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, Jul. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$11,786,650-22%3,173--$3,715$43,899,3401Universal
2Hercules (2014)$8,515,435-17%3,595--$2,369$29,800,2631Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$5,313,217-21%3,668-301$1,449$172,455,8893Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$3,071,440-22%2,85650$1,075$51,858,9052Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$3,037,271-18%3,83913$791$35,347,4782Disney
6Sex Tape$1,780,133-25%3,0620$581$26,953,5822Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,493,311-21%2,476-748$603$236,455,0285Paramount
8And So It Goes$1,390,642-26%1,762--$789$4,642,3291Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$955,975-32%2,562-840$373$78,201,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
1022 Jump Street$772,510-25%1,613-616$479$185,754,5707Sony / Columbia
11How to Train Your Dragon 2$772,360-9%1,358-811$569$165,663,7997Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Maleficent$570,893-21%1,077-464$530$232,174,4229Disney
13Begin Again$491,873-25%1,244-58$395$12,310,7535Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$411,915-24%1,272-1178$324$35,531,8264Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$828,074-27%361--$2,294$2,687,2271Roadside Attractions
2The Fluffy Movie$365,105-16%432--$845$1,311,4461Open Road
3Wish I Was Here$360,293-21%625557$576$1,879,7882Focus
4Kick$294,053-29%177--$1,661$1,071,3731UTV Motion Pictures
5America (2014)$293,473-18%760-270$386$13,242,5045Lionsgate
6Chef$255,254-22%405-147$630$27,262,92612Open Road
7Jersey Boys$161,618-24%462-541$350$45,640,0166Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$151,448-16%387-170$391$122,703,9948Fox
9Edge of Tomorrow$147,260-33%353-249$417$97,709,5178Warner Bros.
10Godzilla (2014)$124,128-18%302-24$411$199,704,02511Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$119,724-26%289-98$414$231,272,87010Fox
12Think Like a Man Too$94,767-39%317-311$299$64,744,0356Sony / Screen Gems
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$76,091-30%321-1170$237$30,288,0564Sony / Screen Gems
14Snowpiercer$65,638-21%149-62$441$3,904,4585RADiUS-TWC
15Rio 2$65,198-26%230-26$283$130,678,66216Fox
16Blended$60,457-26%223-62$271$45,607,49010Warner Bros.
17The Amazing Spider-Man 2$54,182-23%187-31$290$202,408,52613Sony / Columbia
18Neighbors (2014)$54,080-50%208-22$260$149,489,92512Universal
19Heaven is for Real$29,053-23%129-20$225$91,269,77115Sony / TriStar
20The LEGO Movie$13,40118%2020$66$257,582,91425Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$61,171-9%410$1,492$5,030,52617Warner Bros. / IMAX
2I Origins$25,598-16%7672$337$118,8292Fox Searchlight
3The Grand Seduction$21,443-40%74-16$290$3,099,2409eOne Films US
4Belle$18,688-15%58-34$322$10,576,61013Fox Searchlight
5Words and Pictures$9,198-18%28-5$329$2,112,28910Roadside Attractions
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,780-15%58-5$134$111,341,86721Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Other Woman (2014)$5,630-29%39-21$144$83,865,72114Fox
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,395-13%8-3$674$242,3585Weinstein Company
9Fed Up$2,10075%131$162$1,528,24012RADiUS-TWC
10God's Not Dead$1,458-7%9-2$162$60,746,70419Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Come Back to Me$1,24122%10--$124$4,1561Freestyle Releasing
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$37230%6-2$62$8,460,99012Clarius Entertainment
13The Hornet's Nest$3201%10$320$311,97512Freestyle Releasing
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$230-48%4-6$58$209,0578RADiUS-TWC
15A Long Way Off$20725%1--$207$28,9518Moving Visions Entertainment