U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2014 (Updated)

NIGHTCRAWLER key artWell the freaks and ghouls came out for Jake Gyllenhaal’s star turn in Nightcrawler (2,766 screens) which, on an $8.5m budget, came in with a $10.9m opening weekend. All in all it was a very, very soft weekend at the box office for the Halloween break but Nightcrawler all but tied with the big studio hold over Ouija. Armed with critical praise, it is encouraging that a film with such a sophisticated concept and polarising central character can outgun the broader major studio offerings. It is a testament to Jake Gyllenhaal’s star power and given the diversity in his role selection you can expect to be seeing a lot more of him on screens for a good while to come. $40m – wait for the word of mouth to break.

Ouija (2,899 screens) slips 47%, a better hold than expected with thanks to the Halloween weekend (Ouija won the day on Friday), to take $10.9m for its 2nd weekend. Life gross is now at $35m on a rumoured $12m budget so you can expect a sequel announcement soon enough. There’s a $50m finish here is Interstellar doesn’t demolish it come Friday.  A $3,587 screen average tells you its starting to slip now so game is on to hold screens and sessions as it goes up against Christopher Nolan this weekend.

Fury (3,313 screens) sits in 3rd, off 35%, with $9.1m to bring its domestic cumulative to $60.5m. The film has grossed circa $80m globally so about 75.6% of the entire global performance is coming out of the U.S. (which makes perfect sense given the plot). It’s on the way to a $75m finish which, for Brad Pitt, puts exactly on the same trajectory as the other single name led drama he was in.. Moneyball. Issues now arise, though, as Interstellar is coming in and with a 169 minute runtime it’ll be chewing up under performing screens everywhere so Fury’s screen count will probably fall by about 1,000 this week.

Before I Go To Sleep (1,700 screens) is a disaster and looks to gross $2m for its opening weekend. That roughly works out to a $1,176 screen average for the Nicole Kidman/Colin Firth/Mark Strong Amnesiac thriller. Brits thrills clearly giving U.S. audiences the chills!

In Cinemas Friday November 7, 2014 – Interstellar (Nov 5), Big Hero 6, The Theory Of Everything 

Figures from Box Office Mojo

1 N Nightcrawler ORF $10,909,000 2,766 $3,944 $10,909,000 1
2 1 Ouija Uni. $10,900,000 -45.2% 2,899 +41 $3,760 $34,963,000 $5 2
3 3 Fury (2014) Sony $9,100,000 -31.9% 3,313 +140 $2,747 $60,437,000 $68 3
4 4 Gone Girl Fox $8,800,000 -20.3% 2,834 -272 $3,105 $136,602,000 $61 5
5 5 The Book of Life (2014) Fox $8,300,000 -17.4% 2,794 -319 $2,971 $40,524,000 $50 3
6 2 John Wick LG/S $8,050,000 -44.2% 2,589 $3,109 $27,589,000 2
7 6 St. Vincent Wein. $7,752,000 +0.1% 2,552 +270 $3,038 $19,527,000 4
8 7 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day BV $6,485,000 -9.9% 2,896 -221 $2,239 $53,626,000 $28 4
9 10 The Judge WB $3,400,000 -22.1% 1,942 -668 $1,751 $39,550,000 $50 4
10 9 Dracula Untold Uni. $2,946,000 -33.0% 1,913 -451 $1,540 $52,859,000 $70 4