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 Thu, Aug. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$1,562,4564%3,371-326$463$258,297,2684Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$1,079,615-1%3,864-116$279$150,655,9803Paramount
3If I Stay$1,035,761-1%2,907--$356$20,562,2821Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$852,114-4%3,032-62$281$49,121,5212Fox
5The November Man$830,236-4%2,776--$299$1,691,4740Relativity Media
6The Giver$554,9082%3,0030$185$26,272,6502Weinstein Company
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$547,8732%1,944-99$282$34,795,2453Disney / DreamWorks
8When the Game Stands Tall$522,6802%2,673--$196$10,670,0921Sony / TriStar
9The Expendables 3$436,577-8%3,2210$136$29,639,0492Lionsgate
10Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$421,675-11%2,894--$146$8,591,5611Weinstein / Dimension
11Lucy$289,185-5%1,559-961$185$115,079,3155Universal
12Into the Storm$230,030-5%2,375-1059$97$39,448,4003Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$161,731-2%723-48$224$17,000,5217IFC Films
2Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$103,036-4%626-636$165$204,419,9917Fox
3Hercules (2014)$78,6679%622-853$126$70,264,9085Paramount
4What If$76,445-5%680-107$112$2,596,0993CBS Films
5A Most Wanted Man$70,3983%433-211$163$14,336,6815Roadside Attractions
6Get On Up$65,935-7%509-592$130$29,005,6654Universal
7How to Train Your Dragon 2$60,74520%353-24$172$172,330,22711Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Calvary$48,107-5%240110$200$1,803,4194Fox Searchlight
9Step Up All In$40,567-20%948-1124$43$13,923,0393Lionsgate / Summit
10Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$38,058-6%302261$126$6,687,55521Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Transformers: Age of Extinction$31,3196%28377$111$243,950,9669Paramount
12Earth to Echo$28,366-1%781627$36$38,173,5628Relativity Media
13And So It Goes$19,8452%156-206$127$14,747,1025Clarius Entertainment
14The Purge: Anarchy$19,445-11%258-317$75$70,807,0256Universal
15X-Men: Days of Future Past$16,1622%188-35$86$232,814,52814Fox
16Chef$15,8993%105-17$151$29,578,08916Open Road
17The Fault in Our Stars$14,866-3%185-21$80$124,491,43212Fox
18Edge of Tomorrow$12,766-4%192-69$66$100,005,01312Warner Bros.
19Tammy$11,169-2%157-119$71$83,416,5038Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yves Saint Laurent$9,633-5%213$459$535,3829Weinstein Company
2Jersey Boys$7,3691%64-51$115$46,732,23010Warner Bros.
3Begin Again$6,72884%39-23$173$14,541,1159Weinstein Company
4Snowpiercer$3,945-17%28-14$141$4,446,4639RADiUS-TWC
5The Grand Seduction$3,9406%19-6$207$3,380,80013eOne Films US
6Godzilla (2014)$3,8762%70-48$55$200,676,06915Warner Bros.
7Blended$3,86923%66-45$59$46,294,61014Warner Bros.
8America (2014)$3,80312%7210$53$14,430,1719Lionsgate
9The One I Love$3,703-24%8--$463$66,6981RADiUS-TWC
10Rio 2$2,573-1%72-56$36$131,492,45820Fox
11Wish I Was Here$1,81819%19-35$96$3,566,3666Focus
12The Fluffy Movie$1,469-1%30-21$49$2,827,3935Open Road
13The LEGO Movie$300-18%7-8$43$257,750,70229Warner Bros.