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Box office report: 'Ouija' scares up $20 million, 'Citizenfour' opens strong

Ouija, the microbudget, board game-inspired horror pic, came out on top in its opening weekend with a strong (but expected) $20 million showing from 2,858 locations. Meanwhile, Keanu Reeves’ John Wick proved its own strength with a $14.15 million weekend, which doesn’t look all that impressive on its own but is almost double what tracking predicted for the bloody revenge thriller.

Critics may have hated Ouija (even audiences slapped it with a C CinemaScore), but it is a box office truth universally acknowledged that teens will turn out for horror films, no matter how poorly reviewed — especially when they open just days before Halloween. Audiences were a whopping 75 percent under 25, 61 percent female and ethnically mixed. (39 percent of audiences were Hispanic, 31 percent Caucasian, and 12 percent African American.) It also opened in five international territories to $1.3 million and will continue its rollout over the next few months. Ouija cost Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes under $5 million to produce, so no matter what sort of dramatic drop off Ouija might suffer in weekend two, it’s already another micro budget success for Universal and Blumhouse.

“We saw how this film worked with its target audience,” Universal’s President of Domestic Distribution Nikki Rocco told EW. “We watched the tracking for the last three weeks, and there is something to be said for making these microbudget films and making them really, really work. The PG-13 was so smart. It works. PG-13 works. And here are the results.”

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Watch Bill Murray garden and croon Dylan in 'St. Vincent' clip

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Bill Murray’s mischievous spirit is on full display as he croons along to the classic Bob Dylan song “Shelter From the Storm” in a new clip from his upcoming St. Vincent.

He also smokes and endeavors to water a sad-looking potted plant in the simple, amusing sequence via Deadline. The movie, which opens in limited release Oct. 10, stars Murray as the titular Vincent, a crank of a war vet who babysits his new next-door neighbor. Melissa McCarthy stars as the young boy’s mother and Naomi Watts plays a Russian prostitute. READ FULL STORY

Bill Murray looks like a god in the first 'St. Vincent' poster

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Even though Ghostbusters was just rereleased in theaters, Bill Murray is already set for a heavenly return back to the big screen in St. Vincent.

Murray stars as an elderly recluse with a secret heart of gold that begins to shine when he starts taking care of his young neighbor and his mom, played by Melissa McCarthy. Naomi Watts also stars as Murray’s girlfriend, who just happens to be a stripper and pregnant. The film premiered as the headlining event on “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and will open in theaters gradually across the country beginning Oct. 10. Check out the three Oscar nominees in the film’s first poster below:

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The Toronto Film Festival accidentally oversold its Bill Murray day

Thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 5 will no longer just be known as, well, Sept. 5. Instead, the festival has declared something of a Bill Murray holiday, during which it will premiere Murray’s new film, St. Vincent, following free screenings of Stripes, Groundhog Day, and Ghostbusters. Only, there’s one tiny problem: The festival oversold the world premiere of St. Vincent.

Due to what the festival has called a “computer error,” it oversold both the premiere of St. Vincent and the world premiere of The Drop starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini.
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Video: Bill Murray babysits for Melissa McCarthy in 'St. Vincent' trailer

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Bill Murray has hit bottom in the first trailer for St. Vincent. A hedonistic war vet, Murray’s Vincent is a cranky drunk who cavorts around with strippers and gets enraged at the slightest things. His bank account is overdrawn, he’s got an unexplained head wound, and a massive tree branch just fell on his car.

But Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher), the young boy who’s just moved in next door with his newly divorced mom (Melissa McCarthy), hardly notices all the vices and edges and starts to take to Vincent, and his mom agrees to let him look after Oliver for $11/hour. Predictably, Vincent’s idea of babysitting is unconventional at best.

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