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Ouija and Nightcrawler tie for Halloween US top spot


Story by Jack Foley

JAKE Gyllenhaal’s new thriller Nightcrawler has tied with horror movie Ouija at the top of the US box office over Halloween weekend.

The critically-acclaimed Nightcrawler is estimated to have taken $10.9 million on its opening weekend, equalling the figure of holdover title Ouija.

Nightcrawler marks the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, who has previously penned the script for The Bourne Legacy, and finds Gyllenhaal playing a hungry freelance journalist who looks to further his career by exposing LA’s underground crime scene. It is one of the best reviewed movies of the year.

The remainder of the US top five was made up of Brad Pitt’s World War II tank drama Fury, which came third with $9.1 million, David Fincher’s Gone Girl (fourth with $8.8 million) and animated film “The Book of Life”: (fifth with $8.3 million).

Keanu Reeves’ action thriller John Wick slipped outside of the top five with $8.1 million.

There was bad news for Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, however, whose British thriller Before I Go to Sleep bombed. The film, which also stars Mark Strong, mustered a weak $2 million and failed to crack the top 10, marking the worst wide opening of Kidman’s and Firth’s respective careers.

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