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 Thu, Feb. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,262,1184%3,890115$324$188,310,0843Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$734,673-14%2,872--$256$15,800,8831Relativity Media
3The Monuments Men$714,4551%3,064-19$233$60,692,9733Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$635,133-8%2,658--$239$13,435,6841Sony / TriStar
5RoboCop (2014)$596,389-4%3,3720$177$46,711,4442Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$454,534-4%2,2530$202$40,351,3482Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$272,71911%1,891-210$144$385,125,14314Disney
8Ride Along$229,530-5%2,186-331$105$124,123,4006Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$202,5450%2,8960$70$20,662,8302Universal
10Winter's Tale$189,175-4%2,9650$64$12,070,1502Warner Bros.
11Philomena$184,3692%1,004-221$184$33,404,66814Weinstein Company
12Lone Survivor$151,4250%1,516-497$100$122,314,9669Universal
13That Awkward Moment$101,728-9%1,208-714$84$24,522,8734Focus
14The Nut Job$56,384-2%1,235-683$46$60,130,6446Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$191,03914%903-169$212$144,788,43011Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$139,8275%627-124$223$113,349,0529Paramount
3Gravity$87,43221%348-7$251$269,589,53121Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$80,18712%349-37$230$49,360,36519Fox Searchlight
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$73,7912%807-471$91$49,590,7766Paramount
6August: Osage County$58,3517%525-485$111$36,827,0519Weinstein Company
7Nebraska$52,836-3%210-114$252$16,728,20815Paramount Vantage
8Her (2013)$49,261-6%250-5$197$24,173,29510Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$45,77226%175-48$262$24,890,93317Focus
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,11114%266-19$109$256,748,11211Warner Bros. / New Line
11Gloria (2014)$26,0246%11012$237$1,444,0575Roadside Attractions
12In Secret$25,237-14%266--$95$377,5541Roadside Attractions
13The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$24,6107%240-86$103$423,719,42414Lionsgate
14Labor Day (2013)$23,288-5%418-1246$56$13,202,7464Paramount
15Vampire Academy$20,0928%536-2140$37$7,685,4453Weinstein Company
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$16,14411%2087$78$57,782,2269Fox
17Inside Llewyn Davis$12,21510%10721$114$13,119,16312CBS Films
18I, Frankenstein$11,676-6%217-251$54$18,718,2025Lionsgate
19The Legend Of Hercules$9,1400%11020$83$18,684,8277Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$8,3008%214-34$39$35,665,85610Fox
21Grudge Match$3,9453%108-183$37$29,762,8349Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$34,91219%21--$1,662$578,5931Disney
2Highway$12,016-27%97--$124$395,8311UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$9,0583%84-10$108$21,225,36316Fox
4Devil's Due$4,884-13%84-39$58$15,743,7416Fox
5Knights of Badassdom$4,457192%31$1,486$123,8545eOne Films US
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,823-48%33-1$55$8,253,14313Weinstein Company
7Hasee Toh Phasee$1,366-23%33-44$41$641,1413Reliance Entertainment
8Free Birds$1,35113%56-19$24$55,656,94217Relativity Media
9Barefoot$786-18%18--$44$15,0711Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$6977%54$139$13,7693Dada Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$206-24%10$206$20,9853Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$100-67%5-4$20$6,263,67019Roadside Attractions
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$60-29%5-10$12$1,359,9105Roadside Attractions