LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Creepy thriller “Nightcrawler” edged out horror movie “Ouija” in the Halloween weekend box office battle in North America, estimated figures showed Sunday.
“Nightcrawler”, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a sleazy videojournalist who patrols Los Angeles at night hunting for gory footage to sell to a local television network, opened with US$10.9 million.
Just a fraction behind in second spot was horror movie “Ouija”, estimates from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.
Third place was taken by Brad Pitt World War II tank drama “Fury”, with $9.1 million, ahead of David Fincher thriller “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck, which added another $8.8 million to its five-week haul.
Animated comedy “The Book of Life”, featuring the voices of Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum, was in fifth place at $8.3 million.
Elsewhere this weekend, Nicole Kidman suffered her worst ever large scale opening in the thriller “Before I Go to Sleep”, which took just over $2 million after a wide release across 1,935 theatres.
The movie stars the Australian Oscar-winner opposite Colin Firth as a woman suffering from chronic amnesia who wakes up every morning with no recollection of her life from her early 20s onwards.