Box Office: NIGHTCRAWLER and OUIJA in Dead Heat on Tame Halloween Weekend

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With Halloween behind it, the weekend box office got back to the business of being… boring.  Or maybe it’s just saving it’s strength for next week – when Interstellar and Big Hero 6 kick off the year’s final quarter?  Open Road’s Nightcrawler managed to take first place – but only by the slimmest of margins.  After coming in second behind horror holdover Ouija on Halloween, it looked like the Nightcrawler would take first place with $13 million this weekend: a win for a low-budget movie that had been tracking in the $11 million range.  In the end, the original projections were correct and the box office wound up with two underwhelming estimates in a near-tie at the top.  Nightcrawler and Ouija are so close, in fact, that that the horror pic could easily come out on top after actual box office totals are released on Monday.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Nightcrawler $10,909,000 $10.9
2.  Ouija $10,900,000 $34.9
3.  Fury $9,100,000 $60.4
4.  Gone Girl $8,800,000 $136.6
5.  The Book of Life $8,300,000 $40.5
6.  John Wick $8,050,000 $27.5
7.  St. Vincent $7,752,000 $19.5
8.  Alexander and… $6,485,000 $53.6
9.  The Judge $3,400,000 $39.5
10.  Dracula Untold $2,946,000 $52.8

 

Full story after the jump.

Mark Strong Talks BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, the Ambiguity of His Role, Working with Rowan Joffe, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, GRIMSBY and More

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Mark Strong has made a career out of playing some of Hollywood’s most cold and calculating villains, but in Rowan Joffe’s stylish new psychological thriller, Before I Go To Sleep, he keeps audiences guessing to the last second about his true intentions.  Strong plays Dr. Nasch, a neuropsychologist who is trying to help a vulnerable amnesiac, Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), recover her memories about her past without her husband Ben’s (Colin Firth) knowledge.  Cast in the unusual role of a sympathetic character, the actor reveals a quite different side of himself than we’re used to seeing on screen.

In an exclusive interview, Strong spoke about how he found the script to be an absolute page turner that was impossible to put down, why the ambiguity of the role appealed to him, his approach to playing a character that treads a fine line between being trustworthy or untrustworthy, his contributions to his character’s look, Joffe’s directing style, how his iconic image as a bad guy worked to the film’s advantage, his respect for Kidman’s phenomenal technique, his friends and family screening, being a part of The Imitation Game, and his upcoming roles in Kingsman:  The Secret Service, Grimsby, and Ad Inexplorata.  Check out our interview after the jump.

Rowan Joffe Talks BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, the Importance of Nicole Kidman’s Involvement, Adapting Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK and More

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Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s best-selling novel, Before I Go to Sleep, is a taut, stylish psychological thriller about an amnesiac, Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), who awakens each morning with no recollection of her past.  She struggles to comprehend the emotional impact of her always-new reality, but as fragmented memories begin to resurface, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about her life.  Opening October 31st, the film also stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

In an exclusive interview, Joffe spoke about how the novel first came to his attention, why he found it a riveting page turner, the journey from page to screen, the narrative device he adapted to film from the novel, why he feels emotion is the key to keeping a psychological thriller fresh and engaging, how Kidman’s movie star status was instrumental in getting the film greenlit, how Firth and Strong’s roles reveal a different side of them than we’re used to seeing, what he learned from Colin and Nicole about making a good thriller, the 70’s films that inspired him, and his upcoming projects including an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book for Disney and developing his own TV show called Tin Star.  Check out our interview after the jump.

Exclusive BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Clip Starring Nicole Kidman: “The Truth Is Half My Life Is Over”

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We have an exclusive Before I Go to Sleep clip to share.  Nicole Kidman stars as an amnesiac who wakes up every day with no memory.  The clip sets an ominous tone as Kidman watches a video of herself explaining her predicament that ends abruptly with a “He’s coming.”  Based on the S.J. Watson novel, the premise leads to darker territory as “terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life—as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).”

The thriller, directed by Rowan Joffe (Brighton Rock), opens October 31.  Watch the Before I Go to Sleep clip after the jump.

Nicole Kidman Awakens and Forgets in New BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Trailer

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Millennium Films has released a new Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who loses her memory every time she wakes up.  As she learns more clues about her condition, she begins to uncover a dark mystery about why she can’t retain her memories.  Given the terrific premise and strong cast, which also includes Colin Firth and Mark Strong, I have high hopes for this one.

Hit the jump to check out the Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  The film opens in theaters on October 31st.

New Posters for WHIPLASH, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, and LAGGIES

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Posters for a trio of non-superhero, non-franchise movies have landed online, and we thought it prudent to share.  Briefly:

  • Whiplash – Our own Matt Goldberg is quoted on the Whiplash poster for this dark drama, which stars Miles Teller as an aspiring jazz drummer who studies under a ruthless instructor (J.K. Simmons).  I’m actually quoted on the trailer myself, as the film was one of the breakout hits of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  The pic opens in theaters on October 10th.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Before I Go to Sleep – A poster and release date have been unveiled for this thriller starring Nicole Kidman as a woman with no memory.  Secrets are subsequently revealed about the true nature of her doctor (Mark Strong) and husband (Colin Firth).  The film opens in theaters on October 31st.
  • Laggies – Only half-heads are glimpsed in the debut poster for Lynn Shelton’s dramedy about a woman (Keira Knightley) who decides to run literally away from adulthood by hanging out with a teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her father (Sam Rockwell).  The film opens in theaters on October 24th.  Read Matt’s review here.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Trailer: Nicole Kidman Can’t Remember the Day Before in Thriller Co-Starring Colin Firth and Mark Strong

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Studio Canal UK has released the first Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who loses her memory every time she wakes up.  As she learns more clues about her condition, she begins to uncover a dark mystery about why she can’t retain her memories.  Although it looks like the movie is aiming for a Memento vibe, it strikes me as a really disturbing sequel to 50 First Dates.

Hit the jump to check out the Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  The film opens on September 12th, and co-stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Release Dates for BLACK MASS, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, AS ABOVE SO BELOW, and THE LOFT

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A few release dates:

  • Warner Bros. has scheduled the Whitey Bulger biopic starring Johnny Depp (working title: Black Mass) for September 18, 2015.
  • Led by Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong, Before I Go to Sleep opens September 12, 2014.
  • Universal will push As Above, So Below from August 15 to August 29, 2014.  Universal previously had The Loft on August 29, but now plans to delay the release indefinitely.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  More on each project after the jump.

Imogen Poots May Star Opposite Aaron Paul in NEED FOR SPEED; Mark Strong Joins Nicole Kidman in BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, Plus the Film’s First Poster

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Check out the latest casting news in brief below:

  • Imogen Poots (Fright Night) has been cast opposite Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in the Need for Speed adaptation directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor).
  • Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will join Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!) in Before I Go to Sleep, director Rowan Joffe’s psychological thriller adapted from S.J. Watson’s best-selling book.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) will star in in the indie coming-of-age drama, Mixtape, directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas).

Hit the jump for more info on each picture, plus the first poster and synopsis for Before I Go to Sleep.

Rowan Joffe to Adapt BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

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Writer-director Rowan Joffe (Brighton Rock) is set to adapt Steve Watson’s debut novel Before I Go to SleepVariety reports that the story is about “a young woman who, after a night of partying, wakes up to discover that she has aged beyond recognition.”  I like how the book is described as a “psychological thriller” when that logline could just as easily be applied to an Anna Faris comedy.

Joffe penned the script for The American, and his directorial debut, Brighton Rock, is currently playing at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Before I Go to Sleep will be produced under Ridley and Tony Scott’s production company, Scott Free.  StudioCanal will executive produce.

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