LOS ANGELES (AFP): ‘Gone Girl’ held sway at the North American box office for a second straight week, fighting back competition from a number of new films, final industry data showed Monday. The mystery, starring Ben Affleck as a husband accused of murdering his wife (Rosamund Pike), raked in $26.4 million over the weekend, bringing its two-week haul to $77.8 million. Action-horror film ‘Dracula Untold’ - depicting the vampire as a flawed hero in a tragic love tale - debuted in the number two spot this weekend with $23.5 million. Disney’s new release ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ - based on a children’s book of the same name and starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner - opened in third place at $18.4 million. In the fourth spot was horror flick ‘Annabelle’ about a haunted supernatural doll. It earned $15.8 million, falling from the number two spot last weekend.  Robert Downey Jr’s much-anticipated ‘The Judge,’ co-starring 83-year-old Robert Duvall, debuted in fifth place with a disappointing $13.1 million. ‘The Equalizer,’ an adventure-action film starring Denzel Washington that is loosely based on a popular 1980s television series of the same name, earned $9.7 million for sixth place. In seventh place was the newly-released ‘Addicted,’ a provocative thriller about an adulterous businesswoman, which brought in $7.5 million.

It was followed by sci-fi action film ‘The Maze Runner’ at $7.5 million. So far, the adaptation of a popular young adult novel has taken in a total $83.8 million. ‘The Boxtrolls,’ an animated film about an orphaned boy raised underground by friendly monsters, slid to ninth place from fourth with $6.6 million. Rounding out the top 10 was ‘Left Behind,’ an apocalyptic thriller starring Nicolas Cage, which earned $2.8 million.