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article imageUPDATE: 'Ouija' edges out 'Nightcrawler' on weak Halloween

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 2, 2014 in Entertainment
UPDATE: "Ouija" was able to edge out "Nightcrawler" to take the Halloween weekend box office crown. However, it was nothing to write home about as the numbers were the lowest winning total of the year.
It was a tight race with "Ouija" scaring up $10.7 million while "Nightcrawler" grabbed $10.7 million.
EARLIER: It turned out to be a rather anemic Halloween weekend but it turned into a race that may need another day to figure out.
Jake Gyllenhaal and his stellar performance in "Nightcrawler" was hoping to derail the Halloween-tinged "Ouija." So far, they both are between $10-11 million. "Nightcrawler" actually holds a slight lead right now, but that could change.
On Halloween, it was neck and neck as well with "Ouija" taking in $3.5 million while "Nightcrawler" hauled in $3.2 million. Not real good but with Halloween falling on a Friday night, the competition for a crowd showed that movies were not where many ended up.
The overall numbers were not very good either. As the holidays approach and November is here, a winner at $1-11 million hurts. Studios are already looking ahead, with good reason. This weekend will be the worst winner opening of the year, no matter which film wins, noted The Wrap.
1. "Ouija" - $10.9 million
2. "Nightcrawler" - $10.9 million
3. "Fury" - $9.1 million
4. "Gone Girl" - $8.8 million
5. "Book of Life" - $8.3 million
The real deal this weekend may be the other release. Where, oh where, is it? Before heading there, even "Saw" got a lukewarm response this weekend. It grabbed $650,000 and that fit the theme very well.
"Before I Go to Sleep" was a snoozer all weekend. It was not like it featured no names in Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. It could only muster $2.03 million. That hurts on many levels and it was in 1,092 theaters. So, again, it was not as if it was not in theaters as it was. It was just not attended. "Saw" was in more so its numbers were even worse.
Halloween was forgotten this year, as was July 4. Two holidays that fell on Fridays and took a beating because of it. It is hard to compete when people are out and about and not thinking of settling in a dark theater, having to be quiet, unless screams are heard. There were no new family releases either so the holdovers took what they could.
On that note, "Fury," "Book of Life" and "Gone Girl" all settled in with $8-9 million. "Gone Girl" and "Fury" are doing fine at the box office and "Book of Life" and its style of animation is not quite dead yet.
The silver lining of the weekend is that "Ouija" is a hit because it was made for only $5 million. Instead of making it a huge blockbuster board game horror film, Universal opted for the small-budgeted route.
So, with Hollywood, it is time to look ahead, as the holiday kicks off this weekend. They are projecting some big numbers for the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," "Interstellar, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and "Big Hero 6." In that order as well.
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