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, Mar. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Son of God$6,797,385-27%3,260--$2,085$25,601,8651Fox
2Non-Stop (2014)$6,411,750-48%3,090--$2,075$28,875,6351Universal
3The LEGO Movie$6,150,629-40%3,770-120$1,631$209,138,4404Warner Bros.
4RoboCop (2014)$1,279,703-39%2,885-487$444$51,220,0533Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$1,187,301-49%2,8720$413$20,751,6962Relativity Media
6Pompeii$1,149,133-42%2,6580$432$17,767,1152Sony / TriStar
7Frozen (2013)$1,124,665-37%1,746-145$644$388,756,78315Disney
8The Monuments Men$1,087,800-55%3,002-62$362$65,633,1714Sony / Columbia
9About Last Night$785,131-50%1,804-449$435$43,734,6013Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$691,430-53%1,869-317$370$127,161,0807Universal
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$324,427-47%1,317--$246$126,527,20111Paramount
12Philomena$277,010-53%1,09793$253$34,611,50915Weinstein Company
13Endless Love (2014)$262,360-62%1,874-1022$140$22,189,6103Universal
14Lone Survivor$253,965-48%1,017-499$250$123,341,61610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$406,323-60%94542$430$146,710,37512Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$396,924-39%496475$800$2,095,9972Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$282,359-54%505-122$559$114,570,29210Paramount
4The Nut Job$230,136-29%752-483$306$60,792,1817Open Road
512 Years a Slave$229,403-56%41162$558$50,336,29620Fox Searchlight
6Gravity$223,746-50%340-8$658$270,478,83122Warner Bros.
7Stalingrad (2014)$152,943-28%308--$497$510,8461Sony / Columbia
8That Awkward Moment$114,722-53%608-600$189$25,081,2645Focus
9Repentance$110,645-50%152--$728$501,2901Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$92,103-60%21641$426$25,325,09418Focus
11Her (2013)$85,954-61%2500$344$24,594,34411Warner Bros.
12Nebraska$80,031-60%28979$277$17,118,74716Paramount Vantage
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,151-40%215-51$280$256,961,18512Warner Bros. / New Line
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$57,457-56%367-440$157$49,862,8017Paramount
15Winter's Tale$55,138-51%705-2260$78$12,314,2423Warner Bros.
16August: Osage County$52,752-56%346-179$152$37,066,41110Weinstein Company
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$44,645-51%198-42$225$423,905,46615Lionsgate
18I, Frankenstein$38,910-36%169-48$230$18,850,4256Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$37,645-34%195-19$193$35,783,99611Fox
20Gloria (2014)$30,252-59%102-8$297$1,590,3766Roadside Attractions
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$25,766-56%163-45$158$57,901,56310Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$22,977-40%163-18$141$119,640,26423Sony / Columbia
23Labor Day (2013)$10,857-49%107-311$101$13,250,5225Paramount
24In Secret$9,706-52%109-157$89$420,3092Roadside Attractions
25Vampire Academy$9,122-53%111-425$82$7,724,8044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Legend Of Hercules$21,726-30%89-21$244$18,755,0038Lionsgate / Summit
2Highway$19,856-56%80-17$248$490,5852UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$10,017-61%73-11$137$21,277,41717Fox
4Captain Phillips$9,184-90%96-93$96$107,100,85521Sony / Columbia
5Free Birds$8,576-34%48-8$179$55,682,51818Relativity Media
6Devil's Due$8,019-41%48-36$167$15,773,3997Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$7,712-64%65-42$119$13,159,11413CBS Films
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,584-44%9158$50$8,271,23714Weinstein Company
9Grudge Match$4,557-55%75-33$61$29,784,05910Warner Bros.
10Ernest & Celestine$2,940-62%1--$2,940$13,0781GKIDS
11Hasee Toh Phasee$607-68%9-24$67$645,1264Reliance Entertainment
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$168-34%10$168$21,5604Rialto Pictures