It may have been a slow session, but that won’t stop Universal executives celebrating a number one berth heading into Halloween this week and top brass at The Weinstein Company feeling good about St. Vincent.
Ouija’s estimated $20m debut saw the horror film finish one place ahead of Keanu Reeves revenge tale John Wick on $14.2m, of which $2.5m came from 347 Imax screens.
Meanwhile St. Vincent, the comedy starring Bill Murray and Naomi Watts, stormed nine places up the charts to land in sixth place on $8.1m following an expansion by The Weinstein Company from 68 sites to 2,282. After three weekends the running total stands at $9.2m.
Overall box office for the top 12 amounted to $102.7m, falling 15.5% against last weekend and dropping roughly 8% against the same session in 2013.
Last weekend’s champion, Fury, slipped to third place on $13m for $46.1m after two sessions, while Fox’s Gone Girl on $124.9m ranks fourth.
Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour arrived through RADiUS on $125,000 from five sites for a $25,000 per-site average.
Laggies starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell opened though A24 on $78,500 from five sites.
This weekend’s wide releases are the Jake Gyllenhaal drama Nightcrawler through Open Road Films; Saw 10th Anniversary re-release through Lionsgate; and thriller Before I Go To Sleep through Clarius Entertainment.
Estimated Top 10 North America Oct 24-26, 2014
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) Ouija (Universal) UPI $20m –
2 (-) John Wick (Lionsgate-Summit) Lionsgate $14.2m –
3 (1) Fury (Sony Pictures) QED International $13m $46.1m
4 (2) Gone Girl (Fox) Fox International $11.1m $124.1m
5 (3) The Book Of Life (Fox) Fox International $9.8m $29.9m
6 (15) St. Vincent (TWC) TWC International $8.1m $9.2m
7 (4) Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $7m $45.5m
8 (5) The Best Of Me (Relativity Media) Relativity International $4.7m $17.7m
9 (7) The Judge (Warner Bros) WBPI $4.35m $34.4m
10 (6) Dracula Untold (Universal) UPI $4.3m $48.3m