Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl hold the top spot at the U.S. box office for two weeks running and considering the competition it should come as no real surprise, although it has to be pointed out that the crime thriller did just squeak past Dracula Untold. The Gillian Flynn adaptation of his own novel by the same name pulled in $26.8 million on its second weekend at the cinema and the reworking of the Vlad Tepes legend grossed $23.5 million so certainly it was a very big squeak at a difference of $3.5 million in the box office receipts race.
Set against the backdrop of Charles Manson and his drugged out family of killers as well as a time when people were questioning whether God was dead, Annabelle features the demon doll first seen in James Wan’s film The Conjuring and the creepy looking thing scares very thoroughly indeed. On the plus side, there are some gooseflesh inducing moments and clever little touches that the audience may miss while screaming at the more obvious “scare.” There are not many though so it behooves the viewer to pay close attention, if that is possible with the rest of the audience screeching and jumping at the events unfolding on the screen. On the not so plus side, a lot of the scares are formulaic and although they work there are points taken off for lack of originality. The movie is, however, impressively entertaining and scary.