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.
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:
- “Nightcrawler” – $10.9 million
- “Ouija” – $10.9 million
- “Fury” – $9.1 million
- “Gone Girl” – $8.8 million
- “The Book of Life” – $8.3 million
- “John Wick” – $8.05 million
- “St. Vincent” – $7.8 million
- “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” – $6.5 million
- “The Judge” – $3.4 million
- “Dracula Untold” – $2.9 million