Ouija scares off Nightcrawler at Halloween box office

Ouija, which went straight to number one last weekend, earned US$10.7 million (S$13.8 million) in its second week in theatres, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. -- PHOTO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Ouija, which went straight to number one last weekend, earned US$10.7 million (S$13.8 million) in its second week in theatres, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. -- PHOTO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Horror movie Ouija held off creepy thriller Nightcrawler to stay atop the Halloween weekend box office in North America, industry figures showed on Monday, Nov 3, 2014.

Ouija, which went straight to number one last weekend, earned US$10.7 million (S$13.8 million) in its second week in theatres, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a sleazy videojournalist who patrols Los Angeles at night hunting for gory footage to sell to a local television network, was just a fraction behind on US$10.4 million.

Third place was taken by the Brad Pitt World War II tank drama Fury, with US$8.8 million, ahead of David Fincher thriller Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck, which added another US$8.5 million to its five-week haul.

Animated comedy The Book Of Life, featuring the voices of Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum, was in fifth place at US$8.2 million.

John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as a former hitman who returns from retirement to take revenge on gangsters who attacked him, raked in just under US$8 million in ticket sales to take sixth place.

St Vincent, a comedy starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts, held onto seventh place. The film, about a young boy who befriends the crusty war veteran living next door, earned US$7.2 million.

Disney's Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - based on a children's book of the same name and starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner - came in eighth place at just under US$6.6 million.

Legal drama The Judge, pairing Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr, was ninth with US$3.4 million.

Action-horror film Dracula Untold - depicting the vampire as a flawed hero in a tragic love tale - rounded out the top 10 with US$3 million.

Elsewhere this weekend, Nicole Kidman suffered her worst large-scale opening in the thriller Before I Go To Sleep, which took just over US$2 million after a wide release across 1,935 theatres.

The movie stars the Australian Oscar-winner opposite Colin Firth as a woman suffering from chronic amnesia who wakes up every morning with no recollection of her life from her early 20s onwards.

The weak opening marks another disappointing flop for Kidman after Grace Of Monaco, which was booed at the Cannes festival earlier this year and savaged by critics.