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 Fri, Jun. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$26,062,046--3,173--$8,214$26,062,0461Fox
2Edge of Tomorrow$10,605,165--3,490--$3,039$10,605,1651Warner Bros.
3Maleficent$10,189,87089%3,9480$2,581$104,036,8382Disney
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$4,510,01773%3,639-362$1,239$178,911,2833Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$2,260,79077%3,1602$715$25,250,7602Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$1,781,42876%3,110-391$573$180,874,4344Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$1,645,835115%2,674-265$615$134,246,3305Universal
8Blended$1,282,32079%2,928-627$438$33,741,2643Warner Bros.
9Chef$720,232191%1,298674$555$8,481,9275Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$616,39568%1,643-686$375$30,141,4254Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$549,11148%1,481-671$371$194,937,5076Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$225,71445%702-281$322$125,135,2799Fox
2Belle$221,02440%476-49$464$7,035,2916Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$156,61620%489-625$320$81,882,4357Fox
4Heaven is for Real$112,92322%446-276$253$88,525,5688Sony / TriStar
5Holiday (2014)$110,582--144--$768$110,5821Reliance Entertainment
6The LEGO Movie$86,545107%274-28$316$255,676,88518Warner Bros.
7The Grand Seduction$86,49572%10713$808$624,1092eOne Films US
8Divergent$77,97187%298-75$262$148,889,49512Lionsgate / Summit
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$67,95143%185-64$367$57,602,39414Fox Searchlight
10Moms' Night Out$52,49525%292-91$180$9,811,1415Sony / TriStar
11The Immigrant$51,90347%145-5$358$1,281,5324Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$50,76254%224-30$227$110,212,84314Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13God's Not Dead$49,154137%20045$246$59,921,83412Freestyle / Pure Flix
14Noah$23,93717%136-46$176$100,974,19511Paramount
15The Railway Man$15,587-51%177-319$88$4,194,3949Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$14,39827%113-60$127$28,757,6979Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$7,75816%105-23$74$22,964,8528Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Words and Pictures$79,897691%9885$815$333,9613Roadside Attractions
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,24215%390$1,211$2,583,05010Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$23,255-21%88-16$264$1,148,6355RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$21,546671%9954$218$20,064,5357Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$10,927-46%84-96$130$8,253,1895Clarius Entertainment
6Filmistaan$9,505--24--$396$9,5051UTV Motion Pictures
7A Haunted House 2$6,8897%44-30$157$17,295,4288Open Road
8Oculus$5,9378%47-36$126$27,631,1019Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$3,616-19%16-26$226$279,4675Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$70063%3-3$233$252,0107RADiUS-TWC
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$133-81%2-2$67$135,9538Rialto Pictures
12The Unknown Known$128--32$43$270,03410RADiUS-TWC
13Heropanti$53-94%3-8$18$62,0873UTV Motion Pictures