Grosses

'Ouija' Off To Respectable Start; 'John Wick' and 'St. Vincent' Look PromisingOctober 25, 2014 08:23 AM

by Phil Contrino

Saturday Update: Ouija is off to a respectable start. The horror flick is headed for a $20 million debut after snagging $8.3 million on Friday. Unlike most horror entries, Ouija should hold up reasonably well considering that it has opened before Halloween.

John Wick is on pace for $14 million after tallying $5.5 million on Friday. 

St. Vincent is on pace for $8.2 million after grossing $2.6 million on Friday.

Check back tomorrow for official studio weekend estimates.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Ouija is headed for $19 million-$20 million during its debut frame. Of course, horror films tend to pop late on Friday night, so we're not ruling out a surge that could put the fright flick above that range.

John Wick is off to a solid start with what's look like a $14 million debut frame. If word of mouth is strong among action aficionados, then Keanu Reeves' latest could post an even higher debut. This definitely marks a comeback for Reeves.

St. Vincent is set for as much as $10 million during its expansion weekend.

Check back tomorrow morning for updated projections and official Friday estimates. 

Friday Update #1: Universal's Ouija bowed to $911,000 last night. That's noticeably behind the $2.1 million start for Annabelle earlier this month, although that pic had some benefit in marketing with the aid of being a prequel to last year's horror blockbuster The Conjuring. Ouija's Thursday take is more in line with Carrie's $730,000 last October, which ultimately earned $16.1 million over opening weekend. Ouija's own native brand awareness could feasibly give it a boost as the weekend progresses.

Lionsgate reports that John Wick grabbed a healthy $870,000 from Thursday night shows in over 2,000 locations. That more than double A Walk Among the Tombstones' $430,000 Thursday night start in September, which went on to earn $12.8 million over opening weekend, as well as Brick Mansions' $400,000 ($9.5 million opening weekend). Strong buzz and critical reviews for the sleeper hit had been building in recent weeks, which could be a factor in last night's strong turnout, but the chances of a weekend close to $20 million now look even better.

Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company is sending St. Vincent into wide release today following its healthy start in limited play over the past couple of weeks.

More as it comes.

 

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, May. 30 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$15,034,800-11%4,3678$3,443$133,061,4142Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$9,576,790-7%3,646--$2,627$30,095,2591Disney
3Sex and the City 2$8,063,000-19%3,445--$2,340$45,210,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Iron Man 2$5,852,544-5%3,804-373$1,539$275,035,9004Paramount
5Robin Hood$3,727,000-2%3,373-132$1,105$83,126,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$1,864,870-14%2,825-150$660$36,537,1903Summit
7Just Wright$728,904-12%1,195-636$610$18,154,0963Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$630,947-6%1,126-743$560$93,515,4638Fox
9MacGruber$573,0007%2,546-5$225$7,216,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$404,240-12%825-926$490$212,755,05310Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$317,000-4%891-1234$356$61,702,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Babies$174,101-1%301-94$578$5,924,3554Focus
4City Island$145,429-16%201-33$724$4,741,15011Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$103,281-3%391-688$264$36,526,4956CBS Films
6The Bounty Hunter$97,607-1%287117$340$65,573,29511Sony / Columbia
7Kites$93,041-6%176-32$529$1,443,6622Reliance Big Cinema
8Hot Tub Time Machine$86,00016%36486$236$49,945,00010MGM
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$82,3523%247-314$333$41,874,0447Sony / Screen Gems
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$82,0005%225-187$364$161,322,0009Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$79,948-21%283-69$283$62,687,11611Fox
12Furry Vengeance$71,4184%247-1122$289$16,464,3035Summit
13Shutter Island$65,715-2%201-55$327$127,811,97415Paramount
14Kick-Ass$62,14425%163-146$381$47,462,1857Lionsgate
15Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$42,044-2%17744$238$59,944,3699Lionsgate
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$17,877-29%108-58$166$88,520,12116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$120,0006%480$2,500$7,007,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$44,849-5%84-83$534$749,048,93924Fox
3The Losers$39,000-7%83-102$470$23,231,0006Warner Bros.
4Princess Kaiulani$33,78111%38-9$889$593,4673Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$30,067-7%62$5,011$216,8352Anchor Bay
6The Ghost Writer$26,713-12%58-28$461$15,311,66915Summit
7Under the Sea 3D$12,000-29%180$667$22,212,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Tooth Fairy$10,704-11%76-39$141$59,954,88619Fox
9Our Family Wedding$9,83016%52-32$189$20,209,47712Fox Searchlight
10The Secret of Kells$8,992-13%252$360$533,18813GKIDS
11The Square (2010)$5,844-5%153$390$284,1548Apparition
12Racing Dreams$1,9237%8-25$240$27,7932Hanover House
13The Runaways$1,111-18%11-19$101$3,570,62011Apparition
14The Joneses$940-29%8-19$118$1,435,0847Roadside Attractions