Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Fending Off ‘Alexander,’ Downey Jr.

Gone Girl” should entrap audiences for the second week in a row, but the R-rated thriller faces stiff competition from a family film, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

The Walt Disney Studios’ adaptation of Judith Viorst’s venerable children’s book about a young boy’s descriptor-worthy day should pull in $19 million when it unravels across 3,088 screens. It cost $28 million to produce and boasts Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner in lead roles. Look for “Gone Girl” to add $22 million to its winnings in its sophomore weekend, while another holdover, “Annabelle,” should do $17 million worth of business it is second week.

That leaves two other new releases nipping at the frontrunners’ heels, “Dracula Untold” and “The Judge,” which should do between $16 million and $18 million in ticket sales. Give the edge to the bloodsucker in that particular match-up.

“It’s a robust and very lively weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “They’re going to be stacked up really tight at the top of the chart.”

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