Ouija, a microbudget, house game-inspired fear pic, came out on tip in a opening weekend with a clever (but expected) $20 million display from 2,858 locations. Meanwhile, Keanu Reeves’ John Wick valid a possess strength with a $14.15 million weekend, that doesn’t look all that considerable on a possess though is roughly double what tracking likely for a bloody punish thriller.
Critics competence have hated Ouija (even audiences slapped it with a C CinemaScore), though it is a box bureau law zodiacally concurred that teenagers will spin out for fear films, no matter how feeble reviewed — especially when they open usually days before Halloween. Audiences were a whopping 75 percent underneath 25, 61 percent womanlike and ethnically mixed. (39 percent of audiences were Hispanic, 31 percent Caucasian, and 12 percent African American.) It also non-stop in 5 general territories to $1.3 million and will continue a rollout over a subsequent few months. Ouija cost Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes underneath $5 million to produce, so no matter what arrange of thespian dump off Ouija competence humour in weekend two, it’s already another micro bill success for Universal and Blumhouse.
“We saw how this film worked with a aim audience,” Universal’s President of Domestic Distribution Nikki Rocco told EW. “We watched a tracking for a final 3 weeks, and there is something to be pronounced for creation these microbudget films and creation them really, unequivocally work. The PG-13 was so smart. It works. PG-13 works. And here are a results.”
Lionsgate and Summit’s R-rated murderer pic John Wick (B CinemaScore) took a second place mark with $14.15 million from 2,589 theaters. Budgets haven’t been reported for this one, though it is a outrageous win for star Keanu Reeves on a few levels. Critics desired it and a movie does, in some ways, redeem Reeves from final year’s epic wave 47 Ronin, a $175 million pic that non-stop to usually $9.9 million. It helped that John Wick was personification on both IMAX and reward vast format screens, too. $2.5 million of a weekend take was from 347 IMAX screens. Still, it would be engaging to know how this competence have fared but so many foe in a R-rated space.
The rest of a tip 5 were holdovers, including David Ayer’s WWII tale Fury, that fell a slight 45 percent from final weekend’s opening, a good sign for a life during a box bureau in a entrance weeks. Gone Girl took a fourth place mark with $11.1 million. In a subsequent few days, it will pass The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($127.5 million) to turn David Fincher’s tip earner to date. Finally, a charcterised anticipation The Book of Life fell 42 percent in weekend two, bringing a domestic cume to $29.91 million.
1. Ouija — $20 million
2. John Wick — $14.15 million
3. Fury — $13 million ($46.05 million domestic total)
4. Gone Girl — $11.1 million ($124.09 million domestic total)
5. The Book of Life — $9.8 million ($29.91 million domestic total)
The Weinstein Company’s St. Vincent (A- Cinema Score) combined over 2,200 screens for a third weekend in theaters, hardly blank a tip 5 with $8.1 million.
In singular release, Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour non-stop on 5 screens to a strong $125K. “With well-developed reviews, sell out crowds and mixed station ovations, Citizenfour is already on lane to apropos one of a biggest documentaries of a final 5 years,” said RADiUS co-president Tom Quinn. “As one of a many transcendent, ancestral and stirring pieces of cinema I’ve ever come across, we see no boundary in how distant we can take this.” Lynn Shelton’s coming-of-age Sundance pic Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, also non-stop on 5 screens and took in an estimated $78.5K.
Also of note: Lucy non-stop in China this weekend to an estimated $19 million, while Disney’s Big Hero 6 debuted in Russia and a Ukraine in allege of a Nov. 7 North American opening to take advantage of propagandize holidays. The charcterised pic warranted $4.8 million opposite dual days, that is aloft than Wreck-It Ralph and on standard with Tangled.