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.

 

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 11)$63,265,254-49%$87,343,000-47%Guardians of the Galaxy
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 18)$91,833,86445%$115,981,00033%No Good Deed (2014)
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 25)$114,768,66225%$132,059,00014%The Maze Runner
39 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$122,343,7867%$138,699,0005%The Equalizer
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$151,557,000-16%The Other Woman (2014)
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,657,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$122,883,981-6%$163,465,0004%Guardians of the Galaxy
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 23)$150,451,372-16%$172,176,000-16%Fury (2014)
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$179,009,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 09)$175,329,01643%$192,966,00039%Gone Girl
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$193,165,00027%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,647,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 16)$178,679,7542%$204,903,0006%Gone Girl
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$220,078,000-20%22 Jump Street
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,449,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$228,446,0004%Lucy
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,493,000-17%Maleficent
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,537,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,893,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,816,00017%22 Jump Street
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$276,135,0002%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$276,208,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,843,00032%Transformers: Age of Extinction