Weekend box office: Nightcrawler takes the Halloween weekend

How do you not have a big horror movie opening up on Halloween weekend?  Between this mishap and the lack of romantic movies around Valentine’s Day, Hollywood is really missing an opportunity to take advantage of moviegoers anxious for a movie to fit their mood.  So the lack of horror movies paved the way for Jake Gyllenhaal’s NIGHTCRAWLER to take the top spot at the weekend box office in what was a very, very weak opening for a number one film.  Like I said, it didn’t have any competition, but it did beat out last week’s number one film, OUIJA, which was really the only horror movie available and it could barely manage $10 million on its second weekend.  The good news is that we have some good movies coming up in the next two months as the studios prepare for the Oscar blitz, so there’s that.  Oh, and hopefully you didn’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.

Next week should belong to Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR.  Early reviews have been mixed, which is disappointing, but it’s a Nolan space adventure so I don’t see how anyone could skip it.  But it will have some stiff competition at the weekend box office because Disney’s BIG HERO 6 also opens.  Normally I wouldn’t bet against INTERSTELLAR, but the box office has been starved for a decent kid’s movie lately and something tells me parents are going to show up in droves to see BIG HERO 6 while looking longingly at the signs for INTERSTELLAR.  At the very least, next week should breath some life into the box office.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Nightcrawler $11.9m

2. Ouija $10.4m

3. Fury $8.5m

4. John Wick $7.9m

5. Gone Girl $7.2m

6. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day $6.9m

7. St. Vincent $6.5m

8. The Book of Life $6.4m

9. The Judge $3.8m

10. Dracula Untold $2.5m


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