend take in excess of $30 million, though horror releases tend to have notoriously short theatrical legs. The film will potentially face significant competition for the horror audience when Dracula Untold debuts next week.