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.

 

Weekend domestic gross

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 07)$48,083,368-42%$65,655,749-40%Guardians of the Galaxy
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 14)$73,297,49352%$91,079,82439%No Good Deed (2014)
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 21)$90,003,66723%$102,537,10513%The Maze Runner
39 (Sep 26 - Sep 28)$95,966,6317%$107,209,6985%The Equalizer
35 (Aug 29 - Aug 31)$82,775,516-15%$109,332,503-5%Guardians of the Galaxy
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,841,162-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,764,238-12%The Other Woman (2014)
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 19)$115,233,422-13%$131,244,929-13%Fury (2014)
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,682,787-11%Neighbors (2014)
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,793,829-22%Think Like a Man Too
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 05)$136,249,16142%$148,956,07439%Gone Girl
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,168,728-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 12)$131,948,473-3%$150,534,5751%Gone Girl
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,996,10832%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,885,920-2%The Fault in Our Stars
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,449,158-11%Maleficent
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,372,83331%Godzilla (2014)
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$180,004,11323%Transformers: Age of Extinction
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$186,189,3020%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,232,5075%X-Men: Days of Future Past