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 Wed, May. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$5,716,351-30%3,996--$1,431$124,500,6291Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$2,109,267-22%3,9520$534$160,584,3322Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$1,353,775-15%3,266-45$415$119,741,0303Universal
4Blended$1,105,159-20%3,555--$311$20,214,5241Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$586,072-20%3,160-831$185$188,425,9814Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$546,232-13%3,0190$181$23,874,4152Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$369,539-10%2,154-900$172$79,385,2705Fox
8Rio 2$224,750-4%1,701-670$132$122,966,9267Fox
9Heaven is for Real$203,410-9%1,720-1173$118$87,016,4546Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$146,375-9%1,373-898$107$254,419,6398Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$230,2458%498426$462$4,707,5503Open Road
2Belle$186,3894%453280$411$4,749,7694Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$95,353-19%861-185$111$9,196,6783Sony / TriStar
4The Railway Man$72,028-6%600417$120$3,769,5007Weinstein Company
5Divergent$71,114-5%644-347$110$148,253,89010Lionsgate / Summit
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,480-2%360-270$193$56,903,56112Fox Searchlight
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$62,085-1%674-1904$92$7,988,9033Clarius Entertainment
8The Immigrant$47,3495%147144$322$731,6392Weinstein Company
9Fed Up$33,15321%10247$325$831,0353RADiUS-TWC
10The LEGO Movie$32,872-3%323-32$102$255,122,56616Warner Bros.
11God's Not Dead$28,433-6%245-535$116$59,648,10410Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Noah$24,656-7%219-67$113$100,694,1019Paramount
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,251-12%286-33$81$109,821,23812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Non-Stop (2014)$14,5356%153-67$95$91,727,55013Universal
15Transcendence$9,885-1%202-113$49$22,871,8286Warner Bros.
16Brick Mansions$9,855-1%168-556$59$20,002,7865Relativity Media
17Oculus$8,033-11%105-35$77$27,556,3017Relativity Media
18Draft Day$7,1001%145-350$49$28,606,6697Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,6589%392$1,017$2,240,9558Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$8,92626%10--$893$131,4291Roadside Attractions
3A Haunted House 2$8,1854%88-36$93$17,207,6596Open Road
4The Hornet's Nest$7,990-15%5740$140$196,9163Freestyle Releasing
5The Quiet Ones$3,988-7%92-249$43$8,465,4205Lionsgate
6Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,2101505%4-4$803$131,6366Rialto Pictures
7300: Rise of an Empire$3,02030%71-84$43$106,576,15212Warner Bros.
8Heropanti$2,754-47%16--$172$46,4911UTV Motion Pictures
9Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,56462%1--$1,564$10,1991Rialto Pictures
10Bad Words$352-24%21-62$17$7,779,16311Focus
112 States$271-43%4-28$68$2,237,7616UTV Motion Pictures
12Blue Ruin$23833%5-19$48$247,8005RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$104108%52$21$268,8848RADiUS-TWC
14Grand D├ępart$710%1--$71$6011Rialto Premieres