When Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday it traditionally means a sluggish weekend at the box office, and that's exactly what happened here, as Jake Gyllenhaal's thriller Nightcrawler came in at No. 1, with just $10 million to show for it. It also got a "B-" Cinemascore despite fantastic reviews, so who knows how well it will actually hold on, but this one was made on a pretty small budget ($8.5 million), so in light of that, it is a modest success. Another movie having a successful run is Ouija, which almost nudged out Nightcrawler from the top position, with nearly $11 million itself, although most of that came on Friday night, unsurprisingly, seeing as it was the only horror movie out this week.
Holdovers Fury and Gone Girl came in third and fourth, respectively, with the former having earned $60 million in its run so far, while the Ben Affleck thriller has become a major success, with over $135 million in the pot, and likely to finish between $150 and $160 million. In fifth place was the animated Book of Life, with just under $9 million, as the top five films all earned very similar amounts this week, crowding together into the finish line.
- Nightcrawler- $10.91 million
- Ouija- $10.9 million
- Fury- $9.1 million
- Gone Girl- $8.8 million
- The Book of Life- $8.3 million
In limited release, St. Vincent earned another $7 million, essentially staying flat with its expansion numers from last week and amassing a total of almost $20 million so far. That's actually a pretty successful number and may mean that Bill Murray's still in the conversation for an Oscar nod after all. Meanwhile, the Nicole Kidman thriller Before I Go to Sleep bombed with just $3 million, and Birdman expanded into 231 theaters and earned $2.5 million, with its wider expansion still to come around Thanksgiving. Next week, get ready for the box office to be obliterated when Interstellar and Big Hero 6 come out and battle each other for No. 1- should be a big weekend for blockbusters after the quiet fall it's been so far.