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A pair of low-budget thrillers turned the Halloween weekend into a battleground as Nightcrawler and Ouija squared off over a box office derby depleted by trick-or-treaters. And while both will be forgotten by the time Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi opus Interstellar and Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 arrive next week, some executives wedged in an overcrowded calendar may regret letting an October weekend go unchallenged.
Nightcrawler should land somewhere around $10-$11M+, putting the $8.5 million crime story in the black by the end of its opening weekend. The film has become a critical favorite since it splashed at the Toronto Film Festival, and has garnered a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best-reviewed major releases of the year. It’s future is in doubt, though, as a B- Cinemascore won’t help word of mouth and adults will flock to next week’s Christopher Nolan sci-fi opus Interstellar. Produced and financed by Bold Films, the R-rated Nightcrawler also starred Bill Paxton, Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed. If it takes No. 1, it will be Gyllenhaal’s fourth box office crown, after Prisoners, End of Watch and The Day After Tomorrow opened at the top of the charts.