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.
After 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.