On the weekend before Halloween, ‘Ouija’ possessed the top spot at the domestic box office, according to industry figures released by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday. Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, the PG-13 horror film about a spooky spirit board grossed $19.8 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday.
The well-reviewed stylish action thriller ‘John Wick,’ starring Keanu Reeves as a former hit man, debuted at No. 2 with $14.4 million. Last weekend’s No. 1 film, the World World II drama ‘Fury,’ starring Brad Pitt, dropped two spots to No. 3 in its second weekend, earning $13.3 million for a total of $46.4 million since opening Oct. 17.
Mystery thriller ‘Gone Girl,’ starring Ben Affleck and based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, fell two spots to No. 4 in its fourth weekend, earning $11 million for a total of $124 million since opening Oct. 3. Animated adventure comedy ‘The Book of Life’ also slipped two spots to No. 5 in its second weekend, earning $10 million for a total of $30.1 million since opening Oct. 17.
The only other new nationwide release, ‘23 Blast,’ bombed with one of the worst debuts ever. The inspirational sports drama based on the true story of Travis Freeman opened at No. 20 with just $337,000 in gross ticket sales.
The comedy ‘St. Vincent,’ starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, expanded nationwide and finished sixth at the weekend box office, earning $7.7 million for a total of $8.5 million since opening in limited release Oct. 10.
FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES
‘Before I Go To Sleep,’ starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, is a psychological thriller about a woman with amnesia who starts learning the truth about her past, causing her to question everyone around her. Based on the novel by S.J. Watson, ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ is rated R. A middling 54 percent of early reviews are positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘doesn’t completely avoid thriller clichés’ but ‘still offers a stylish, fast-paced and well-acted diversion.’ Watch the official trailer here.
‘Nightcrawler,’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is a dramatic thriller about a desperate man whose foray into the underground world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles crosses the line between observer and participant. Early buzz for the film is excellent with 88 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, which praised Gyllenhaal’s performance and said the film is ‘restless, visually sleek and offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.’ Watch the official trailer here.
‘Saw 10th Anniversary’ is the one-week re-release of the popular 2004 horror film. Rated R, ‘Saw’ is about two men trapped in the lair of a serial killer named Jigsaw who are forced to play his deadly game to survive. Only 48 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film is ‘more than nasty enough for genre junkies, but far too twisted, gory and shallow for more discerning horror fans.’ Watch the official trailer here.
TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES
‘America: Imagine the World without Her’ is a political documentary by Dinesh D’Souza. Rated PG-13, D’Souza’s documentary examines accusations against the United States by presenting alternate histories of the Revolutionary and Civil wars where the country and the world would be vastly worse off without today’s America. Only 8 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film is ‘passionate but poorly constructed.’ Watch the official trailer here.
‘Begin Again,’ starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, is an R-rated musical dramedy about a struggling music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter who meet by chance in Manhattan and decide to collaborate on an independent album. A solid 82 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘is difficult to resist thanks to charming work from its well-matched leads.’ Watch the official trailer here.
‘Deliver Us From Evil,’ starring Eric Bana, is a horror thriller inspired by the actual accounts of a New York Police Department sergeant. Rated R, ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is about a police officer and an unconventional priest investigating a series of crimes possibly linked to demon possessions. Only 28 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film has ‘a reliably firm grasp on creepy atmosphere’ but its ‘lack of original scares is reflected in its shopworn title.’ Watch the official trailer here.
‘Wish I Was Here,’ starring and directed by Zach Braff, is an R-rated dramedy about a 35-year-old struggling actor, husband and father who discovers deeper meaning to life when he winds up home-schooling his children after finding out his father’s cancer is back. Only 46 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘is heartfelt but it covers narrative ground that’s already been well trod.’ Watch the official trailer here.