LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Spooky thriller “Ouija” haunted the top of the North American box office, debuting in first place, industry estimates showed Sunday.
The supernatural horror flick, about a group of friends who awaken an ancient spirit with a Ouija board, a game where players attempt to talk with ghosts, earned US$20 million in its opening weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Another new release, action movie “John Wick”, blasted into second place, pushing Brad Pitt’s latest war movie “Fury” down to third.
Starring Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who returns from retirement to take revenge on gangsters who attacked him, “John Wick” raked in $14.2 million in ticket sales.
“Fury”, a gory World War II film that has already been turned into a video game, fell from first place. It earned $13 million, putting its two-week total at just over $46 million.
“Gone Girl”, starring Ben Affleck as a husband accused of murdering his wife (Rosamund Pike), was just behind with $11.1 million, good enough for fourth place, putting its four-week haul at $124 million.
Animated comedy “The Book of Life”, featuring the voices of Mexican star Diego Luna, as well as Hollywood’s Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum, was in fifth, with $9.8 million in box office sales.