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 Wed, Mar. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,308,229-21%3,936--$841$65,691,6451Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,146,496-19%3,194--$359$20,731,4161Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,066,214-14%3,607-344$296$84,402,5663Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$776,225-20%3,085-405$252$96,171,2233Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$680,613-24%3,1150$218$32,815,2312Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$588,895-18%2,945-238$200$80,579,5254Universal
7The LEGO Movie$440,152-17%2,501-539$176$244,767,8547Warner Bros.
8Son of God$277,068-15%2,139-851$130$56,548,8644Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$234,833-20%1,8960$124$13,673,8342Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$75,339-15%1,069-397$70$397,979,97218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$980,215-2%780--$1,257$12,055,9541Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$684,087-6%304238$2,250$15,034,8573Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$119,790-11%938-656$128$76,056,5117Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$73,361-12%752-814$98$29,963,3505Relativity Media
5Ride Along$58,205-5%650-374$90$133,295,37510Universal
612 Years a Slave$54,245-19%522-403$104$56,201,27223Fox Searchlight
7The Nut Job$51,513-2%335-70$154$62,742,72510Open Road
8Veronica Mars$47,826-11%34756$138$2,978,5172Warner Bros.
9Philomena$31,702-16%297-205$107$37,188,30018Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$25,696-15%281-222$91$149,887,49015Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$24,733-17%202-118$122$273,167,22625Warner Bros.
12RoboCop (2014)$24,389-17%328-637$74$57,161,7276Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$22,812-10%215-71$106$116,759,78213Paramount
14About Last Night$19,266-9%214-410$90$48,328,4276Sony / Screen Gems
15Lone Survivor$16,8807%211-105$80$124,858,75613Universal
16Dallas Buyers Club$15,887-22%178-103$89$27,120,04621Focus
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,834-1%224-53$71$258,085,87215Warner Bros. / New Line
18Pompeii$14,825-27%201-470$74$22,862,2995Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$12,618-6%211-57$60$424,569,76818Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,282-2%128-24$88$50,462,02810Paramount
21August: Osage County$9,960-10%141-62$71$37,629,66213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$6,202-2%14494$43$12,573,3706Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$64,1488%8781$737$838,4972Focus
2Her (2013)$8,161-24%73-48$112$25,403,91714Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$8,101-19%93-29$87$25,999,2108Focus
4Gloria (2014)$4,856-12%50-25$97$1,998,4669Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,07317%63-25$65$58,173,72113Fox
6Blood Ties$3,3985%28--$121$36,7131Roadside Attractions
7Walking With Dinosaurs$3,124-14%59-39$53$36,029,84214Fox
8Repentance$2,89529%43-83$67$1,187,4394Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Vampire Academy$1,523-15%3523$44$7,778,0977Weinstein Company
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,27775%18-5$71$8,321,34817Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,171-39%13-57$90$991,9794Sony / Columbia
12Ernest & Celestine$1,098-1%7-2$157$97,0874GKIDS
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$7689%15-45$51$63,4632RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$416259%1--$416$24,6407Rialto Pictures