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BOX OFFICE: “Ouija” Brings Forth $20 Million Debut, “Guardians” Keeps Rolling

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BOX OFFICE: “Ouija” Brings Forth $20 Million Debut, “Guardians” Keeps Rolling

Audiences in need of some pre-Halloween scares moved “Ouija” to the top spot of the North American box office this weekend. The Universal horror film based around the Hasbro-owned “spirit board” is estimated to have picked up $20 million in its debut, earning back its under-$20 million production budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Second place belonged to “John Wick,” starring Keanu Reeves as a retired assassin who comes back for revenge against Russian mobsters. The Lionsgate film earned $14.2 million and is a bounce-back for Reeves — one of the recent names brought into the “Doctor Strange” casting rumors. His previous film, 2013’s “47 Ronin,” opened to $9.9 million last year, and carried a $175 million production budget.

Third and fourth place belonged to previous box office champs, “Fury” and “Gone Girl,” who picked up $13.1 million and $11.1 million, respectively.

Internationally, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has now earned $750 million worldwide, with 56.3% of its gross — $424 million — being earned overseas, according to Box Office Mojo. Comparing international grosses with this year’s other superhero films, “Guardians” has now edged past “X-Men: Days of Future Past’s” $746 million, as well as “Captain America 2: The Winter Solider” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” that have respectively cashed in at $714 million and $708 million worldwide.

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