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, Apr. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$5,811,624-40%3,205--$1,813$24,763,7521Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,485,096-39%3,620-205$1,239$225,059,2414Disney
3Heaven is for Real$4,453,547-24%2,705288$1,646$52,462,1682Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$4,322,095-31%3,703-272$1,167$96,389,9003Fox
5Brick Mansions$2,346,441-35%2,647--$886$9,516,8551Relativity Media
6Transcendence$1,155,306-37%3,4550$334$18,632,1422Warner Bros.
7Bears$1,078,139-26%1,7200$627$11,281,5252Disneynature
8Divergent$926,704-44%2,066-420$449$139,521,8576Lionsgate / Summit
9God's Not Dead$879,415-20%1,600-196$550$52,705,6606Freestyle / Pure Flix
10A Haunted House 2$841,206-40%2,3100$364$14,183,3352Open Road
11The Quiet Ones$766,714-52%2,027--$378$3,880,0531Lionsgate
12Draft Day$719,587-42%2,080-701$346$24,161,0593Lionsgate / Summit
13Noah$688,719-32%1,604-933$429$97,314,5525Paramount
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$647,057-44%1,021-259$634$48,803,1528Fox Searchlight
15Oculus$532,283-43%1,881-767$283$25,223,3013Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$157,759-41%156130$1,011$895,2913Weinstein Company
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$154,753-41%468-312$331$108,047,8788Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$113,047-39%1372$825$1,742,4492UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$103,743-39%303-37$342$252,798,44112Warner Bros.
5300: Rise of an Empire$69,389-28%32560$214$105,814,5328Warner Bros.
6Frozen (2013)$61,590-28%227-63$271$400,175,40123Disney
7Non-Stop (2014)$50,515-47%252-108$200$90,490,7059Universal
8The Nut Job$32,333-31%160-41$202$64,165,44415Open Road
9RoboCop (2014)$29,336-29%147-28$200$57,883,00311Sony / Columbia
10The Monuments Men$28,931-44%166-55$174$77,685,63112Sony / Columbia
11Son of God$23,699-14%211-292$112$59,569,9289Fox
12Dom Hemingway$18,165-34%119-10$153$435,1874Fox Searchlight
13Bad Words$11,526-47%114-109$101$7,678,8687Focus
14Gravity$10,404-43%105-40$99$274,052,11030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,391-25%370$1,011$1,100,7754Warner Bros. / IMAX
23 Days to Kill$11,502-35%85-25$135$30,610,84410Relativity Media
3Cesar Chavez$11,233-1%45-72$250$5,482,5465Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Joe (2014)$11,012-34%41-7$269$298,3523Roadside Attractions
5Sabotage (2014)$10,710-30%75-55$143$10,431,7685Open Road
6About Last Night$7,473-52%67-42$112$48,637,68411Sony / Screen Gems
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$4,646-34%87-27$53$15,968,1247Lionsgate
8Philomena$3,962-44%33-68$120$37,675,70023Weinstein Company
9Ernest & Celestine$3,678-12%20-11$184$258,9609GKIDS
10Watermark$3,133-37%168$196$64,2664eOne Films US
11The Unknown Known$2,569-26%22-27$117$254,0684RADiUS-TWC
12Gloria (2014)$1,778-44%9-4$198$2,092,90914Roadside Attractions
13Frankie & Alice$1,359-39%24-19$57$693,1814Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14August: Osage County$1,299-46%7-9$186$37,734,47318Weinstein Company
15Make Your Move$1,213-45%40-102$30$122,2932High Top Releasing
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,085-46%2--$543$34,03312Rialto Pictures
17Dallas Buyers Club$895-55%12-2$75$27,296,51426Focus
18Gabrielle (2014)$290-17%10$290$4,8042eOne Films US
19Godzilla: The Japanese Original$252-32%10$252$21,8742Rialto Pictures