Bold Box Office Predictions


Notable Openings This Weekend: Before I Go to Sleep, Nightcrawler

It’s time for a spoooooooooooooky edition of Bold Box Office Predictions. Well, not really. Halloween weekend probably doesn’t mean a whole lot of business at the box office, and there won’t be. This is the calm before the storm as next weekend starts a string of massive openings. Nolan. “Dumb” sequels. And of course Katniss “I shoot gold doubloons out of my arrows” Everdeen. But we’ll get to that stuff soon enough. Despite a lack of big titles opening, there is one potential gem that has been getting a lot of buzz, so at least we got that going for us.


Nightcrawler has been getting a lot of love, especially for its star (Jake Gyllenhaal) who will no doubt garner some Oscar talk. Personally, I don’t think the trailers have been that intriguing, but I can definitely see the potential. I haven’t seen Los Angeles shot this well since Drive back in 2011. This is one of those movies that may not break the bank opening weekend, but word of mouth might be able to carry it in future weeks. In a throwaway weekend though, its positioned itself pretty well.

Then we have Before I Go to Sleep. I honestly just found out this movie existed, despite starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong. I think the marketing budget on this thing was maybe $6 bucks, which means it probably blows bags and the studio wanted to dump it fast. Move along, nothing to see here.


Thanks to great reviews and pathetic competition, Nightcrawler over performs to an easy #1 finish. Gone Girl barely knocks Before I Go to Sleep from the top five.


1. Nightcrawler — $17 Million
2. Ouija — $11 Million
3. John Wick – $9.5 Million
4. Fury — $7.5 Million
5. Gone Girl — $5.5 Million

Daniel Cohen is the Film Editor for Pop-Break. Aside from reviews, Daniel does a weekly box office predictions column, and also contributes monthly Top Tens and Op-Ed’s on all things film. Daniel is a graduate of Bates College with a degree in English, and also studied Screenwriting at UCLA. He can also be read on His movie crush is Jessica Rabbit. Follow him on Twitter @dcohenwriter.


Daniel Cohen is the hard-boiled Film Editor for the Pop Break. Besides reviews, Daniel writes box office predictions, Gotham reviews and Oscar coverage. He can also be found on the Breakcast. If Daniel was sprayed by Scarecrow's fear toxin, it would be watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on a non-stop loop.