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, Jun. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$10,675,116-21%3,9480$2,704$128,175,2322Disney
2The Fault in Our Stars$9,259,822-27%3,173--$2,918$48,002,5231Fox
3Edge of Tomorrow$7,680,847-27%3,490--$2,201$28,760,2461Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$4,468,257-28%3,639-362$1,228$189,556,0803Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$2,179,020-25%3,1602$690$30,338,4652Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$1,830,620-27%3,110-391$589$185,214,1854Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$1,498,770-31%2,674-265$560$137,925,6505Universal
8Blended$1,140,718-33%2,928-627$390$36,581,3473Warner Bros.
9Chef$796,303-28%1,298674$613$10,383,5245Open Road
10The Amazing Spider-Man 2$598,078-27%1,481-671$404$196,350,2396Sony / Columbia
11Million Dollar Arm$556,253-35%1,643-686$339$31,550,9804Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$245,444-19%702-281$350$125,682,3929Fox
2Belle$234,726-27%476-49$493$7,592,4996Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$133,792-35%489-625$274$82,221,9307Fox
4Holiday (2014)$127,213-19%144--$883$394,7971Reliance Entertainment
5Heaven is for Real$125,502-20%446-276$281$88,807,5238Sony / TriStar
6The LEGO Movie$84,479-28%274-28$308$255,878,39218Warner Bros.
7The Grand Seduction$80,966-31%10713$757$822,8012eOne Films US
8Divergent$70,690-31%298-75$237$149,063,25912Lionsgate / Summit
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$68,100-36%185-64$368$57,777,52214Fox Searchlight
10God's Not Dead$58,060-11%20045$290$60,044,96012Freestyle / Pure Flix
11The Immigrant$57,634-30%145-5$397$1,421,8594Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$55,590-23%224-30$248$110,340,22414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Moms' Night Out$45,303-23%292-91$155$9,915,4055Sony / TriStar
14Noah$32,338-14%136-46$238$101,044,09211Paramount
15The Railway Man$17,789-14%177-319$101$4,232,8989Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$11,828-29%113-60$105$28,786,1439Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$7,290-26%105-23$69$22,982,0578Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Words and Pictures$77,925-38%9885$795$536,7123Roadside Attractions
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,317-8%390$829$2,650,46610Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$31,218-13%88-16$355$1,215,7345RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$25,786-13%9954$260$20,120,0297Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$10,998-27%84-96$131$8,279,2355Clarius Entertainment
6A Haunted House 2$8,585-18%44-30$195$17,314,4848Open Road
7Oculus$7,537-18%47-36$160$27,647,8099Relativity Media
8Filmistaan$7,041-52%24--$293$31,1131UTV Motion Pictures
9The Hornet's Nest$3,705-27%16-26$232$288,2145Freestyle Releasing
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,4934604%2-2$1,247$138,4998Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$845-11%3-3$282$253,8057RADiUS-TWC
12The Unknown Known$66640%32$222$271,17510RADiUS-TWC
13Heropanti$8826%3-8$29$62,2453UTV Motion Pictures