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. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$14,479,03399%3,890115$3,722$173,464,8683Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$5,176,79428%2,872--$1,803$9,211,0021Relativity Media
3RoboCop (2014)$4,380,24169%3,3720$1,299$41,170,3362Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$4,259,12226%2,658--$1,602$7,626,2531Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$3,673,68564%3,064-19$1,199$55,862,1363Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$3,359,88547%2,2530$1,491$36,384,3422Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$2,207,86066%2,186-331$1,010$122,047,1206Universal
8Frozen (2013)$2,031,01298%1,891-210$1,074$382,758,78514Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$1,737,60019%2,8960$600$19,041,3352Universal
10Winter's Tale$970,50444%2,9650$327$10,738,7282Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$924,76069%1,516-497$610$121,201,4269Universal
12That Awkward Moment$605,94327%1,208-714$502$23,751,5634Focus
13Philomena$536,26880%1,004-221$534$32,358,16414Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$488,122130%1,235-683$395$59,539,8046Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$840,55183%903-169$931$143,681,90411Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$603,07677%627-124$962$112,463,1499Paramount
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$388,06359%807-471$481$49,105,2916Paramount
4Gravity$387,68876%348-7$1,114$269,036,25321Warner Bros.
512 Years a Slave$241,35899%349-37$692$48,917,19719Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$200,907100%210-114$957$16,390,02815Paramount Vantage
7Her (2013)$188,35478%250-5$753$23,865,07510Warner Bros.
8August: Osage County$179,22977%525-485$341$36,495,8029Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$151,89572%240-86$633$423,547,71614Lionsgate
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$139,83887%266-19$526$256,558,49511Warner Bros. / New Line
11Dallas Buyers Club$131,11083%175-48$749$24,652,22417Focus
12Vampire Academy$123,52170%536-2140$230$7,540,8793Weinstein Company
13In Secret$113,58545%266--$427$192,0491Roadside Attractions
14Gloria (2014)$106,79680%11012$971$1,277,0845Roadside Attractions
15Labor Day (2013)$104,02650%418-1246$249$13,052,9684Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$80,01748%2087$385$57,681,3439Fox
17I, Frankenstein$67,91270%217-251$313$18,620,0085Lionsgate
18Walking With Dinosaurs$63,053115%214-34$295$35,588,24510Fox
19The Legend Of Hercules$43,64274%11020$397$18,614,5977Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$40,076120%1810$221$119,519,59722Sony / Columbia
21Inside Llewyn Davis$33,18878%10721$310$13,050,93512CBS Films
22Captain Phillips$32,86699%18954$174$106,942,12220Sony / Columbia
23Grudge Match$22,55363%108-183$209$29,736,6449Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$145,97356%97--$1,505$239,4071UTV Motion Pictures
2The Wind Rises$129,21158%21--$6,153$352,8871Disney
3Devil's Due$31,94080%84-39$380$15,705,6556Fox
4The Book Thief$29,39861%84-10$350$21,175,44816Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$16,55257%33-44$502$624,7593Reliance Entertainment
6Free Birds$12,611132%56-19$225$55,643,92317Relativity Media
7Barefoot$4,51815%18--$251$8,4521Roadside Attractions
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,65051%33-1$111$8,239,55613Weinstein Company
9The Pretty One$2,55432%54$511$9,6783Dada Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$94771%5-10$189$1,359,0785Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$8363%5-4$167$6,262,27619Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$58420%10$584$19,5683Rialto Pictures
13Knights of Badassdom$434244%31$145$114,0915eOne Films US