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. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$11,970,266-40%3,936--$3,041$54,607,7471Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$5,203,550-27%3,194--$1,629$17,005,1261Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$3,808,018-28%3,607-344$1,056$81,134,9423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$2,446,301-33%3,085-405$793$93,592,1943Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$2,257,975-34%3,1150$725$30,565,5142Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$1,678,650-42%2,945-238$570$78,709,5554Universal
7The LEGO Movie$1,320,939-29%2,501-539$528$243,385,9187Warner Bros.
8Son of God$950,350-14%2,139-851$444$55,669,0734Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$749,290-47%1,8960$395$12,913,0812Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$236,812-29%1,069-397$222$397,744,86218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$3,103,938-6%780--$3,979$9,217,0131Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,967,940-33%304238$6,473$12,998,4743Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$243,953-45%938-656$260$75,684,8757Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$152,965-42%752-814$203$29,733,5275Relativity Media
5Ride Along$152,750-48%650-374$235$133,120,35510Universal
6Veronica Mars$127,647-37%34756$368$2,832,9192Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$119,396-40%522-403$229$56,030,34723Fox Searchlight
8The Nut Job$111,233-26%335-70$332$62,600,84010Open Road
9RoboCop (2014)$62,975-38%328-637$192$57,082,5996Sony / Columbia
10Gravity$62,549-41%202-118$310$273,089,37525Warner Bros.
11Philomena$57,823-38%297-205$195$37,089,37118Weinstein Company
12American Hustle$54,312-52%281-222$193$149,806,72115Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$51,196-42%215-71$238$116,688,94313Paramount
14About Last Night$48,465-46%214-410$226$48,267,7646Sony / Screen Gems
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$40,224-32%224-53$180$258,039,17615Warner Bros. / New Line
16Dallas Buyers Club$38,507-47%178-103$216$27,065,80921Focus
17Lone Survivor$37,980-41%211-105$180$124,810,30113Universal
18Pompeii$32,346-42%201-470$161$22,814,0305Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$31,981-37%211-57$152$424,532,47818Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$21,775-42%128-24$170$50,426,42810Paramount
21August: Osage County$17,478-39%141-62$124$37,601,05213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$10,338-35%14494$72$12,556,1576Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$146,915-32%8781$1,689$660,8172Focus
2Her (2013)$21,106-33%73-48$289$25,377,94214Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$16,137-48%93-29$174$25,974,3108Focus
4Gloria (2014)$13,522-27%50-25$270$1,983,5159Roadside Attractions
5Walking With Dinosaurs$7,798-13%59-39$132$36,020,02214Fox
6Blood Ties$7,423-32%28--$265$26,9121Roadside Attractions
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$5,731-55%63-25$91$58,162,21713Fox
8Repentance$5,689-51%43-83$132$1,179,3274Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Ernest & Celestine$4,174-10%7-2$596$93,7584GKIDS
10Vampire Academy$4,161-25%3523$119$7,773,3527Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$2,317-21%13-57$178$987,7504Sony / Columbia
12Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,410-18%18-5$78$8,316,02717Weinstein Company
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$1,186-26%15-45$79$61,4462RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$558-11%1--$558$23,8147Rialto Pictures