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 Mon, Jan. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,351,910-74%2,75996$490$76,896,7152Universal
2Lone Survivor$916,980-73%3,162173$290$94,831,9015Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$678,357-71%3,3870$200$31,131,1772Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$657,502-77%2,757-222$238$348,556,51310Disney
5I, Frankenstein$620,748-73%2,753--$225$9,231,1891Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$615,243-83%3,47245$177$40,671,6062Open Road
7American Hustle$493,930-72%2,304100$214$127,494,3597Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$461,690-70%1,804-126$256$98,970,5125Paramount
9August: Osage County$422,665-70%2,411360$175$26,937,1965Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$211,891-67%2,5440$83$13,134,1952Fox
11Her (2013)$193,199-69%1,325-404$146$19,372,9256Warner Bros.
1212 Years a Slave$178,511-69%1,231470$145$43,738,64415Fox Searchlight
13Gravity$178,291-69%1,260316$142$261,387,25317Warner Bros.
14Dallas Buyers Club$171,677-70%1,110691$155$20,528,95413Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$166,192-69%1,660-789$100$79,324,5027Disney
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$162,222-75%1,285-530$126$252,488,5607Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$105,753-73%1,051-277$101$420,127,67010Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$94,219-75%1,371-733$69$17,139,2553Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$156,336-66%968560$162$11,876,73611Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$112,176-67%5050$222$25,926,65910Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$68,414-64%824-907$83$123,871,7536Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$49,185-73%385--$128$738,2551Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$46,883-68%540-497$87$56,389,5635Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$41,307-70%289-296$143$12,037,2978CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$27,828-65%302-601$92$106,271,97916Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$25,867-63%527-1042$49$32,124,3624Paramount
947 Ronin$23,905-64%239-104$100$38,079,7455Universal
10The Book Thief$21,697-62%1977$110$20,535,45912Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$16,396-80%242-14$68$118,886,90118Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$14,081-83%330-124$43$34,705,6446Fox
13Grudge Match$9,753-66%244-164$40$29,246,0465Warner Bros.
14Free Birds$5,299-83%171-28$31$55,440,78913Relativity Media
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,384-73%102-20$43$8,084,2559Weinstein Company
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,439-60%101-18$34$116,600,72524Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,557-79%132-259$19$52,329,9937Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$5,500-69%3--$1,833$61,9541Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$2,324-59%74-23$31$11,311,2258Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$2,298-56%30-32$77$6,226,27115Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$1,031-64%13--$79$47,7941eOne Films US