Weekend Forecast: 'Nightcrawler', 'Saw (10th Anniversary)', & 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Featured Stories - on October 29, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

oct31.pngOn the final weekend before the holiday movie season officially kicks off, three films aim to capture an audience beginning on Halloween Day.

Nightcrawler

PROS:

- Jake Gyllenhaal has headlined a number of well-received thrillers in recent years, which could add some pedigree to this otherwise low-key flick.
- Social media buzz is solid across Twitter, Facebook, and Flixster, drawing comparable activity as John Wick.
- Early critical reviews are very encouraging.

CONS:

- As the final weekend before two big releases open November next week, many audiences will likely avoid the theaters.
- Gyllenhaal himself isn't exactly an automatic ticket-seller.
- The dark and seedy concept will likely limit the film to cinephiles.

Saw (10th Anniversary)

PROS:

- The re-issue's opening on Halloween itself should play well to fans of the new horror classic.
- The franchise boasts an impressive 18.4 million fans on Facebook.

CONS:

- In the era of On-Demand, it's unlikely that anyone outside hardcore fans will bother paying to see this in theaters again (especially in the wake of Annabelle and Ouija).
- After the first few films, the franchise became watered down by sequels as franchise fatigue set in. It's probably too early to re-ignite excitement in the series.

Before I Go to Sleep

PROS:

- Stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth bring some needed star names to this under-the-radar thriller.
- Twitter activity is respectable with over 17,000 tweets during the past week.

CONS:

- Unfortunately, neither Kidman nor Firth are major draws in North America, and the glut of thrillers in the market right now will weigh this down.
- Facebook and Flixster buzz leave much to be desired. 

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, Nov. 2
Nightcrawler Oct 31, 2014 Open Road
$11,000,000 $11,000,000
John Wick Oct 24, 2014 Lionsgate / Summit
$8,400,000 $28,000,000
Ouija Oct 24, 2014 Universal
$8,300,000 $32,400,000
Fury (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$8,200,000 $59,600,000
Gone Girl Oct 3, 2014 Fox
$7,300,000 $135,100,000
The Book of Life (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Fox
$6,500,000 $38,800,000
St. Vincent Oct 10, 2014 Weinstein Company
$4,900,000 $16,600,000
Saw (2014 re-issue) Oct 31, 2014 Lionsgate
$4,700,000 $4,700,000
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Oct 10, 2014 Disney
$4,500,000 $51,700,000
Birdman Oct 17, 2014 Fox Searchlight
$2,900,000 $5,400,000
Before I Go to Sleep Oct 31, 2014 Clarius Entertainment
$2,800,000 $2,800,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: predictions, Saw, Nightcrawler, Before I Go to Sleep

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