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 Tue, Apr. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$3,293,283-21%4,1370$796$309,887,2223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$2,250,360-1%3,192--$705$26,046,7251Universal
3Titanic 3D$1,856,316-16%2,674--$694$29,703,9631Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$1,547,353-9%3,5450$436$61,863,0932Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$1,518,975-17%3,61815$420$39,924,4592Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$1,170,341-6%3,009-139$389$111,825,9714Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$780,780-22%3,003-261$260$199,991,1606Universal
8John Carter$102,917-15%1,015-1382$101$68,207,8305Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$138,60619%52441$265$4,911,8245CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$77,183-33%651-257$119$99,581,1709Warner Bros. / New Line
3Act of Valor$58,6110%708-531$83$68,881,6507Relativity Media
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,74623%447-66$129$3,504,9244Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$50,610-5%482-247$105$124,849,7809Universal
6A Thousand Words$50,468-16%507-500$100$17,533,1215Paramount
7Project X (2012)$46,4380%444-459$105$54,154,2646Warner Bros.
8The Vow$42,5711%479-35$89$124,007,0399Sony / Screen Gems
9Friends With Kids$32,31021%207-99$156$6,787,2355Roadside Attractions
10Casa de mi Padre$28,193-10%283-156$100$5,556,0394Lionsgate / Pantelion
11This Means War$27,389-4%321-254$85$53,533,1798Fox
12The Artist$25,9836%222-93$117$43,899,43020Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$23,61213%236-48$100$29,694,39815Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$21,666-16%195-27$111$132,691,56817Fox
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,323-22%204-117$70$34,697,4077Lionsgate
16Chronicle$13,969-16%162-36$86$63,982,19010Fox
17Hugo$11,8325%101-73$117$73,843,17620Paramount
18Silent House (2012)$9,864-20%214-111$46$12,577,4675Open Road
19The Woman in Black$8,094-10%159-20$51$54,124,44510CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$7,530-10%102-48$74$209,380,78117Paramount
21Gone$7,173-7%12160$59$11,668,0497Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,5664%400$864$17,959,85453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$11,219-4%61$1,870$257,1222Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$10,853-7%99-37$110$75,429,54716Fox
4The Descendants$7,52718%78-40$97$82,537,72621Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,365-10%4515$119$43,331,7539Fox
6Being Flynn$3,87024%33-7$117$533,3176Focus
7The Grey$3,476-6%67-137$52$51,540,77511Open Road
8W.E.$3,32221%210$158$525,23910Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$3,0901%55-46$56$49,765,77212Fox
10Coriolanus$2,916-7%171$172$640,30712Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$2,6539%49-53$54$26,409,83111Lionsgate
12Undefeated$2,3962%15-1$160$464,9308Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$2,2455%301$75$2,966,85211Roadside Attractions