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Weekend B.O. Oct. 31-Nov. 2 (A Very Crummy Weekend)

Weekend B.O. Oct. 31-Nov. 2 (A Very Crummy Weekend)

Wow, talk
about a lousy weekend!

The bad news
is that this Halloween weekend saw perhaps the lowest grossing box office
weekend of the year. No big blockbusters were released, as the
studios are holding off their big guns for November, December and even into
January.

But at the
same time, there’s nothing new out there to really entice audiences, so filmgoers
stayed with the tried and true, such as “Gone Girl,” which is still holding up very
strong, and could hit $175 million, and “Alexander Do I have to Say the Rest of
the Title,” which has turned into a modest fall season sleeper hit.

But the minor
good news is that the excellent drama “Nightcrawler” was the No. 1 film this
weekend.

Made for only
$8.5 million, the $10.9 million it grossed this weekend, while not great, is a
nice return for an independently made,  dramatic film based on an original script
written for the screen and not a remake, sequel or based on comic book. Though it
really doesn’t say anything new or revelatory about the TV news business that Sidney
Lumet’s film “Network” said back in 1976, “Nightcrawler” is still a solidly made and  engrossing film with a powerhouse performance by
Jake Gyllenhaal who plays, essentially a sociopath
posing as gonzo TV news cameraman.

Of course, how it will hold up against Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated sci-fi film “Interstellar” and
Disney’s new animated film “Big hero 6,” which both open this Friday, is anyone guess
 However, the film is sure to return a very modest financial gross for Open Road, which picked up the film for distribution
earlier this year.

Coming in
second was last week’s No. 1 film “Ouija,” which didn’t take as big a drop as most horror
films do in their second week, and “Fury” is also holding up nicely, and is expected
to do some $90 million domestically, and even bigger numbers overseas:

1) Nightcrawler  ORF  $10,909,000 
2) Ouija  Uni.  $10,900,000  Total: $34,963,000 
3) Fury    Sony  $9,100,000  Total: $60,437,000 
4) Gone Girl  Fox  $8,800,000  Total: $136,602,000 
5) The Book of Life  Fox  $8,300,000  Total: $40,524,000 
6) John Wick  LG/S  $8,050,000  Total: $27,589,000 
7) St. Vincent  Wein.  $7,752,000  Total: $19,527,000 
8) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  BV  $6,485,000  Total: $53,626,000 
9) The Judge  WB  $3,400,000  Total: $39,550,000 
10) Dracula Untold  Uni.  $2,946,000  Total:  $52,859,000 
11) The Best of Me  Rela.  $2,744,000  Total: $21,902,000 
12) Birdman  FoxS  $2,510,000  Total: $5,004,000

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