Final UPDATE, Monday, 2:25 PM: The finally tallies are in with Universal’s horror film Ouija and the Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick winning the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. St. Vincent, which went wide, did okay for The Weinstein Co. With terrific exit polling, it should get some more play. In their second weekends, Sony/QED’s Fury held well (-44%) as did Fox’s animated The Book of Life (-41%). Relativity’s The Best of Me wasn’t as lucky (-54%). NOTEWORTHY: We’ve included the grosses for the Bollywood heist film Happy New Yea from our own sources as Rentrak did not report for it. There are still no official numbers for the the film which we know tallied biggest opening weekend in Indian Cinema history (per its producer). Strange as to why they are not touting the numbers and reporting them as soon as possible, but it appears everyone is waiting for the the India distrib to get their act together.

There’s only one weekend left to go before two big fall films open: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6. Interstellar from Paramount, Warner Bros. and producer Lynda Obst will bow on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in 250 theaters which should build its gross nicely before the three-day weekend. Big Hero 6 also expected to soar.

But until then, we have Halloween weekend and Open Road’s newcomer Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a creepy ‘journalist’ (uh, yeah, I know a few of those) competing against the second weekend of Ouija and the 10th anniversary re-release of the horror flick Saw — which grossed $55.1M its first time around domestically and $103M worldwide. Nightcrawler opens Thursday night at 7 PM, Saw opens at 8 PM.

Here’s the Top 20 chart:

1). Ouija (UNI), 2,858 theaters / 3-day cume: $19.8M / Per screen: $6,995 / Wk 1

2). John Wick (LGF), 2,589 theaters / 3-day cume: $14.4M / Per screen: $5,568 / Wk 13

3). Fury (SONY), 3,173 theaters / 3-day cume: $13.3M (-44%) / Per screen: $4,209 / Total cume: $46.4M / Wk 2

4). Gone Girl (FOX), 3,106 theaters (-143) / 3-day cume: $11M / Per screen: $3,556 / Total cume: $124M / Wk 4

5). The Book of Life (FOX), 3,113 theaters (+42) / 3-day cume: $10M (-41%) / Per screen: $3,228 / Total cume: $30.1M / Wk 2

6). St. Vincent (TWC), 2,282 theaters (+2,214) / 3-day cume: $7.7M / Per screen: $3,395 / Total cume: $8.8M / Wk 3

7). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (DIS), 3,117 theaters (+29) / 3-day cume: $7.1M / Per screen: $2,309 / Total cume: $45.7M / Wk 3

8). The Best of Me (REL), 2,936 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $4.6M (-54%) / Per screen: $1,575 / Total cume: $17.5M / Wk 2

9). Dracula Untold (UNI), 2,364 theaters (-536) / 3-day cume: $4.39M / Per screen: $1,860 / Total cume: $48.4M / Wk 3

10). The Judge (WB), 2,610 theaters (-393) / 3-day cume: $4.36M / Per screen: $1,683 / Total cume: $34.3M / Wk 3

11). Annabelle (WB), 2,505 theaters (-373) / 3-day cume: $3.3M / Per screen: $1,337 / Total cume: $79.5M / Wk 4

12). The Equalizer (SONY), 1,636 theaters (-626) / 3-day cume: $2.7M / Per screen: $1,696 / Total cume: $93.7M / Wk 5

13). The Maze Runner (FOX), 1,496 theaters (-659) / 3-day cume: $2.3M / Per screen: $1,572 / Total cume: $94.1M / Wk 6

14). Happy New Year (YRF), 255 theaters / 3-day cume: $2M+ / Per screen: $7,843 / Wk 1*

15). Addicted (LGF), 956 theaters (-81) / 3-day cume: $1.4M / Per screen: $1,600 / Total cume: $15.3M / Wk 3

16). Birdman (FSL), 50 theaters (+46) / 3-day cume: $1.3M (+225%) / Per screen: $27,593 / Total cume: $2M / Wk 2

17). Dear White People (RSA), 384 theaters (+373) / 3-day cume: $1.2M (+260%) / Per screen: $3,283 / Total cume: $1.6M / Wk 2

18). The Boxtrolls (FOC), 1,107 theaters (-1,144) / 3-day cume: $929K / Per screen: $840 / Total cume: $47.6M / Wk 5

19). Guardians of the Galaxy (DIS), 402 theaters (-328) / 3-day cume: $554K / Per screen: $1,379 / Total cume: $328.6M / Wk 13

20). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 300 theaters (-72) / 3-day cume: $373K / Per screen: $1,252 / Total cume: $190.1M / Wk 1

*Deadline estimates based on industry sources.

4th UPDATE, Sunday 8:08 AM: Ouija won the weekend but it didn’t win the exit polling — that went to the Bill MurrayMelissa McCarthy film St. Vincent. Still, the horror project will end up with around $19M to $20M in its first weekend with Halloween right around the corner, so this Universal/Blumhouse special can expect another weekend of play.

Okay, why would anyone make a big-budget Keanu Reeves picture when his average opening for a wide-release film is only $16.9M (after John Wick‘s $14M to $15M opening this weekend). Anyone? Anyone? (Bueller?) With a B CinemaScore, it likely will have a 2.9 multiple, tapping out around $40M domestically.

stvincentSt. Vincent, which went wide this weekend and should grab $7.8M to $8M, had an A- CinemaScore and terrific exit polls. We asked Erik Lomis, TWC’s president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment, to weigh in this AM: “St. Vincent has exits of 90% in the top 2 boxes and a 72% definite recommend. It is playing great in middle and smaller town America which means that it will have long legs and longevity.”

Lomis said existing theaters were only down 19% despite new entries.

Our specialty box office story has more on Birdman, but wanted to note that it looks like its per-screen average is hovering at $28K. Nicely done, Mr. Rodriguez (FSL distrib honcho).

Ouija, based on the spirit board game from Hasbro, was long in development at Universal, which had been working on a number of toy properties: Kenner & Denys Fisher’s Stretch Armstrong (which has bounced around Hollywood for years and is now under the Hasbro purview), Battleship (yeah, that monstrosity), Hasbro’s Clue and the Hasbro/Landmark’s Candyland (now in litigation) and Parker Bros.’ Monopoly. (Hasbro bought Parker Bros. back in 1991).

All the projects went into turnaround except for Peter Berg‘s shipwreck of a movie, Battleship. And then Ouija revealed itself in a different way after lots of development money was poured into this film. After McG was going to direct with Michael Bay producing a big-budget production north of $150M, the studio said no and movie boardgame was put back on the shelf. (Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners are still listed as producers).

Eventually, Universal took the game back out, blew the dust off the board and brought in the king of the micro-budget horror film, Jason Blum, who said, “yeah, I can do this on a shoestring.” So, it was made for around $5M, according to the studio, and becomes the seventh Blumhouse No. 1 horror opening.

As we previously reported, it was skewing heavily towards teen girls and Hispanics. Thank God for the brand name on this baby as that alone should carry it through to home entertainment. Certainly, word of mouth won’t. It, like so many other horror films, received only a C CinemaScore. If anyone knows the Uni exec who brought Ouija out of retirement at Universal, please let us know. Anyone? Anyone? (Bueller?).

Sony/QED’s Fury is now the highest domestic gross of the five films directed by David Ayer — which isn’t saying much; the last record the Sabotage writer/director had was End of Watch, which took $41M in 2012. Fury dropped only 44% in its second frame.

Other sophomore players included Fox/Reel FX’s animated The Book of Life (which dropped 42%) and Relativity’s The Best of Me (-54%).

Kudos to Paramount’s international team, which just saw its domestic hit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kick it over $200M abroad. For more on that, as well as Lucys China debut, and Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 (it opened overseas in advance of its domestic run), read my colleague Nancy Tartaglione’s international box office report.

Here’s the estimated Top Ten chart with the final Top 20 coming tomorrow:

1). Ouija (UNI), 2,858 theaters / $8.2M Fri. (includes $911K late nights) / $7.58M Sat. (-8%) / $4.5M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $19.7M to $20M / Wk 1

2). John Wick (LGF), 2,589 theaters / $5.4M Fri. (includes $870K late nights) / $5.3M Sat. (-2%) / $3.4M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $14M to $15M / Wk 13

3). Fury (SONY), 3,173 theaters / $4M Fri. / $5.69M Sat. (+39%) / $3.69M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $13.2M (-44%) / Total cume: $46.4M / Wk 2

4). Gone Girl (FOX), 3,106 theaters (-143) / $3.4M Fri. / $4.9M Sat. (+42%) / $2.7M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $11.1M / Total cume: $124M+ / Wk 4

5). The Book of Life (FOX), 3,133 theaters (+42) / $2.4M Fri. / $4.3M Sat. (+81%) / $3.3M Sun. (-25%) / 3-day cume: $9.8M (-42%) / Total cume: $29.9M / Wk 2

6). St. Vincent (TWC), 2,282 theaters (+2,214) / $2.5M Fri. / $3.3M Sat. (+31%) / $2.1M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $7.8M to $8M / Total cume: $9.2M / Wk 3

7). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (DIS), 3,117 theaters (+29) / $2M Fri. / $3.25M Sat. (+31%) / $1.78M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $7M / Total cume: $45.5M / Wk 3

8). The Best of Me (REL), 2,936 theaters (0) / $1.58M Fri. / $1.94M Sat. (+23%) / $1M Sun. / 3-day cume: $4.58M (-54%) / Total cume: $17.6M / Wk 2

9). The Judge (WB), 2,610 theaters (-393) / $1.3M Fri. / $1.2M Fri. / $1.94M Sat. (+48%) / $1M Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $4.3M / Total cume: $34.3M / Wk 3

10). Dracula Untold (UNI), 2,364 theaters (-536) / $1.2M Fri. / $1.9M Sat. +54%) / $1.1M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $4.29M / Total cume: $48.3M / Wk 3

3rd UPDATE, Saturday, 11:51 PM: Ouija is still on track for around a $20M weekend to take the No. one spot bragging rights for Universal and Blumhouse. John Wick‘s Saturday was not as strong as expected for Lionsgate and will end the weekend at around $14M and change. Keanu Reeves’ average opening box office weekend for wide releases now goes down further into the $16M range. Middle age is a drag … unless you’re Brad Pitt. Fury is holding well for Sony/QED, and is expected down only 45% in its second frame. Ted MelfiIt was a well-reviewed war pic with a stellar supporting cast. St. Vincent didn’t make it into the Top Five, but will end the weekend with a respectable $7.9M or so, and with an A- CinemaScore and a very watchable cast should have a decent multiple for The Weinstein Co. and Chernin Entertainment. Writer/director Ted Melfi is the real deal.

In the No. 4 spot is Gone Girl from Fox and New Regency. This misogynistic thriller (what guy would ever speak of his lover’s private parts in front of a table of reporters?) which should end the weekend with a cume of around $123M to $124M. That means that this week, director David Fincher will log his highest domestic grosser ever — surpassing that of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which grossed $127.5M in 2008. So congrats to Fincher (but oy vey, that script!). Fox and Reel FX’s vibrant animated film The Book of Life rounds up the Top Five, with a strong hold, down only 42%.

f91f890662_birdman-aNOTEWORTHY: Birdman, which rolled out to 50 theaters this weekend, has been playing strong throughout the day, up about 36% from Friday so should end the weekend with a haul of about $1.4M or an estimated per screen average of $29K. New Regency and Fox Searchlight should be happy not only for that but also that the film’s star Michael Keaton — who went from Batman to Birdman — is getting some Oscar buzz. The chart follows:

1). Ouija (UNI), 2,858 theaters / $8.2M Fri. (includes $911K late nights) / $7.5M Sat. (-9%) / 3-day cume: $20M+ / Wk 1

2). John Wick (LGF), 2,589 theaters / $5.4M Fri. (includes $870K late nights) / $5.2M to $5.3M Sat. (-2%) / 3-day cume: $14M+ / Wk 1

3). Fury (SONY), 3,173 theaters / $4M Fri. / $5.4M to $5.6M Sat. (+37%) / 3-day cume: $12.8M to $13.1M to (-45%) / Total cume: $46M / Wk 2

4). Gone Girl (FOX), 3,106 theaters (-143) / $3.4M Fri. / $4.7M to $4.9M Sat. (+41%) / 3-day cume: $10.6M to $11M / Total cume: $124M / Wk 4

5). The Book of Life (FOX), 3,113 theaters (+42) / $2.4M Fri. / $4.1M to $4.3M Sat. (+75%) / 3-day cume: $9.5M to $9.9M (-42%) / Total cume: $29M to $30M / Wk 2

6). St. Vincent (TWC), 2,282 theaters (+2,214) / $2.5M Fri. / $3.27M Sat. (30%) / 3-day cume: $7.9M / Total cume: $9M / Wk 3

NOTEWORTHY: Birdman (FSL), 50 theaters (+46) / $429K Fri. /$583K Sat. (+36%) / 3-day cume: $1.4M / Per screen: $29K / Total cume: $2.1M / Wk 2

2nd UPDATE, Saturday 7:53 AM: This morning’s estimates are pretty much on the money with what we had last night with few exceptions. Ouija could actually pull off a $20M weekend for Universal and Blumhouse if their audiences hold today, and the Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick from Lionsgate will likely come in right around $15M, as we predicted. For a micro-budgeted film, this horror film — talking Ouija, not the ultra-violent John Wick — should end up yet another profitable horror entry for the studio despite its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad C CinemaScore. st-vincent-movie-reviewsSt. Vincent, in its expansion, is holding its own for The Weinstein Co. and Chernin Entertainment could end up with around $7.8M. With an A- CinemaScore, this dramedy with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy headlining should continue to generate good word-of-mouth. birdman-keatonThe Michael Keaton comeback film Birdman could end the weekend with around a $28K per screen for Fox Searchlight while the Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour is also performing strong with an expected per of $21K for Radius.

Brad PItt Fury TrailerIn its sophomore frame, Fury is holding for Sony well based on strong reviews and Brad Pitt (he keeps what few women care about war movies very happy); it is only expected to drop 42% to bring its total cume to $46.6M Family audiences continue to turn the pages of Fox and Reel FX’s 3-D animated offering The Book of Life as its second weekend is down only 43% for a total cume of around $30M. It should round out the Top Five. This Mexican mythical tale should have another couple of weekends before mythical creature Big Hero 6 pops its little head on a big body into theaters on Nov. 7. Relativity’s The Best of Me took the worst of it in its sophomore outing with a 53% drop. This ninth film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks’ novel should end the weekend with a total cume of $17.6M

1). Ouija (UNI), 2,858 theaters / $8.2M Fri. (includes $911K late nights) / 3-day cume: $20M / Wk 1

2). John Wick (LGF), 2,589 theaters / $5.4M Fri. (includes $870K late nights) / 3-day cume: $15M+ / Wk 1

3). Fury (SONY), 3,173 theaters / $4M Fri. / 3-day cume: $13.5M (-42%) / Total cume: $46.6M / Wk 2

4). Gone Girl (FOX), 3,106 theaters (-143) / $3.4M Fri. / 3-day cume: $11M / Total cume: $124M / Wk 4

5). The Book of Life (FOX), 3,113 theaters (+42) / $2.4M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9.9M (-43%) / Total cume: $29.5M to $30M / Wk 2

6). St. Vincent (TWC), 2,282 theaters (+2,214) / $2.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.8M / Total cume: $8.9M / Wk 3

7). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (DIS), 3,117 theaters (+29) / $2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7M / Total cume: $45.5M / Wk 3

8). The Best of Me (REL), 2,936 theaters (0) / $1.58M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.6M (-53%) / Total cume: $17.6M / Wk 2

9). The Judge (WB), 2,610 theaters (-393) / $1.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.2M / Total cume: $34.3M / Wk 3

10). Dracula Untold (UNI), 2,364 theaters (-536) / $1.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.2M / Total cume: $48.2M / Wk 3

1st UPDATE, Friday 11:51 PM: Ouija’s CinemaScore is probably the most frightening thing about this movie. No wonder they wouldn’t screen it. This micro-budgeted film based on the popular Hasbro toy from Blumhouse and Universal Pictures is estimated to have scared in about $8M Friday (including the $911K from late nights) and is on track for a 3-day gross of around $19M+. Could it push to $20M? Maybe if its C CinemaScore doesn’t push it into hell. Expect it to fall off the board with its percentage drop next weekend.

John Wick, the violent R-rated film which was a co-produced with Chinese investors, had the advantage of opening in IMAX theaters this weekend. The CinemaScore is only a B which means exit polls for its core audience weren’t that great despite mixed to positive reviews. That will average out to a 2.9 multiple. Surprisingly, Keanu Reeves’ average opening is only $17.6M for wide releases. To show how horrible the tracking continues to be, this movie was tracking at $7M to $9M going into the weekend and its Friday night is already around $5.6M and it should end the weekend at around $15M.

jaeden-lieberher-in-st.-vincent-movie-7St. Vincent, which had the best exit polls of the bunch with an A- CinemaScore, may end up in the No. 6 spot this weekend as it goes wide. The three-day cume for this wonderfully directed film by Ted Melfi and starring Bill Murray and (a restrained) Melissa McCarthy could be in the $8.5M range. This little film from The Weinstein Co. and Chernin Entertainment has a big heart as it introduces a precocious new actor in Jaeden Lieberher. Chris O’Dowd also was a scene stealer.

In their second weekends, the Brad Pitt-starring war pic Fury — which has a very strong supporting cast — is holding up well for Sony and QED International. Expect a drop of only around 42% as this well-reviewed film is showing some strength. The animated family film The Book of Life from the Mexican filmmaking duo of Guillermo del Toro and Jorge Gutierrez added a handful of theaters and will have another good weekend for Fox, falling a mere 37%. It will get a boost tomorrow and Sunday from its core audience and should take the No. 5 spot. Meanwhile, the romancer The Best of Me from Relativity — which plays best with teenage girls — kept its theaters and will drop only around 48%.

birdman-keaton-nortonNoteworthy this week are two films in limited release. The first is Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as a washed up former movie superhero who is trying to prove his artistic abilities via legit theater while working hard to maintain his sanity. citizenfour_posterThis film from Fox Searchlight soared last weekend on four screens in its limited debut with an incredible per screen average of $106K, only behind FSL’s Grand Budapest Hotel per screen this year. This weekend, on 50 screens, Birdman is likely to take in about $26K for its psa. Citzenfour, the documentary about the NSA and Edward Snowden from director Laura Piotras which debuted to raves two weeks ago at the New York Film Festival, is opening strong this weekend and is also expected to garner a high per screen average of maybe $26K to $27K for distrib Radius.

1). Ouija (UNI), 2,858 theaters / $8M UNI Fri. (includes $911K late nights) / 3-day cume: $19M+ UNI / Wk 1

2). John Wick (LGF), 2,589 theaters / $5.5M Fri. to $5.7M (includes $870K late nights) / 3-day cume: $15M+ / Wk 1

3). Fury (SONY), 3,173 theaters / $4.1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $13.5M to $14M (-42%) / Total cume: $46.2M to $47.3M / Wk 2

4). Gone Girl (FOX), 3,106 theaters (-143) / $3.4M to $3.6M Fri. / 3-day cume: $11M to $12M / Total cume: $124.1M / Wk 4

5). The Book of Life (FOX), 3,113 theaters (+42) / $2.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $9.9M to $10.7M (-37%) / Total cume: $30.9M / Wk 2

6). St. Vincent (TWC), 2,282 theaters (+2,214) / $2.6M to $2.8M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.8M to $8.5M / Total cume: $10.9M / Wk 3

7). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (DIS), 3,117 theaters (+29) / $1.8M to $2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7M / Total cume: $44.3M / Wk 3

8). The Best of Me (REL), 2,936 theaters (0) / $1.7M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5.2M (-48%) / Total cume: $18.1M / Wk 2

9). The Judge (WB), 2,610 theaters (-393) / $1.4M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.2M to $4.6M / Total cume: $24.7M / Wk 3

10). Dracula Untold (UNI), 2,364 theaters (-536) / $1.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4M+ / Total cume: $48.5M / Wk 3

NOTEWORTHY: Birdman (FSL), 50 theaters (+46) / $380K Fri. / 3-day cume: $1.3M / Per screen: $26K / Total cume: $1.9M / Wk 2

Citizenfour (RAD), 5 theaters / $55K Fri. / 3-day cume: $134K / Per screen: $26K to $27K / Wk 1

PREVIOUSLY, Friday 1:24 PM: Matinee numbers are coming in with Universal/Blumhouse’s PG-13 rated horror film Ouija leading the pack for what looks now like an $8M Friday (which includes the late night grosses of $911K) on its way to a $19.2M weekend and it may struggle to get to $20M+. The horror crowd doesn’t really arrive in theater until this evening and tonight. These horror films do best on the front-fan-loaded Fridays which might be the case here as well and then falling a bit flat on Saturday and do less. Not looking for a great CinemaScore for this one either as the studio clearly knows what it had and has kept it away from the critics.

Loinsgate’s John Wick is on track for a $5.5M Friday (which includes the $875K from early showings) so could gross around $14.5M to $15M for the three-day; again, its core R-rated audiences have yet to arrive in theaters. Tonight’s numbers will give us a better idea of what this Keanu Reeves action pic may end up with.

furyRight now, the second weekend of Brad Pitt’s war pic is in third place and may drop around 45% for the three-day which would be a pretty good hold. It’s still early but right now it looks to do somewhere around $11M to $12.5M — although one estimate has it as high as $14M+. Gone Girl, which surpassed $100M last weekend and has led the mid-week grosses for Fox and New Regency, is sitting  in No. 4 and should stay solidly there with a three-day gross of anywhere from $10M to $11M. It’s cume should be hovering around $123M this after this frame.

melissa-mccarthy-in-st.-vincent-movie-3Rounding out the Top Five is The Weinstein Co.’s Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy dramedy St. Vincent — my favorite film of the this weekend and a definite recommend — which could do around $8M to $9M+ after building some good word-of-mouth in limited release. I’m also hearing that Fox Searchlight’s Michael Keaton, Ed Norton starrer Birdman — which garnered an outstanding $202K per screen last weekend —  is still playing strong with its expansion into 50 theaters.