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 Mon, Jul. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,770,186-59%4,2330$1,127$180,166,1402Paramount
2Tammy$2,779,421-57%3,465--$802$36,086,0101Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$1,549,320-50%3,324-102$466$160,818,9454Sony / Columbia
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,445,085-47%3,297-453$438$141,660,5374Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,425,239-54%3,049--$467$16,677,5621Sony / Screen Gems
6Earth to Echo$1,291,843-49%3,230--$400$14,859,4001Relativity Media
7Maleficent$951,353-50%2,389-684$398$214,871,0176Disney
8Think Like a Man Too$603,494-58%1,729-496$349$57,776,3233Sony / Screen Gems
9Jersey Boys$586,087-59%2,630-275$223$37,277,0273Warner Bros.
10The Fault in Our Stars$557,061-35%1,865-980$299$116,475,7035Fox
11Edge of Tomorrow$478,114-56%1,538-997$311$91,365,6045Warner Bros.
12America (2014)$356,055-55%1,1051102$322$4,418,7762Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$276,624-52%1,044-970$265$227,389,7537Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$190,307-61%686-115$277$22,247,7379Open Road
2Begin Again$133,367-61%175170$762$1,928,1992Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$132,555-59%250242$530$1,642,0002RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$74,635-39%311-11$240$128,947,44913Fox
5Neighbors (2014)$59,960-53%315-195$190$148,099,0159Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$52,589-58%352-398$149$197,955,3118Warner Bros.
7Blended$43,735-50%305-170$143$44,223,9537Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$34,155-54%227-256$150$42,298,8606Universal
9Divergent$27,782-40%184-26$151$150,859,98516Lionsgate / Summit
10Belle$25,668-52%123-52$209$10,024,12510Fox Searchlight
11The LEGO Movie$16,228-23%240-95$68$257,202,39322Warner Bros.
12The Other Woman (2014)$15,749-50%142-53$111$83,618,46411Fox
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$10,168-34%111-30$92$111,151,23218Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,833-9%410$996$3,932,83714Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$23,836-49%91-28$262$2,498,1576eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$14,005-54%72-18$195$58,736,69818Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$10,250-65%61-44$168$1,903,4107Roadside Attractions
5Yves Saint Laurent$7,044-55%108$704$108,7462Weinstein Company
6God's Not Dead$5,748-51%60-30$96$60,690,12716Freestyle / Pure Flix
7Fed Up$1,465-49%18-14$81$1,489,6049RADiUS-TWC
8The Railway Man$1,463-13%14-24$105$4,426,76813Weinstein Company
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,317-60%232$57$8,450,4829Clarius Entertainment
10The Signal (2014)$1,195-44%35-145$34$589,4004Focus
11Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,127-62%12-19$94$195,9175RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1081%1--$108$144,67012Rialto Pictures
13The Hornet's Nest$170%1-1$17$309,5689Freestyle Releasing