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. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$10,933,848-38%3,567--$3,065$43,720,4721Paramount
2Divergent$5,941,364-49%3,9360$1,509$94,379,5862Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$3,304,976-38%3,1940$1,035$33,116,8172Disney
4God's Not Dead$2,811,012-23%1,178398$2,386$21,750,6842Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,562,789-40%3,299-308$777$94,479,4484Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$1,361,244-35%2,486--$548$5,272,4441Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$1,138,146-40%2,601-484$438$101,054,7044Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$1,088,531-44%2,705-410$402$37,644,2373Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$929,890-51%2,515-430$370$85,091,0605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$870,878-39%2,001-500$435$248,216,7808Warner Bros.
11Son of God$358,732-19%1,277-862$281$57,854,9435Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$262,244-51%1,139-757$230$14,999,9353Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,227,395-43%977673$2,280$24,171,6104Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$854,295-13%664--$1,287$2,861,5281Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$644,441-44%842755$765$3,478,8763Focus
4Frozen (2013)$102,256-35%387-682$264$398,391,61119Disney
5The Monuments Men$96,901-53%501-437$193$76,588,2488Sony / Columbia
6The Nut Job$84,121-42%294-41$286$63,106,25511Open Road
7Ride Along$68,270-55%360-290$190$133,659,26511Universal
83 Days to Kill$48,569-52%340-412$143$30,233,9786Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$39,777-42%210-137$189$3,182,5763Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$33,861-46%228-294$149$56,378,41024Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$30,777-45%135-67$228$273,312,63926Warner Bros.
12Philomena$27,866-44%202-95$138$37,325,12419Weinstein Company
13RoboCop (2014)$26,935-40%168-160$160$57,279,4237Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$26,869-44%185-39$145$258,206,25316Warner Bros. / New Line
15Pompeii$24,908-40%162-39$154$22,970,5436Sony / TriStar
16American Hustle$23,282-55%188-93$124$150,017,42116Sony / Columbia
17Lone Survivor$22,275-47%165-46$135$124,964,47614Universal
18The Wolf of Wall Street$19,816-52%134-81$148$116,866,72714Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$16,591-42%158-53$105$424,645,57719Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$16,186-52%107-21$151$50,549,10711Paramount
21Her (2013)$13,736-33%11037$125$25,459,68715Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$16,575-53%91-123$182$48,419,4307Sony / Screen Gems
2Dallas Buyers Club$12,547-55%99-79$127$27,191,66622Focus
3Ernest & Celestine$11,028-19%125$919$128,8695GKIDS
4August: Osage County$8,970-37%81-60$111$37,672,09814Weinstein Company
5That Awkward Moment$8,310-56%68-25$122$26,049,0829Focus
6Walking With Dinosaurs$6,299-19%42-17$150$36,051,81715Fox
7Gloria (2014)$5,962-35%36-14$166$2,025,38610Roadside Attractions
8Stalingrad (2014)$4,034-7%6653$61$1,004,1425Sony / Columbia
9Winter's Tale$3,278-40%85-59$39$12,591,6607Warner Bros.
10Vampire Academy$1,494-52%24-11$62$7,785,9568Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$75616%5-23$151$41,2292Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$149-79%21$75$26,0048Rialto Pictures