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, Apr. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$2,300,385-12%3,567--$645$55,341,1611Paramount
2Divergent$1,484,458-5%3,9360$377$101,029,1402Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$731,785-5%1,178362$621$24,795,5842Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$641,902-2%3,1940$201$35,857,4512Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$559,598-3%3,299-308$170$96,901,9254Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$310,625-15%2,486--$125$6,858,5851Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$285,407-21%2,601-484$110$102,557,6524Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$267,306-16%2,705-410$99$39,003,5853Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$251,500-17%2,515-430$100$86,310,7905Universal
10The LEGO Movie$224,591-3%2,001-500$112$249,206,3038Warner Bros.
11Son of God$85,050-11%1,277-862$67$58,239,6465Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$67,913-18%1,139-757$60$15,335,2823Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$695,100-2%977673$711$27,080,4274Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$183,717-11%842755$218$4,328,4043Focus
3Cesar Chavez$133,242-2%664--$201$3,636,0951Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$41,224-5%501-437$82$76,756,4918Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$38,0516%387-682$98$398,539,01319Disney
6The Nut Job$32,1863%294-41$109$63,232,81811Open Road
7Ride Along$21,705-14%360-290$60$133,756,81511Universal
83 Days to Kill$19,724-8%340-412$58$30,321,2256Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$16,225-3%210-137$77$3,248,5983Warner Bros.
10Philomena$15,7655%202-95$78$37,383,78819Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$12,509-15%228-294$55$56,435,06724Fox Searchlight
12Gravity$11,599-4%135-67$86$273,363,30826Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$11,266-10%188-93$60$150,065,01616Sony / Columbia
14Her (2013)$10,20837%11037$93$25,491,42415Warner Bros.
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,1972%185-39$55$258,246,58416Warner Bros. / New Line
16Lone Survivor$9,1451%165-46$55$125,002,62114Universal
17The Wolf of Wall Street$8,018-13%134-81$60$116,900,69414Paramount
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,5796%107-21$71$50,577,41211Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,8739%158-53$37$424,668,04719Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1That Awkward Moment$5,47717%68-25$81$26,068,9559Focus
2Dallas Buyers Club$5,2620%99-79$53$27,213,18022Focus
3Dom Hemingway$3,953-28%4--$988$9,4520Fox Searchlight
4Ernest & Celestine$3,40012%125$283$140,3075GKIDS
5August: Osage County$3,234-19%81-60$40$37,687,33214Weinstein Company
6Gloria (2014)$2,910-3%36-14$81$2,037,44710Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Tale$2,79818%85-59$33$12,600,2317Warner Bros.
8Stalingrad (2014)$2,0523%6653$31$1,012,3685Sony / Columbia
9Walking With Dinosaurs$1,997-11%42-17$48$36,059,75915Fox
10Vampire Academy$7239%24-11$30$7,788,5538Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$245-41%5-23$49$42,4722Roadside Attractions