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Jake Gyllenhaal starrer Nightcrawler creeped its way to $515,000 at 2,766 locations on Thursday night.
This year, Halloween weekend is a ghost town as far as new offerings in the theaters. Many of the studios have chosen to avoid the weekend with All Hallows’ Eve landing on a Friday for the first time since 2008.
Nightcrawler, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is expected to debut in the $9 million to $10 million range and is likely to take the top spot on this mild weekend. Produced and financed by Bold Films, the critically acclaimed movie marks the feature directorial debut of Dan Gilroy and stars Gyllenhaal as a hungry freelance journalist who looks to further his career by exposing L.A.’s underground crime scene.
Elsewhere, Lionsgate is rereleasing Saw in celebration of the horror’s films 10th anniversary. The James Wan-directed film, which launched a highly successful franchise, will have a one-week run.
British sci-fi thriller Before I Go to Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, also opens nationwide, but may only open in the same range as Saw, a poor start considering the film’s star power. Scott Free, Millennium and StudioCanal partnered on Before I Go to Sleep, directed by Rowan Joffe and distributed by Clarius Entertainment in the U.S.
This weekend’s holdovers include horror film Ouija, WWII tank drama Fury and Keanu Reeves starrer John Wick.
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