Friday Box Office: OUIJA Conjures Easy Win; JOHN WICK Strong in Second

     October 25, 2014

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After four adult-skewing frames in a row, teen audiences will regain control of the box office with Ouija this weekend.  The PG-13 horror movie starring Hasbro’s venerable “board game,” earned $8.3 million from 2,858 locations on Friday despite receiving some of the worst reviews of the year.  Ouija is not going to break out like R-rated Annabelle did a few weeks back, but the Universal release should have no trouble summoning over $20 million on its first weekend in theatres.  John Wick took second place yesterday, earning an estimated $5.45 million from 2,589 locations.  The R-rated drama marks the return of Keanu Reeves to the action genre after a less than stellar run in 47 Ronin last year.  Originally expected to bring in under $12 million, good reviews and strong word of mouth should get John Wick closer to $15 million through Sunday.

More box office news and Friday’s top five after the jump.

st-vincent-image-bill-murray-jaeden-ieberherAfter two weeks in limited release, The Weinstein Co.’s St. Vincent went wide on Friday, taking in an estimated $2.6 million from 2,282 locations.  The comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy had the highest CinemaScore (A-) among this weekend’s major releases and should end the weekend with over $8 million.

Fury fell to third place on Friday after leading the domestic box office for seven straight days.  The WWII drama was down an estimated 53% from its opening day and has brought in a domestic total of $37.1 million in its first eight days.

Check back tomorrow for complete box office details, including the expansions of Birdman and Dear White People.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Ouija $8,300,000 $8.3
2.  John Wick $5,450,000 $5.4
3.  Fury $4,100,000 $37.1
4.  Gone Girl $3,475,000 $116.4
5.  St. Vincent $2,550,000 $3.68
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