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, Apr. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$5,756,975-42%3,84215$1,498$80,806,5622Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,510,841-39%2,288--$2,409$25,068,6771Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$3,426,266-47%2,817--$1,216$16,842,3531Fox
4HOP$2,730,080-41%3,6168$755$100,224,9054Universal
5Scream 4$1,520,136-45%3,3149$459$31,035,0102Weinstein Company
6Hanna$1,358,856-35%2,384-161$570$31,740,1623Focus
7Source Code$1,191,169-43%2,363-194$504$44,692,5914Summit
8Soul Surfer$1,054,891-48%2,24026$471$28,502,1513Sony / TriStar
9Insidious$1,031,011-50%2,130-103$484$44,001,4164FilmDistrict
10African Cats$971,290-43%1,220--$796$6,003,2001Disneynature
11Arthur (2011)$919,146-41%2,770-506$332$29,216,0913Warner Bros.
12Limitless$645,927-39%1,363-522$474$74,002,0556Relativity Media
13The Lincoln Lawyer$459,112-38%1,220-482$376$53,381,4516Lionsgate
14Your Highness$434,725-34%1,610-1162$270$19,764,5453Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$507,327-47%849142$598$6,889,8682Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$245,973-53%3884$634$6,630,6506Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$165,430-49%31945$519$7,857,1767Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$163,922-31%2081$788$3,078,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$148,003-58%928-921$159$50,290,5315Fox
6Rango$92,784-38%557-419$167$119,522,4718Paramount
7Dum Maaro Dum$87,473-30%101--$866$327,5231Fox Searchlight
8Sucker Punch$72,383-33%244-311$297$35,882,5545Warner Bros.
9Paul$61,250-34%245-291$250$36,553,3956Universal
10The Adjustment Bureau$53,915-47%263-85$205$61,133,7708Universal
11Battle: Los Angeles$51,843-34%220-334$236$82,649,4157Sony / Columbia
12Just Go With It$46,199-41%265-61$174$102,602,51611Sony / Columbia
13Red Riding Hood$45,160-39%30860$147$37,186,0137Warner Bros.
14The King's Speech$42,421-49%234-81$181$138,323,85222Weinstein Company
15Hall Pass$30,011-45%202-131$149$44,870,7309Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$22,138-34%13727$162$27,598,4678CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$21,394-41%162-113$132$63,555,31410Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$13,838-48%166131$83$72,848,99811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$44,2423%89-100$497$1,204,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Hubble 3D$31,002-42%320$969$24,208,97858Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$14,252-54%92-36$155$37,734,21410Fox
4True Grit (2010)$10,880-47%80-97$136$171,031,34718Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$10,145-30%23-16$441$1,006,7027Anchor Bay Films
6Thank You$9,123-9%20-51$456$451,9233UTV Communications
7Miral$5,722-32%20-6$286$345,3985Weinstein Company
8Cedar Rapids$5,492-50%36-11$153$6,773,65111Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$3,608-36%21-11$172$5,039,75617Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$1,350-65%15-5$90$4,401,61014Weinstein Company
11Black Swan$1,103-48%20-29$55$106,948,14321Fox Searchlight
12Zokkomon$671-36%24--$28$2,8151UTV Communications
13The Music Never Stopped$582-38%6-7$97$233,3556Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$244-40%1-3$244$18,4863Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$171-13%2-2$86$215,5768Anchor Bay Films