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Box office: 'Annabelle' edges out 'Gone Girl' on Friday
Box office: 'Annabelle' edges out 'Gone Girl' on Friday

"Annabelle," the horror spinoff from last year's hit "The Conjuring," took in an estimated $15.5 million at the box office on Friday, edging out David Fincher's highly anticipated "Gone Girl," which did strong business with $13.2 million. The two movies, both in their first weekend of release, are expected to have a close battle for the No. 1 domestic box-office spot, with some expecting "Annabelle" to maintain its lead. On Friday, "Gone Girl" saw a per-screen average gross of $4,380 across 3,014 screens, slightly lower than "Annabelle's" per-screen tally of about $4,867. "Gone Girl," which is...