Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler” managed to nab the top spot during a very slow weekend at the box office. The film directed by Dan Gilroy only managed to rake in $10,9 million, but still managed to steal the no.1 spot at the North American box office. Made on a shoestring budget of only $8 million, Gilroy and company should be smiling all the way to the bank by next weekend. This is an absolute must see with review aggregator Rottentomatoes dishing out a fresh rating for Gyllenhaal’s efforts.

This is what they had to say about the flick:

“Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.”

Check out the trailer for “Nightcrawler”:

The thriller is set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

'Nightcrawler' Steals Top Spot On Slow Box Office Weekend

‘Nightcrawler’ Steals Top Spot On Slow Box Office Weekend

It was a “photo finish” for the top spot but last week’s number one, “Ouija” had to settle for second place. The horror movie directed and co-written by Stiles White raked in an additional $10.9 million in its second week at the box office. “Nightcrawler” pushed ahead slightly by earned $10,909,000 while “Ouija” ended up with a $10,900,240. Brad Pitt’s “Fury” ended in third place with $9.1 million, followed by Ben Affleck’s “Gone Girl” with an estimated $8.8 million. “The Book of Life” rounded up the top 5 this week with approximately $8.3 million.

Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

  1. “Nightcrawler” – $10.9 million
  2. “Ouija” – $10.9 million
  3. “Fury” – $9.1 million
  4. “Gone Girl” – $8.8 million
  5. “The Book of Life” – $8.3 million
  6. “John Wick” – $8.05 million
  7. “St. Vincent” – $7.8 million
  8. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” – $6.5 million
  9. “The Judge” – $3.4 million
  10. “Dracula Untold” – $2.9 million