MIAMI (AP) — “Annabelle” couldn’t scare off “Gone Girl” at the weekend box office.

The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a writer whose wife goes missing overcame the Warner Bros. possessed doll horror with $38 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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“Gone Girl” is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn and was directed by David Fincher.

“Annabelle” debuted closely behind “Gone Girl” with $37.2 million. The film centers on the creepy porcelain plaything featured in last year’s haunted house horror “The Conjuring.”

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Sony’s revenge thriller “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington came in third place in its second weekend with $19 million.

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