Nightcrawler and Ouija topped the North American box office on Halloween weekend, with both films taking $10.9 million.
The weekend takings for crime thriller Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ambulance-chasing freelance cameraman, were ahead by just $8,700 according to studio estimates.
However, the two films could swap places once the final takings are confirmed.
Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ambulance-chasing freelance cameraman
Horror movie Ouija is based on the board game used by some to try and contact the dead.
The low-budget supernatural horror was last week’s number one and is games company Hasbro’s first venture into the film industry.
Brad Pitt’s World War Two film Fury was in third place with an estimated $9.1 million, while Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike’s thriller Gone Girl was still performing well in fourth place, four weeks after its release.
Director David Fincher’s take on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling book took $8.8 million over the weekend, while animated adventure The Book of Life was in fifth place with $8.3 million.
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Ouija has topped the North American box office in the run-up to Halloween.
The horror film about young people who use an Ouija board to contact the spirit world.
The low-budget Ouija, starring Olivia Cooke, made $20 million between Friday and Sunday, according to studio estimates.
That put it ahead of John Wick, Keanu Reeves’ latest thriller, which made $14.2 million over the same period.
Last week’s top film, Brad Pitt’s World War II tank drama Fury, fell to three.
Made for just $5 million, Ouija‘s success is testament to US moviegoers’ appetite for modestly-budgeted supernatural fare without big-name stars.
Ouija has topped the North American box office in the run-up to Halloween
Blumhouse Productions, the company behind the film, has enjoyed similar success with the Insidious, Purge and Paranormal Activity series.
Meanwhile, John Wick, in which Keanu 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.
Next week’s chart is likely to be dominated by Interstellar, the latest sci-fi epic from British director Christopher Nolan.
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