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 Sun, Feb. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$9,550,587-34%3,890115$2,455$183,015,4553Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$3,031,216-41%2,872--$1,055$12,242,2181Relativity Media
3RoboCop (2014)$2,834,821-35%3,3720$841$44,005,1572Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$2,714,570-36%2,658--$1,021$10,340,8231Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$1,994,824-46%3,064-19$651$57,856,9603Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$1,896,764-44%2,2530$842$38,281,1062Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$1,349,347-34%1,891-210$714$384,108,13214Disney
8Ride Along$1,082,070-51%2,186-331$495$123,129,1906Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$767,440-56%2,8960$265$19,808,7752Universal
10Winter's Tale$528,628-46%2,9650$178$11,267,3562Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$507,860-45%1,516-497$335$121,709,2869Universal
12The Nut Job$366,263-25%1,235-683$297$59,906,0676Open Road
13Philomena$362,088-32%1,004-221$361$32,720,25214Weinstein Company
14That Awkward Moment$302,125-50%1,208-714$250$24,053,6884Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$433,268-48%903-169$480$144,115,17211Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$358,413-41%627-124$572$112,821,5629Paramount
3Gravity$239,070-38%348-7$687$269,275,32321Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$192,033-51%807-471$238$49,297,3246Paramount
512 Years a Slave$160,023-34%349-37$459$49,077,22019Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$128,786-36%210-114$613$16,518,81415Paramount Vantage
7August: Osage County$119,453-33%525-485$228$36,615,2559Weinstein Company
8Her (2013)$114,963-39%250-5$460$23,980,03810Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$94,556-28%175-48$540$24,746,78017Focus
10The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$78,926-48%240-86$329$423,626,64214Lionsgate
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$78,379-44%266-19$295$256,636,87411Warner Bros. / New Line
12In Secret$73,537-35%266--$276$265,5861Roadside Attractions
13Gloria (2014)$67,797-37%11012$616$1,344,8815Roadside Attractions
14Vampire Academy$65,516-47%536-2140$122$7,606,3953Weinstein Company
15Labor Day (2013)$53,537-49%418-1246$128$13,106,5054Paramount
16I, Frankenstein$46,490-32%217-251$214$18,666,4985Lionsgate
17Walking With Dinosaurs$46,488-26%214-34$217$35,634,73310Fox
18The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$39,401-51%2087$189$57,720,7449Fox
19The Legend Of Hercules$33,376-24%11020$303$18,647,9737Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$27,373-32%1810$151$119,546,97022Sony / Columbia
21Inside Llewyn Davis$21,118-36%10721$197$13,072,05312CBS Films
22Captain Phillips$14,949-55%18954$79$106,957,07120Sony / Columbia
23Grudge Match$10,665-53%108-183$99$29,747,3099Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$102,914-20%21--$4,901$455,8011Disney
2Highway$87,247-40%97--$899$326,6541UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$16,967-42%84-10$202$21,192,41516Fox
4Devil's Due$16,395-49%84-39$195$15,722,0506Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$9,583-42%33-44$290$634,3423Reliance Entertainment
6Free Birds$7,920-37%56-19$141$55,651,84317Relativity Media
7Barefoot$3,315-27%18--$184$11,7671Roadside Attractions
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,980-18%33-1$90$8,242,53613Weinstein Company
9The Pretty One$1,508-41%54$302$11,1863Dada Films
10All Is Lost$666-20%5-4$133$6,262,94219Roadside Attractions
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$485-49%5-10$97$1,359,5635Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$450-23%10$450$20,0183Rialto Pictures
13Knights of Badassdom$200-54%31$67$114,2915eOne Films US