Weekend Wrap-Up

Ouija Wins; Wick Stronger Than Expected

By John Hamann

October 26, 2014

Later, they're going to run into a shed full of chainsaws.

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Bill Murray’s successful platform release St. Vincent went wide this weekend, expanding from 68 venues last weekend to 2,282 venues this weekend. St. Vincent was not expected to dominate anything this weekend, and did what it was expected to do, earning $8 million. It earns an okay venue average of $3,53`, and will need some strong word-of-mouth to keep it from dropping off. It earned an A- Cinemascore, which joins decent reviews (75% fresh at RottenTomatoes), so its prospects are decent going forward. It is distributed by The Weinstein Company, and cost $13 million to make.

Seventh goes to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The family film earned $7 million and fell 39% after dropping only 37% last weekend. The Disney production has now earned $45.5 million domestically, and is approaching $10 million from overseas theaters.

Eighth goes to The Best of Me, which falls on its head this weekend due to wildly bad reviews. After debuting to $10 million last weekend, the Nicolas Sparks adaptation earned only $4.7 million in its second weekend, dropping 53%. Made for $26 million, The Best of Me has now earned $17.7 million. The scariest thing you could do on Halloween weekend is to take in a double feature of Ouija and The Best of Me.


Ninth is The Judge, a film that does well on weekdays, but then fades badly during the weekend. Following a few days last week in third, The Judge falls on the weekend, earning only $4.3 million, a drop of 45% versus last weekend. The $50 million Robert Downey Jr. flick has now earned $34.4 million stateside, and will need a good push overseas to keep from being in real trouble.

Tenth goes to Dracula Untold, as the king of vampires isn’t going to make it to Halloween weekend. After earning just shy of $10 million last weekend, Dracula Untold (and unseen) earned only $4.3 million this weekend, giving it a drop of 57%. The $70 million production has earned $48.3 million in North America and is being bailed out overseas where it has put $117 million in in the kitty already.

In limited release, Birdman remains the big story, as the Michael Keaton Oscar seeker earned another $1.4 millionfrom only 50 venues, giving it an average of $28,720. Roadside Attraction’s Dear White People expanded to 384 screens, and pulled in $1.3 million.

Overall, the box office faded a bit this weekend, but is still either on par with last October or ahead. The top 12 films this weekend earned $102.7 million – a decent score in October – and was slightly ahead of last year’s top 12, which took in $94.9 million, thanks to $32 million from Bad Grandpa. Next weekend the brakes go on, as Halloween falls on a Friday. New releases contending with the schedule include Nightcrawler, with a crazy looking Jake Gyllenhaal, Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman, and a re-release of Saw on its 10th Anniversary.

Top Weekend Box Office for 10/24/14-10/26/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Ouija Universal $20,006,000 New $20,006,000
2 John Wick Lionsgate $14,150,000 New $14,150,000
3 Fury Sony $13,000,000 - 45% $46,050,000
4 Gone Girl Fox $11,100,000 - 37% $124,093,200
5 The Book of Life Fox $9,800,000 - 42% $29,913,400
6 St. Vincent $8,058,000 +1111% $9,188,957
7 Alexander And the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Disney $7,023,000 - 39% $45,544,000
8 The Best of Me Relativity $4,736,000 - 53% $17,662,674
9 The Judge WARNER BROS. $4,345,000 - 45% $34,377,000
10 Dracula Untold Universal $4,302,480 - 57% $48,327,870
11 Annabelle WARNER BROS. $3,330,000 - 58% $79,481,000
12 The Equalizer The Weinstein Co. $2,800,000 - 48% $93,775,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Happy New Year Yash Raj $1,900,000 New $1,900,000
  23 Blast Abramorama $401,897 New $401,897
  Laggies A24 $78,470 New $78,470
  Citizenfour Radius/TWC $125,172 New $125,172
  Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Area 23a $86,829 New $86,829
  Force Majeure Magnolia $20,000 New $20,000
  The Principle Rocky Mountain Pictures $8,677 New $8,677
  Low Down Oscilloscope $7,000 New $7,000
  Birdman FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,436,100 + 238% $2,066,500
  Dear White People Roadside Attractions $1,400,000 + 302% $2,000,000
  The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids $63,467 + 16% $140,947
  Listen Up Philip Tribeca Film $58,850 + 153% $91,655
  Addicted Lionsgate $1,500,000 - 57% $15,336,702
  Whiplash Sony Classics $265,792 + 36% $747,865
  Awake: the Life of Yogananda Counterpoint Films $58,672 - 22% $217,710
  The Boxtrolls Focus Features $900,000 - 67% $47,578,366
  The Maze Runner Fox $2,240,000 - 49% $94,010,100
  Guardians of the Galaxy Disney $545,000 - 43% $328,640,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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