By Daniel Garris
John Wick took in $1.30 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for the first time. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate was down 64 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. John Wick continues to perform on the high end of expectations with a four-day start of $15.72 million. That places the film 17 percent ahead of the $13.47 million four-day take of 2008's Street Kings. John Wick has received a nice boost from strong IMAX sales.
Sony's Fury finished in a close second place with $1.19 million. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt fell 67 percent from Sunday and a sharp 50 percent from last Monday. Fury has grossed $47.59 million in eleven days and is on course to surpass the $50 million domestic mark on Wednesday. The film is currently running 2 percent ahead of the $46.58 million eleven-day take of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year.
Universal's Ouija was down 73 percent and two spots from Sunday to place in third on Monday with $1.04 million. In the process, low-budget PG-13 horror film from Platinum Dunes surpassed the $20 million mark yesterday. Ouija has grossed a solid $20.92 million in four days. That is on the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 22 percent ahead of the $17.17 million four-day start of last year's Carrie.
Fox's Gone Girl claimed fourth place with $0.88 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was down 67 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. With a 25-day take of $124.91 million, Gone Girl is now on the verge of surpassing the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become the highest grossing film of Fincher's career (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).
The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent rounded out Monday's top five with $0.62 million. The low-budget comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy fell 66 percent from Sunday. St. Vincent has grossed $9.499 million to date and is set to surpass the $10 million mark today.
The Book of Life followed in sixth place with $0.51 million. The modestly budgeted 3D computer animated film from Fox was down 84 percent from Sunday and down 39 percent from last Monday. The eleven-day total for The Book of Life stands at $30.67 million, which is towards the lower end of expectations.
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About "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
By Daniel Garris
Universal's Ouija led the way this weekend with a first place debut of $19.88 million. The low-budget PG-13 horror film debuted on the low end of pre-release expectations. While it didn't reach the opening weekend heights of other Platinum Dunes horror films, Ouija still marks another solid performer for the production company. Ouija was no doubt helped out a bit by opening in close proximity to Halloween, but was also likely hurt a bit by arriving so soon in the marketplace after the breakout success of Warner's Annabelle. The film opened 23.5 percent ahead of the $16.10 million start of last year's Carrie and 33 percent below the $29.82 million debut of The Purge: Anarchy earlier this year.
Ouija debuted with $8.30 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.91 million from late night Thursday shows), fell a respectable 8 percent on Saturday to take in $7.64 million and declined 49 percent on Sunday to gross $3.93 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.39 to 1, which is respectable for a horror film and was likely boosted a bit by the film's appeal with younger moviegoers. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (75 percent) and towards female moviegoers (61 percent). Ouija received a C rating on CinemaScore, which while lackluster, isn't necessarily a troubling score for a horror film.
John Wick debuted in second place with $14.42 million. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate opened towards the higher end of expectations, which had risen in recent weeks due in part to surging online activity for the film. John Wick represented just the second wide release for Reeves since 2008's The Day the Earth Stood Still (the other being last year's 47 Ronin) and showcases that Reeves still has some drawing power after being out of the spotlight in recent years. The film debuted 16 percent ahead of the $12.47 million start of 2008's Street Kings and will hope to hold up better than that film did, thanks in part to strong critical reviews.
John Wick opened with $5.45 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.87 million from late night Thursday shows), fell a slim 1 percent on Saturday to gross $5.38 million and fell 33 percent on Sunday to take in $3.59 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.65 to 1. The audience breakdown for John Wick skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (77 percent). The film received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore.
Sony's Fury was down two spots and a sizable 44 percent from last weekend's first place debut to claim third with $13.36 million. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt had held up nicely during the midweek, but likely took a bit of a hit over the weekend from the added presence of John Wick in the marketplace. Fury may also be relatively weekday heavy in general based on its performance thus far. The film has grossed a solid $46.41 million in ten days. That is on the lower end of expectations and is 5 percent ahead of the $44.14 million ten-day start of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year (which fell 30 percent in its second weekend to gross $15.48 million).
Fox's Gone Girl continued its impressive run with a fourth place take of $11.04 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was down a solid 37 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl continues to distance itself from pre-release expectations with a 24-day take of $124.04 million. The film is now on the verge of surpassing the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become the highest grossing film of Fincher's career (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).
Fellow Fox release The Book of Life rounded out the weekend's top five with $10.05 million. The modestly budgeted 3D computer animated film was down a noteworthy 41 percent from last weekend's debut. The Book of Life may have taken a bit of a hit from the PG-13 rated Ouija this weekend and producer Guillermo del Toro's involvement may have also led to some additional front-loading. The Book of Life has grossed a solid $30.16 million in ten days. That is towards the lower end of expectations and is 6 percent below the recent $32.09 million ten-day take of The Boxtrolls.
In its first weekend of wide release, The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent was off to a promising sixth place performance with $7.75 million. The low-budget comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy received a larger expansion this weekend than was initially expected. The move paid off, as St. Vincent opened towards the higher end of expectations and took in a respectable per-location average of $3,395 for the frame. St. Vincent grossed $2.55 million on Friday, increased a healthy 31 percent on Saturday to take in $3.34 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $1.86 million. That placed the film's weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 3.04 to 1. The film's A- rating on CinemaScore is also a promising early sign going forward.
Annabelle crossed the $100 million overseas and $200 million global milestones over the weekend. The film led the overseas box office with a $26.5 million weekend haul from 62 territories, finishing its latest outing outside of North America with a $126.7 million cume. The film has grossed a total of $206.2 million worldwide. Mexico registered the biggest opening weekend of all time for a horror movie and the biggest 2D opening weekend of the year with an $11.7 million tally.
Lucy took a roaring debut from China, grossing $19 million from the market and taking a combined weekend take of $19.6 million from 41 markets. The film is up to $307.6 million overseas and $434 million worldwide.
Gone Girl grossed $18.4 million over the weekend, bringing its overseas haul up to $118.3 million. The film took the top spot in South Korea with a $3.8 million debut. Gone Girl has grossed a total of $242.3 million worldwide with five more markets left on its schedule.
Dracula Untold bit into another $14.7 million at 7,400 dates across 59 territories, including four #1 premieres. Brazil and Spain posted the top premiere numbers, bringing a combined $4.5 million. The film is up to $117.7 million overseas and $166 million worldwide.
The Maze Runner is keeping up with the competition, grossing $12.6 million over the weekend to take its overseas total up to $179.2 million. The film has grossed a total of $273.2 million globally and will expand to China next weekend.
Hercules flexed its muscles overseas with an $11.3 million haul over the weekend. The film opened in China and Japan for a combined $10.9 million.Hercules has now grossed a total of $165.5 million overseas and $238.1 million globally.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles passed the $200 million mark overseas after bringing in $10.8 million from 32 territories. The film has grossed a total of $201.9 million outside of North America and $392 million worldwide. The Turtles will expand to China next weekend.
Guardians of the Galaxy enjoyed a $3.4 million debut in Italy, its final overseas territory. The film put in a $10.3 million performance outside of North America over the weekend and has grossed a total of $424 million overseas. China continues to be the film's top market with $84.4 million. Guardians has grossed a worldwide total of $752.6 million.
The Book of Life earned $7.8 million over the weekend, bringing its overseas haul up to $18 million. The animated film has grossed $49.9 million worldwide.
The Judge earned $6.9 million from 47 markets, taking its overseas cume to $19 million. The film has grossed a total of $54.2 million worldwide.
Big Hero 6 opened in Russia and Ukraine ahead of North America over the weekend and grossed $5 million. Russia took the lion's share of the figure with a $4.8 million bow.
The Boxtrolls took $3.7 million from 47 territories, bringing the overseas haul up to $41.5 million. The animated film has grossed $89 million globally.
Ouija opened day-and-date across five territories, taking $1.3 million from 234 dates in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Poland and Slovenia. A $20 million North America debut puts the film's global total at $21.3 million. The film expands to 13 terrirotires, including the United Kingdom, next weekend.