With this year’s sleepy September now behind it, the box office seems poised for an impressive October. Two new wide releases came out stronger than projected, though it was the R-rated horror pic Annabelle that had the edge on Friday. A prequel to 2013’s monster horror hit The Conjuring, Annabelle scored an estimated $15.5 million from 3,185 locations yesterday, including $2.1 million from late night previews. That was good enough for first place on opening day, though it won’t secure Annabelle the win on October’s first weekend. That honor will go to Gone Girl, the highly-anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2012 novel. The R-rated drama earned an estimated $13.2 million from 3,014 locations yesterday and could climb as high as $38 million this weekend.
Details and Friday’s top five after the jump.