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, Aug. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$7,480,88855%3,371-326$2,219$246,553,2944Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$7,287,23460%3,864-116$1,886$140,639,1003Paramount
3If I Stay$5,618,206-18%2,907--$1,933$12,445,2131Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$4,539,62838%3,14046$1,446$42,085,2762Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$3,379,18415%2,673--$1,264$6,327,7381Sony / TriStar
6The Giver$2,747,90734%3,0030$915$22,176,6132Weinstein Company
7The Expendables 3$2,746,56046%3,2210$853$25,539,9422Lionsgate
8The Hundred-Foot Journey$2,334,87447%1,944-99$1,201$31,114,3263Disney / DreamWorks
9Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$2,142,501-18%2,894--$740$4,762,2421Weinstein / Dimension
10Into the Storm$1,720,95260%2,375-1059$725$37,299,0623Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$1,501,98048%1,768-752$850$112,752,9805Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$485,28658%733-529$662$203,652,8137Fox
2Get On Up$422,67068%579-522$730$28,439,6654Universal
3A Most Wanted Man$406,33071%433-211$938$13,833,5655Roadside Attractions
4Hercules (2014)$377,88453%622-853$608$69,710,5485Paramount
5Step Up All In$311,94056%948-1124$329$13,476,3123Lionsgate / Summit
6What If$288,03139%680-107$424$2,048,3513CBS Films
7How to Train Your Dragon 2$224,30860%353-24$635$171,971,16411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Calvary$223,51454%240110$931$1,455,9324Fox Searchlight
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$168,37972%28377$595$243,705,6499Paramount
10The Purge: Anarchy$143,11056%295-280$485$70,640,4106Universal
11Earth to Echo$131,17148%781627$168$37,947,8768Relativity Media
12Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$109,30265%302261$362$6,440,79521Warner Bros. / IMAX
1322 Jump Street$82,99146%135-37$615$190,231,24611Sony / Columbia
14Tammy$72,23664%157-119$460$83,338,5598Warner Bros. / New Line
15Chef$67,67385%105-17$645$29,480,05616Open Road
16And So It Goes$65,76550%156-206$422$14,624,1215Clarius Entertainment
17X-Men: Days of Future Past$61,99948%188-35$330$232,707,40114Fox
18The Fault in Our Stars$57,89336%185-21$313$124,395,61212Fox
19Edge of Tomorrow$51,91844%192-69$270$99,918,47612Warner Bros.
20Sex Tape$41,16350%111-206$371$38,010,4536Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The One I Love$22,17846%8--$2,772$37,3841RADiUS-TWC
2Jersey Boys$18,36947%64-51$287$46,689,30610Warner Bros.
3Yves Saint Laurent$18,03116%213$859$479,4349Weinstein Company
4Godzilla (2014)$16,28979%70-48$233$200,651,73115Warner Bros.
5Begin Again$16,06956%39-23$412$14,512,4699Weinstein Company
6Blended$15,47450%66-45$234$46,270,20314Warner Bros.
7Rio 2$11,87937%72-56$165$131,474,82520Fox
8Snowpiercer$11,57772%28-14$413$4,421,8879RADiUS-TWC
9America (2014)$9,30438%7210$129$14,406,0779Lionsgate
10The Grand Seduction$7,20128%19-6$379$3,363,45813eOne Films US
11The Fluffy Movie$6,40657%30-21$214$2,816,7125Open Road
12Wish I Was Here$4,84537%19-35$255$3,557,7186Focus
13The LEGO Movie$150-12%7-8$21$257,749,59029Warner Bros.
14Fed Up$12239%2-3$61$1,538,82216RADiUS-TWC