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 Thu, Jun. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$3,610,0685%4,3678$827$157,742,9882Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$3,067,000-5%3,4450$890$60,784,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,291,063-5%3,646--$628$45,602,5901Disney
4Iron Man 2$1,251,5383%3,804-373$329$283,511,1624Paramount
5Robin Hood$943,9950%3,373-132$280$89,129,0703Universal
6Letters to Juliet$723,8028%2,825-150$256$40,301,4693Summit
7MacGruber$203,425-11%2,546-5$80$8,361,8552Universal / Rogue
8Date Night$186,0251%1,126-283$165$94,558,6428Fox
9Just Wright$178,649-8%1,195-489$149$19,425,9603Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$98,58113%825-926$119$213,394,86010Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$92,000-6%891-1234$103$62,200,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Babies$63,2580%301-94$210$6,276,2214Focus
4The Back-up Plan$33,6291%391-688$86$36,698,0486CBS Films
5City Island$33,022-3%201-33$164$4,963,60411Anchor Bay
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$31,4679%283-69$111$62,858,56411Fox
7Hot Tub Time Machine$27,000-7%36486$74$50,093,00010MGM
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,000-5%225-187$84$161,440,0009Warner Bros.
9Kick-Ass$18,401-7%163-146$113$47,568,4067Lionsgate
10Kites$16,655-8%176-32$95$1,554,7442Reliance Big Cinema
11Shutter Island$15,2382%201-55$76$127,890,67015Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$13,7593%17744$78$60,023,5209Lionsgate
13Furry Vengeance$10,3726%247-1122$42$16,530,8035Summit
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$7,2179%108-58$67$88,624,10116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,0004%480$1,667$7,333,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$19,34521%84-77$230$749,125,39824Fox
3Under the Sea 3D$13,000-7%180$722$22,268,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Princess Kaiulani$12,045-5%38-9$317$664,5153Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$7,253-11%62$1,209$265,4362Anchor Bay
6The Ghost Writer$6,4587%58-28$111$15,350,79215Summit
7The Losers$5,900-11%83-102$71$23,267,0006Warner Bros.
8The Tooth Fairy$4,64522%76-39$61$59,977,93519Fox
9The Secret of Kells$2,91124%252$116$549,51913GKIDS
10Our Family Wedding$2,8163%52-32$54$20,225,61412Fox Searchlight
11The Square (2010)$1,7042%153$114$293,8488Apparition
12Letters to God$95090%14-25$68$2,841,0008Vivendi
13The Runaways$88580%11-19$80$3,573,67311Apparition
14The Joneses$3786%8-19$47$1,436,8277Roadside Attractions