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 Sat, Jul. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$14,774,04542%3,9692$3,722$128,147,6562Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$9,513,510-27%2,806--$3,390$22,520,0551Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$6,607,2114%3,826--$1,727$12,975,2721Disney
4Sex Tape$5,282,732-7%3,062--$1,725$10,952,7431Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,086,85446%3,224-689$1,268$224,036,9724Paramount
6Tammy$3,119,55436%3,402-63$917$69,062,5663Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$1,953,59138%2,229-582$876$179,183,4496Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,613,89648%2,169-716$744$159,573,4906Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Maleficent$1,351,64240%1,541-536$877$227,383,7898Disney
10Earth to Echo$1,326,16030%2,450-780$541$31,065,2203Relativity Media
11Begin Again$1,153,53655%1,302363$886$8,622,6564Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$687,72636%1,030-75$668$10,936,1844Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$619,67426%1,491-1558$416$28,795,5443Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$532,90970%1,003-965$531$44,080,1305Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$505,09087%552-149$915$25,586,87711Open Road
2Edge of Tomorrow$475,70048%602-501$790$96,310,7647Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man Too$456,70733%628-603$727$63,664,7155Sony / Screen Gems
4The Fault in Our Stars$323,31925%557-445$580$121,364,6597Fox
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$311,94558%387-268$806$230,284,2649Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$210,73843%32623$646$198,863,00110Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$188,69549%211-145$894$3,316,3864RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$122,42332%256-29$478$130,151,40015Fox
9Blended$112,19232%285-50$394$45,134,4299Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$105,77542%230-37$460$149,020,58011Universal
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$99,36846%218-57$456$202,014,44112Sony / Columbia
12Heaven is for Real$53,52746%149-24$359$91,042,59914Sony / TriStar
13The LEGO Movie$14,552-2%202-148$72$257,471,95124Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wish I Was Here$194,10929%68--$2,855$344,3751Focus
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$62,68921%410$1,529$4,573,74816Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$57,49682%90-2$639$2,900,8548eOne Films US
4Belle$48,15571%92-15$523$10,414,00112Fox Searchlight
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$23,29672%46-17$506$58,927,50020Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$18,19485%33-7$551$2,045,1229Roadside Attractions
7The Other Woman (2014)$14,36225%60-36$239$83,811,10713Fox
8I Origins$10,48910%4--$2,622$20,0191Fox Searchlight
9Yves Saint Laurent$10,06849%11-3$915$201,5564Weinstein Company
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,40733%63-15$149$111,284,16320Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11God's Not Dead$2,33034%11-14$212$60,735,51318Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,27510%104$128$205,3637RADiUS-TWC
13Fed Up$1,223-54%12-8$102$1,513,78611RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$2304%8-2$29$8,458,57111Clarius Entertainment
15The Hornet's Nest$76-22%1-1$76$310,90111Freestyle Releasing