Ouija spooks North American box office
A horror film about young people who use an Ouija board to contact the spirit world has topped the North American box office in the run-up to Halloween.
The low-budget “Ouija”, starring Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke, made $20m between Friday and Sunday, according to studio estimates. That put it ahead of “John Wick”, Keanu Reeves' latest thriller, which made $14.2m over the same period.
Last week's top film, Brad Pitt's World War II tank drama “Fury”, fell to three.
Made for just $5m, the success of “Ouija” is testament to US moviegoers' appetite for modestly-budgeted supernatural fare without big-name stars.
Meanwhile, “John Wick”, in which Reeves plays a retired assassin out for revenge, exceeded industry expectations with its second place opening. This week's top five was rounded out by David Fincher's “Gone Girl” and animated title “The Book of Life”.