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, Apr. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$1,620,0515%3,84215$422$89,227,0152Fox
2Water for Elephants$1,372,254-4%2,817--$487$23,137,8011Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,089,575-2%2,288--$476$31,030,1141Lionsgate
4African Cats$538,8625%1,220--$442$8,265,0211Disneynature
5Scream 4$458,638-4%3,3149$138$33,316,6792Weinstein Company
6Hanna$427,186-1%2,384-161$179$33,701,2133Focus
7Soul Surfer$411,9645%2,24026$184$30,475,1523Sony / TriStar
8Source Code$369,599-1%2,363-194$156$46,377,3644Summit
9HOP$361,600-5%3,6168$100$102,719,5654Universal
10Insidious$334,730-1%2,130-103$157$45,620,2364FilmDistrict
11Arthur (2011)$301,358-2%2,770-506$109$30,663,2593Warner Bros.
12Limitless$221,9473%1,363-522$163$74,991,8696Relativity Media
13Your Highness$144,900-5%1,610-1162$90$20,472,9453Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$144,897-2%1,220-482$119$54,010,3086Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$175,182-4%849142$206$7,661,9942Roadside Attractions
2Jane Eyre (2011)$91,0704%31945$285$8,227,9407Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$86,6352%2081$417$3,448,2083Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$74,8201%3884$193$6,945,5556Fox Searchlight
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$57,20910%928-921$62$50,619,1545Fox
6Rango$33,39111%557-419$60$119,678,6948Paramount
7Sucker Punch$27,735-1%244-311$114$36,005,8475Warner Bros.
8The King's Speech$21,520-2%234-81$92$138,419,87322Weinstein Company
9The Adjustment Bureau$19,725-6%263-85$75$61,223,0808Universal
10Red Riding Hood$17,9363%30860$58$37,262,7467Warner Bros.
11Battle: Los Angeles$17,7087%220-334$80$82,723,4457Sony / Columbia
12Just Go With It$17,551-1%265-61$66$102,681,15911Sony / Columbia
13Paul$17,150-12%245-291$70$36,643,9706Universal
14Hall Pass$12,371-10%202-131$61$44,925,5709Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dum Maaro Dum$11,941-12%101--$118$391,6561Fox Searchlight
16Beastly$10,41716%13727$76$27,641,1848CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$9,7063%162-113$60$63,595,18110Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$8,2716%166131$50$72,885,51011Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$49,55354%320$1,549$24,348,34658Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$8,591-1%89-100$97$1,239,9373Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$5,5417%92--$60$37,757,59910Fox
4True Grit (2010)$4,379-5%80-97$55$171,050,32818Paramount
5Cedar Rapids$3,92131%36--$109$6,786,45611Fox Searchlight
6Kill the Irishman$3,6661%23-16$159$1,023,8507Anchor Bay Films
7Miral$2,80449%20-6$140$354,4115Weinstein Company
8Biutiful$2,18922%21-11$104$5,048,11517Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$1,12010%15-5$75$4,405,52614Weinstein Company
10Black Swan$656-2%20--$33$106,950,75721Fox Searchlight
11The Music Never Stopped$240-40%6-7$40$234,3566Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$74-54%2-2$37$216,1108Anchor Bay Films
13Meet Monica Velour$74393%1-3$74$18,6493Anchor Bay Films