B.O. Roundup, October 31-November 2: 'Nightcrawler' and 'Ouija' Duke It Out

Sunday, 02 November 2014 12:54 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, October 31-November 2: 'Nightcrawler' and 'Ouija' Duke It Out

With potential moviegoers too busy trick or treating, multiplexes across the continent were quiet this weekend.

Halloween fell on a Friday this year, so movies didn't really stand a chance, but slow business allowed Nightcrawler to claim the top spot at the domestic box office.

Only just barely, however.  The critically acclaimed thriller was the biggest movie of the weekend, according to current estimates, but with only $9,000 more than Ouija, its reign atop the box office heap may prove short-lived when the actual grosses arrive on Monday.

Nightcrawler, a unique trip into the world of L.A. crime, had overwhelmingly strong reviews, which helped power the film to an estimated $10.9 million from 2,766 locations in the United States and Canada.

That's a strong showing for an offering as odd and difficult to market as Nightcrawler.  Check out IAR's exclusive video interviews with star/producer Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo to get a better feel for Dan Gilroy's film.

Last weekend's top dog, the Hasbro horror tale Ouija, occupies the opposite end of the critical spectrum, having been shellacked by professionals and dismissed by those who saw it a week ago.  It nonetheless held well for a spooktacular picture, declining 45% in its second frame, probably owing to the simple fact that it was the only horror movie on screens for Halloween.

Ouija added an estimated $10.9 million from 2,899 theaters, bringing its ten day total to $34.9 million.

Actually, there was another horror movie in theaters this weekend: the tenth anniversary re-release of Saw, which director James Wan and screenwriter/star Leigh Whannell recently discussed in an IAR exclusive interview with Managing Editor Jami Philbrick.  The theatrical reissue of this hugely influential Halloween thriller failed to scare its way into the top ten, though, earning an estimated $650,000 from 2,063 locations.

Similarly, Before I Go to Sleep grossed just $2.0 million from 1,902 theaters, despite the presence of Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Overall, this was one of the slowest weekends of the year.  The top ten raked in 40% less than the same frame in 2013, when Free Birds, Bad Grandpa, and Ender's Game topped the domestic box office.

1. Nightcrawler.........................................................$10.9 million...............New Release

2. Ouija......................................................................$10.9 million...............$34.9 million

3. Fury.......................................................................$9.1 million.................$60.4 million

4. Gone Girl...............................................................$8.8 million.................$136.6 million

5. The Book of Life....................................................$8.3 million.................$40.5 million

6. John Wick..............................................................$8.0 million.................$27.5 million

7. St. Vincent.............................................................$7.7 million.................$19.5 million

8. Alexander and the Terrible..................................$6.4 million.................$53.6 million

9. The Judge..............................................................$3.4 million.................$39.5 million

10. Dracula Untold....................................................$2.9 million.................$52.8 million

Halloween is generally a non-starter at a theater near you, however, and next week is certain to find the trend swinging the other way at least a little bit, since it marks the start of the other event movie season. 

Interstellar and Disney's Big Hero 6 are both set to debut in theaters.  Which will be the biggest movie in the country?  Stay tuned to find out.


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