Weekend Box Office: OUIJA Scares the Hell Out of JOHN WICK
The board game adaptation Ouija “scared the sh*t out of” Keanu Reeves’ action pic John Wick and took in an estimated $20m over the key pre-Halloween weekend. SMH.
Yeah, it’s October, the month of horror movies. From bad to good. Hit man flick was second with $14.1 million. In my book, John Wick was rad. Reeves’ previous film, 2013’s 47 Ronin, opened to $9.9 million last year and he doesn’t have a bunch of mega-openings so big thumbs up for Lionsgate’s marketing campaign too.
The $5 million micro-budget Blumhouse entry, however, didn’t win the exit polling which went to the Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy film St. Vincent, which has “exits of 90% in the top 2 boxes and a 72% definite recommend,” moving up to sixth place with $8 million.
Last weekend’s box office champ, Brad Pitt’s WWII tank film Fury, directed by David Ayer, dropped 45.2% for a $13 million second weekend, ahead of David Fincher’s marital noir Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, which made $11.1 million in its fourth week, dropping only 36.6% with a domestic cumulative total now over $124 million.
The Mexican mythical tale The Book of Life rounded out the top five with $9.8 million, a drop of 42% from its opening. Guillermo Del Toro-produced computer-animated family feature should have another couple of weekends before Big Hero 6 arrives into theaters on November 7th.
Next weekend has Jake Gyllenhaal’s well-reviewed crime drama Nightcrawler, hitting around 2,800 theaters, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth star in the thriller Before I Go to Sleep, Daniel Radcliffe has an evil problem in Horns, and James Wan’s original Saw movie is coming back for its tenth anniversary.