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, May. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$23,280,183-30%4,324--$5,384$91,608,3371Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$3,524,476-42%3,23833$1,088$47,552,7362Fox
3Heaven is for Real$2,555,859-29%2,930225$872$65,503,9183Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$2,428,571-31%3,314-389$733$106,582,2284Fox
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,150,530-39%3,179-441$676$237,155,4805Disney
6Brick Mansions$1,062,058-30%2,6470$401$15,628,9882Relativity Media
7Bears$561,294-20%1,79070$314$14,366,2163Disneynature
8Divergent$558,830-44%1,639-427$341$142,669,0097Lionsgate / Summit
9God's Not Dead$535,898-25%1,330-270$403$55,561,3087Freestyle / Pure Flix
10The Quiet Ones$434,873-51%2,0270$215$6,755,7022Lionsgate
11Draft Day$365,147-41%1,354-726$270$26,426,0474Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$330,323-34%1,775-1680$186$21,366,2303Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$303,211-33%1,328-982$228$16,124,4633Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$486,427-40%884-137$550$51,548,9459Fox Searchlight
2Noah$280,688-29%929-675$302$99,025,2876Paramount
3Oculus$183,947-44%884-997$208$26,702,3654Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$137,931-40%1648$841$1,629,3544Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$118,051-38%410-58$288$108,548,0629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$69,873-33%220-83$318$253,106,87513Warner Bros.
7RoboCop (2014)$51,978-76%23184$225$58,317,50412Sony / Columbia
8Non-Stop (2014)$39,180-43%218-34$180$90,716,20010Universal
9300: Rise of an Empire$37,819-24%235-90$161$106,036,1809Warner Bros.
10The Monuments Men$21,843-59%145-21$151$77,842,89713Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$16,208-30%101-59$160$64,238,76716Open Road
12Son of God$10,089-25%126-85$80$59,631,57510Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$48,424-39%96-41$504$2,023,3863UTV Motion Pictures
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,277-6%370$1,278$1,326,5355Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Belle$34,085-18%4--$8,521$106,5781Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$21,438-29%60--$357$121,4862RADiUS-TWC
5Cesar Chavez$14,725-11%9752$152$5,550,8666Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Walk of Shame$11,979-13%51--$235$39,7511Focus World
7Sabotage (2014)$8,080-17%60-15$135$10,471,6886Open Road
8Joe (2014)$7,884-30%39-2$202$341,8004Roadside Attractions
9Dom Hemingway$7,186-32%47-72$153$496,3025Fox Searchlight
103 Days to Kill$6,893-42%64-21$108$30,655,53811Relativity Media
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$5,838-26%98$649$40,8873Rialto Pictures
12Decoding Annie Parker$5,700-11%13--$438$16,7811eOne Films US
13Bad Words$5,010-34%40-74$125$7,719,1578Focus
14Gravity$4,896-45%65-40$75$274,084,95131Warner Bros.
15Philomena$3,355-30%22-11$153$37,692,01324Weinstein Company
16Watermark$2,54938%11-5$232$76,7985eOne Films US
17Gloria (2014)$1,462-35%90$162$2,099,69215Roadside Attractions
18The Unknown Known$829-16%15-7$55$262,6135RADiUS-TWC
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$781-32%1-1$781$40,50413Rialto Pictures
20Gabrielle (2014)$36059%10$360$5,5343eOne Films US
21August: Osage County$278-38%3-4$93$37,738,40019Weinstein Company