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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Halloween said si to Ouija as the spooky yarn edged out newcomer Nightcrawler for top spot at the box office. Respective estimates were $10.9 million and $10.7 million. The session’s other wide release, chiller Before I Go to Sleep, grossed a disappointing $1.9 million.

Holiday-timed retreads of Saw and The Nightmare Before Christmas also failed. In the niches,  Horns failed to spike with a $107,000 tally at 96 venues.

In Canada, Cannes-prized Maps to the Stars was off the chart with $78,500 at 49 locations and Ceci n’est pas un polar eked out $18,300 from 17 screens. Incoming exclusives failed to register save for two-screen preem of Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D puzzler Goodbye to Language, at $25,200.

While hardly the Super Bowl, Halloween night traditionally takes a bite out of moviegoing and it’s particularly noticeable when the holiday falls on a weekend. Session grosses that were shy of $100 million attest to the fact and translated into an 18% decline from the prior weekend. It was a steeper 24% drop from 2013 when the bow of Ender’s Game led with a $27 million launch.

Pundits were unanimous in pegging Nightcrawler, the creepy tale of a freelance tabloid purveyor of shmutz, as the weekend champ with estimates of $13 million to $15 million. Generally positive reviews appeared to bolster its prospects but its potential audience appeared to prefer viewing sleaze at home and without undue editorial commentary.

The weekend slump  puts a crimp in recent post-Labor Day holiday momentum with the year to date lagging behind 2013 by 3.5%.

As with Christmas distributors are hoping to widen the Thanksgiving holiday period with highly anticipated releases of Interstellar and Big Hero 6 next week. That gives those pictures a two week lead on The Hunger Games finale that many are already anticipating as the biggest box-office grosser of the year.

Weekend (estimates) October 31 – November 2, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ouija Uni 10.9 (3,750) -45% 2899 34.9
Nightcrawler Open Road 10.7 (3,880) NEW 2766 10.7
Fury Sony 9.1 (2,740) -32% 3313 60.4
Gone Girl Fox 8.6 (3,030) -22% 2834 136.4
The Book of Life Fox 8.2 (2,940) -18% 2794 40.4
John Wick Lionsgate 8.0 (3,080) -45% 2589 27.5
St. Vincent Weinstein 7.6 (2,970) -2% 2552 19.3
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day BV 6.7 (2,320) -7% 2896 53.9
The Judge WB 3.4 (1,770) -21% 1942 39.6
Dracula Untold Uni 2.9 (1,530) -33% 1913 52.8
The Best of Me Relativity 2.6 (1,130) -43% 2327 21.8
Birdman Fox Searchlight 2.4 (10,560) 77% 231 4.9
The Maze Runner Fox 2.2 (1,350) -7% 1620 96.9
Annabelle WB 2.0 (1,160) -39% 1755 82.5
Before I Go to Sleep FreeStyle 1.9 (990) NEW 1935 1.9
The Equalizer Sony 1.8 (1,650) -34% 1108 96.5
The Boxtrolls Focus .74 (910) -21% 812 48.6
Dear White People Roadside .71 (1,850) -43% 384 2.8
Addicted Lionsgate .66 (1,1190) -56% 555 16.4
Saw 10th Anniversary (reissue) Lionsgate .64 (310) NEW 2063 0.64
Happy New Year Yash Raj .62 (2,570) -69% 241 3.1
Guardians of the Galaxy BV .53 (1,590) -4% 334 329.4
Whiplash Sony Classics .25 (4,110) 1% 61 1.1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par .19 (730) -49% 265 190.4
Citizenfour Weinstein Co, .19 (5,080) 49% 37 0.37
This is Where I Leave You WB .18 (700) -5% 261 33.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $92.90
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) -18%
Also debuting/expanding
Horns Weinstein Co. .11 (1,110) 96 0.11
Pride CBS/Remstar .10 (1,050) -35% 93 1.3
Mommy Seville 92,600 (2,100) -23% 44 2.7
My Old Lady Cohen/D-Film .10 (1,220) -24% 84 3.6
Force Majeure Magnolia 88,700 (3,690) 280% 24 0.12
The Trial ABS 86,400 (2,700) -61% 32 0.46
Maps to the Stars eOne 78,500 (1,600) 49 0.08
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids 70,800 (2,620) 9% 27 0.24
Laggies A24 65,300 (4,080) -15% 16 0.16
Current Theega 24 Frames 40,800 (1,050) 39 0.04
Blood Ransom Tectonic 27,500 (1,200) 23 0.03
Goodbye to Language Kino 25,200 (12,600) 2 0.03
Super Nani Eros 22,700 (530) 43 0.02
Ceci n’est pas un polar K-Films 18,300 (1,080) 17 0.02
Point and Shoot Orchard 6,600 (6,600) 1 0.01
ABCs of Death 2 Magnolia 4,100 (290) 14 0.01
Showrunners Submarine 2,750 (2,750) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 30, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (17) 1523.3 17.90%
Buena Vista (15) 1325.6 15.50%
Warner Bros. (22) 1295.1 15.20%
Sony (21) 1149.3 13.50%
Universal (17) 926.6 10.90%
Paramount (13) 832.4 9.80%
Lionsgate (20) 399.3 4.70%
Weinstein Co. (24) 171.7 2.00%
Relativity (9) 156.7 1.80%
Open Road (8) 121.1 1.40%
Fox Searchlight (9) 106.1 1.20%
FreeStyle (9) 100.8 1.20%
Focus (10) 93.7 1.10%
eOne/Seville (27) 52.5 0.60%
Other * (300) 274.8 3.20%
8529 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

One Response to “The Weekend Report”

  1. Keith says:

    Any word on Kaththi’s second week?

Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4