Weekend Wrap-Up

Halloween Friday Makes Nightcrawler #1

By John Hamann

November 2, 2014

He's like creepy Peter Parker.

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Sixth place goes to Keanu Reeves’ mini-comeback film, John Wick, as it tries to hold during a difficult weekend to do so. After debuting last weekend to $14.4 million, John Wick fell 44% over Halloween weekend to $8.1 million, a number that Lionsgate should be happy with. This is another low budget ($5.5 million) R-rated release that is doing well versus both its budget and its expectations. So far, John Wick has earned $27.6 million, and is just getting started overseas, where it has earned $8 million. The foreign rollout is slow, as John Wick doesn’t open in the UK until January.

Bill Murray’s St. Vincent is seventh and sees an extremely good hold compared to last weekend, despite the mess on Friday. Last weekend, St. Vincent went wide and earned $7.7 million; this weekend held exactly even, earning that same $7.7 million in its second wide frame. The Weinstein Company added 270 venues to the film's run, which would have helped the hold, but word-of-mouth is also pushing this one forward. Made for $13 million, The Weinsteins could have something here, and St. Vincent could play as solid counter-programming as some big films hit over the next couple of weekends. So far, St. Vincent has pulled in $19.5 million.

That puts Alexander and His Very Bad Day down to eighth, with a gross this weekend of $6.5 million. It fell 10% compared to last weekend, and all drops since opening four weekends ago have been below the 40% mark. For a film that cost only $28 million to make, Disney ends up with a solid result, as Alexander has a running total of $53.6 million stateside. It has pulled in almost $16 million from overseas theaters.

Ninth is The Judge, Robert Downey Jr.’s attempt at serious drama, which hasn’t worked out so well. The Judge earned $3.4 million this weekend, off 22% from the last frame when it earned $4.4 million. It doesn’t look like it will earn the $50 million Team Downey spent to make the film, as it has a domestic total so far of $39.6 million. Overseas audiences will prop it up though, as it has earned $29 million from those venues.


Dracula Untold is tenth this weekend and had faded long before Halloween arrived. The Universal release earned $2.9 million and fell 33%, as the $70 million production has struggled domestically. Overseas, though, it has done remarkably well, saving it from the write off, as it has picked up $136 million from foreign cinemas.

The Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth thriller Before I Go To Sleep failed to crack the top ten this weekend, as it earned only $2 million for upstart Clarius Entertainment. It debuted at 1,902 theaters and is another miss for the studio that brought you And So It Goes and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. Clarius has had three wide releases over its short lifespan and has yet to earn $30 million from those three.

The biggest implosion this weekend was the re-release of the original Saw. Lionsgate put it out to 2,063 venues for a one weekend only release, and it earned only $650,000, giving it a venue average of $315. Now that’s scary.

Overall, this weekend could have been much worse. The top 12 films earned $90 million this weekend, which is better than the last time Halloween fell on a Friday. That time was 2008, and the top 12 earned $74 million. All the gains made in October disappear almost instantly, though, as the same weekend last year pulled in $119.3 million. Next weekend should be huge. Interstellar opens on 3,700+ screens, as does Big Hero 6, so we should have a one-two punch approaching $100 million.

Top Weekend Box Office for 10/31/14-11/2/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Nightcrawler Open Road Films $10,909,000 New $10,909,000
2 Ouija Universal $10,900,240 - 45% $34,963,210
3 Fury Sony $9,100,000 - 32% $60,437,000
4 Gone Girl Fox $8,800,000 - 20% $136,601,500
5 The Book of Life Fox $8,300,000 - 17% $40,523,800
6 John Wick Lionsgate $8,050,000 - 44% $27,589,126
7 St. Vincent $7,752,000 + 0% $19,526,877
8 Alexander And the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Disney $6,485,000 - 10% $53,626,000
9 The Judge WARNER BROS. $3,400,000 - 22% $39,550,000
10 Dracula Untold Universal $2,946,020 - 33% $52,858,945
11 The Best of Me Relativity $2,744,000 - 41% $21,902,404
12 Birdman FOX SEARCHLIGHT $2,510,000 + 82% $5,004,300
  Also Opening/Notables
  Before i Go To Sleep Clarius Ent. $2,025,000 New $2,025,000
  Saw: 10 Anniversary Edition Lionsgate $650,000 New $650,000
  Horns Radius/TWC $104,357 New $104,357
  Plot For Peace Trinity Films/vitagraph $3,000 New $3,000
  The Great Invisible Radius/TWC $1,931 New $4,616
  23 Blast Ocean Avenue $75,762 - 78% $481,578
  Laggies A24 $65,785 - 11% $156,861
  Citizenfour Radius/TWC $210,049 + 68% $391,177
  Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Area 23a $28,500 - 67% $138,065
  Low Down Oscilloscope $10,500 + 50% $17,066
  Dear White People Roadside Attractions $750,000 - 40% $2,800,000
  The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids $68,746 + 6% $241,456
  Listen Up Philip Tribeca Film $30,466 - 48% $137,566
  Whiplash Sony Classics $275,346 + 11% $1,111,112
  Annabelle WARNER BROS. $2,000,000 - 40% $82,500,000
  The Equalizer The Weinstein Co. $1,800,000 - 35% $96,459,000
  Guardians of the Galaxy Disney $542,000 - 2% $329,368,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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