'Gone Girl' Helps Make Weekend Best Ever For October Box Office

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David Fincher's adaptation of the best-selling novel "Gone Girl" was the big box-office winner this weekend, taking in an estimated $38 million in the U.S., according to Benchmark Research. That helped propel the weekend to the biggest ever for the month of October, the research firm wrote in a note. "Annabelle," a prequel to the hit horror film "The Conjuring," came in second at $37.2 million. "Those impressive debuts led to an overall boom at the box office: the top 12 earned an estimated $141.8 million, which is up 23 percent from the same weekend last year (when Gravity led the way with over $55 million)," analyst Mike Hickey wrote in a note.

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