As you may have noticed, Halloween is on a Friday this year. And this fact frightened Hollywood so much, that only two new movies are hitting theatres today. But if you want to scream like it’s 2004, there’s something for you too.
The only major studio taking a shot this Halloween is Open Road Films, which is opening “Nightcrawler” at 2,766 theaters. The thriller stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a creepy cameraman who attempts to rise through the ranks of nightly news at whatever cost. “Nightcrawler” cost $8.5 million to produce, wich means it doesn’t need a huge opening to be considered a hit.
With little to choose from at the multiplex, moviegoers will flock to “Nightcrawler.” Look for the film to open at number one with around $12 million.
The other new release this weekend is the Nicole Kidman/Colin Firth thriller “Before I Go To Sleep.” The film is based on S. J. Watson’s 2011 novel of the same name, Sleep is the third release from Clarius Entertainment, the upstart distributor behind “And So It Goes” and “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.” You could say Clarius is still looking for their first hit Well, they’re gonna have to keep on looking.
“Before I Go To Sleep”opens at 1,902 theaters this weekend but it won’t make much of an impact. Critics haven’t been kind to the movie (39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and many people I’ve talked to haven’t even heard of the movie. Chances are “Before I Go To Sleep” opens outside of the top fieve with around $6.5 million.
Then there;s Lionsgate, who is hoping that moviegoers want to go back to the days of George W. Bush by re-releasing 2004 horror hit “Saw” in to over 2,000 theaters. The original “Saw” opened to a surprising $18.3 million a decade ago, and the series had a stong run for a few years.
The fun ride came to an end in 2009 when ” Saw VI” bombed in theatres. “Saw 3D” performed slightly better the following year, but by then audiences were tired of this franchise.
The re-release won’t even register with movie audiences. It should finish in eight or ninth place with under $2 million. I remember going to the theatre in 2004 for the first “Saw.” I didn’t like the movie then, and I won’t like it today. Why this movie is considered a “classic” by some baffles me.