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, Jul. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$10,619,66910%4,2330$2,509$148,965,4382Paramount
2Tammy$6,415,64216%3,465--$1,852$18,145,1821Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,763,37713%3,297-453$838$134,017,7414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Earth to Echo$2,646,5624%3,230--$819$7,849,4611Relativity Media
5Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$2,542,820-4%3,049--$834$8,054,6721Sony / Screen Gems
622 Jump Street$2,537,0632%3,324-102$763$152,003,3564Sony / Columbia
7Maleficent$1,831,44420%2,389-684$767$209,591,9326Disney
8Jersey Boys$1,797,88264%2,630-275$684$33,333,6773Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$1,325,14721%1,729-496$766$53,623,8713Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$1,018,97725%1,538-997$663$88,246,1305Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$1,008,74661%1,1051102$913$2,327,7142Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$641,579-16%1,865-980$344$114,045,1085Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$537,86231%1,044-970$515$225,757,8647Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$536,19375%686-115$782$20,897,9459Open Road
2Begin Again$424,93698%175170$2,428$963,1852Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$295,83979%250242$1,183$797,3582RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$115,72814%28915$400$200,593,34010Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (2014)$111,5656%352-398$317$197,595,1798Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$92,8452%315-195$295$147,714,4759Universal
7Blended$92,67554%305-170$304$43,938,6907Warner Bros.
8Rio 2$90,153-1%311-11$290$128,593,28113Fox
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$69,32517%227-256$305$42,052,4956Universal
10Belle$57,58635%123-52$468$9,867,30510Fox Searchlight
11Heaven is for Real$47,9541%186-25$258$90,397,81512Sony / TriStar
12Divergent$33,863-16%184-26$184$150,720,98416Lionsgate / Summit
13The Other Woman (2014)$20,693-27%142-53$146$83,527,30011Fox
14The LEGO Movie$18,701-38%240-95$78$257,140,90422Warner Bros.
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$13,748-25%111-30$124$111,103,33918Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$50,73964%91-28$558$2,356,3996eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,739-13%410$1,189$3,791,53914Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$28,58274%61-44$469$1,823,6937Roadside Attractions
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$27,98533%72-18$389$58,650,58918Fox Searchlight
5Yves Saint Laurent$13,316118%108$1,332$67,8772Weinstein Company
6Moms' Night Out$12,98816%96-21$135$10,340,0569Sony / TriStar
7God's Not Dead$9,702-23%60-30$162$60,657,87716Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2,419-8%12-19$202$188,6755RADiUS-TWC
9The Railway Man$2,224-23%14-24$159$4,420,54313Weinstein Company
10The Hornet's Nest$2,1812378%1-1$2,181$309,5139Freestyle Releasing
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$2,09271%232$91$8,441,8989Clarius Entertainment
12The Signal (2014)$1,68212%35-145$48$583,1474Focus
13Fed Up$1,330-79%18-14$74$1,482,6379RADiUS-TWC
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$453126%1--$453$144,21012Rialto Pictures