Weekend Box Office: NIGHTCRAWLER Narrowly Defeats OUIJA

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In one of the quietest showings for a #1 film at the box office this year, the Jake Gyllenhaal’s new indie crime-thriller Nightcrawler and the Hasbro-inspired horror movie Ouija tied for first place with $10.9 million each.

The directorial debut of Dan Gilroy took the top spot by just $9,000 according to estimates Sunday. The board game/spirit board spinoff could easily come out on top once final figures are announced Monday.

The Halloween weekend is not a moviegoing holiday and this one likely served as brief placeholder until Interstellar and Big Hero 6 kick off the year’s final quarter.

The Nicole Kidman’s Memento-style thriller Before I Go to Sleep died at the box office with $2 million on 1,935 screens in its debut weekend.

The horror-fantasy Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe, opened in limited release with $104,000, but the film was also distributed on VOD earlier this month, where it has made more than $1 million.

Brad Pitt’s Fury with $9.1 million, and David Fincher’s highest grossing film Gone Girl and the animated Book of Life with $8.8 million and $8.3 million each, rounded out the top five.

Bill Murray’s indie comedy St. Vincent continued to add screens and audience in its second weekend in nationwide release. The film took the seventh spot and grossed $7.8 million for a total of $19.5 million and a decline of zero percent.

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Next weekend, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar (opening on IMAX Wednesday) and Disney Animation’s superhero film Big Hero 6 kick off the holiday season. The nearly three hours long Nolan epic vs the shorter and thus more plays per day family animation from Disney. Bearing in mind the IMAX launch could do 5-10 million, it looks like both of which are on pace to generate north of $50 million when they debut. Overall, it will be close.

Next weekend also sees the limited releases of Theory of Everything and Jessabelle so it’s sure looking exciting.

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