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 Sat, Feb. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$20,262,41758%3,7750$5,368$113,364,0212Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$8,259,51021%3,372--$2,449$20,033,8071Sony / Columbia
3About Last Night$7,930,871-38%2,253--$3,520$20,801,9801Sony / Screen Gems
4The Monuments Men$5,954,28920%3,0830$1,931$39,587,9292Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$3,576,560-52%2,896--$1,235$11,004,8051Universal
6Ride Along$3,158,835-7%2,517-283$1,255$113,943,1655Universal
7Frozen (2013)$2,419,79042%2,101-359$1,152$374,318,21613Disney
8Winter's Tale$2,245,561-39%2,965--$757$5,898,2481Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$1,670,79034%2,013-856$830$117,245,0618Universal
10That Awkward Moment$1,137,470-26%1,922-887$592$20,737,2603Focus
11American Hustle$964,46423%1,072-568$900$140,765,80410Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$887,84118%1,278-861$695$47,089,1765Paramount
13The Nut Job$773,46693%1,918-1086$403$56,924,3875Open Road
14Vampire Academy$699,945-1%2,6760$262$6,158,8722Weinstein Company
15Philomena$587,27441%1,225721$479$30,075,47113Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$454,362-8%1,664-920$273$12,143,3173Paramount
17August: Osage County$346,74845%1,010-317$343$35,467,2918Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$737,11433%751-416$982$110,039,3998Paramount
2Gravity$404,14637%355-346$1,138$267,620,30920Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$233,56478%386-292$605$48,016,76618Fox Searchlight
4Her (2013)$232,80021%255-202$913$23,134,5789Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$216,38325%326-203$664$422,964,65913Lionsgate
6Nebraska$213,60054%324-201$659$15,612,62114Paramount Vantage
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$198,00438%285-252$695$255,966,97810Warner Bros. / New Line
8I, Frankenstein$174,1477%468-959$372$18,202,2974Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$161,53474%223-265$724$24,154,65216Focus
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$80,80421%201-41$402$57,407,7088Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$71,11810%261-85$272$125,030,3459Paramount
12Walking With Dinosaurs$69,89388%248-3$282$35,350,0729Fox
13Devil's Due$44,402-12%123-262$361$15,586,7505Fox
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$43,40371%181-16$240$119,371,83021Sony / Columbia
15Grudge Match$37,19027%291-50$128$29,636,0178Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$31,70822%135-47$235$106,836,23619Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$126,28455%9833$1,289$850,7314Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$56,76315%77-11$737$508,3992Reliance Entertainment
3Inside Llewyn Davis$49,71357%86-43$578$12,900,22911CBS Films
4The Book Thief$33,30731%94-41$354$21,054,97315Fox
5The Legend Of Hercules$25,9239%90-158$288$18,495,0706Lionsgate / Summit
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$15,73532%62-41$254$32,434,5487Paramount
7Free Birds$14,29681%75-34$191$55,597,55116Relativity Media
8Last Vegas$7,33420%41-19$179$63,903,96016CBS Films
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,015-18%34-12$148$8,212,06912Weinstein Company
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,64326%15-61$110$1,350,6864Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$1,27115%9-3$141$6,257,93818Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$984-10%10$984$14,3392Rialto Pictures
13The Pretty One$74810%10$748$3,7832Dada Films
14At Middleton$71249%1-7$712$52,4093Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15Knights of Badassdom$45475%2-7$227$97,9214eOne Films US