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. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$11,655,475-35%3,279--$3,555$49,033,9151Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$10,020,417-35%4,3240$2,317$146,201,9342Sony / Columbia
3Heaven is for Real$3,135,16216%3,048118$1,029$75,702,6574Sony / TriStar
4The Other Woman (2014)$3,107,650-15%3,30668$940$62,085,8243Fox
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,712,046-33%2,701-478$634$245,128,3386Disney
6Moms' Night Out$1,669,90520%1,044--$1,600$4,311,0831Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$1,664,380-25%2,973-341$560$113,069,0825Fox
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,124,334-30%2,658--$423$3,747,7801Clarius Entertainment
9God's Not Dead$586,19516%1,000-330$586$57,684,9358Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Divergent$542,106-25%1,233-406$440$145,067,5958Lionsgate / Summit
11Brick Mansions$500,481-24%1,954-693$256$18,491,3923Relativity Media
12Bears$462,21132%1,243-547$372$16,052,7684Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$152,460-52%1,133-894$135$7,995,6033Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$494,718-24%770-114$642$53,826,87410Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$282,395-17%820-534$344$27,764,7305Lionsgate / Summit
3Noah$200,7615%477-452$421$99,877,6507Paramount
4The LEGO Movie$155,056-28%401181$387$253,666,49014Warner Bros.
5The Railway Man$120,481-38%18117$666$2,260,4405Weinstein Company
6Transcendence$111,534-21%515-1260$217$22,209,3374Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$101,430-31%526-802$193$16,846,2164Open Road
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$100,463-25%357-53$281$108,923,91410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Oculus$70,451-32%410-474$172$27,238,6405Relativity Media
10Non-Stop (2014)$67,370-57%23618$285$91,104,08011Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$25,036-24%191-44$131$106,170,46910Warner Bros.
12RoboCop (2014)$21,864-68%146-85$150$58,486,40913Sony / Columbia
13The Monuments Men$19,496-40%122-23$160$77,951,84314Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$169,034-14%4541$3,756$634,2102Fox Searchlight
2Chef$70,239-14%6--$11,707$204,9611Open Road
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,389-10%36-1$1,039$1,556,3286Warner Bros. / IMAX
42 States$32,089-11%59-37$544$2,161,7684UTV Motion Pictures
5Blue Ruin$12,441-38%611$204$202,9283RADiUS-TWC
6Godzilla: The Japanese Original$7,872-44%1910$414$78,5974Rialto Pictures
7Son of God$6,931-10%68-58$102$59,666,58911Fox
83 Days to Kill$6,807-26%42-22$162$30,688,36412Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$6,479-49%4--$1,620$26,5501Freestyle Releasing
10Sabotage (2014)$6,1667%51-9$121$10,499,9687Open Road
11Joe (2014)$2,756-41%23-16$120$364,5735Roadside Attractions
12Bad Words$2,390-30%29-11$82$7,738,1369Focus
13Gloria (2014)$1,589109%7-2$227$2,106,55616Roadside Attractions
14Philomena$1,527-25%13-9$117$37,701,98925Weinstein Company
15Watermark$495-37%5-6$99$82,8376eOne Films US
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$375-57%10$375$43,72914Rialto Pictures
17The Unknown Known$28930%6-9$48$265,4576RADiUS-TWC
18Decoding Annie Parker$34-60%2-11$17$39,8502eOne Films US