Weekend Forecast: 'Ouija', 'John Wick', & 'St. Vincent'

Featured Stories - on October 22, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

oct24.pngTwo new wide releases and a nationwide expansion make up this weekend's penultimate frame before the holiday season begins.

Ouija

PROS:

- The brand name and PG-13 rating should help sell the horror pic thanks to awareness built up over multiple generations through the board game.
- Releasing in close proximity to Halloween will no doubt entice horror fans and mainstream audiences alike. 
- Twitter and Facebook activity have been outstanding, comparing very well with recent hit Annabelle.

CONS:

- Did Annabelle satiate audiences' desire for scares over the past few weeks?
- Flixster activity has left something to be desired overall, although its own activity has picked up in the past two weeks.
- The recent string of box office hits since late September could put a damper on breakout odds.

John Wick

PROS:

- Strong buzz and critical reviews have been snowballing into very positive signs for this sleeper.
- Marketing has done a fine job at emphasizing the life-imitating-art aspect of Keanu Reeves' comeback.
- Online activity has soared in recent weeks, thanks partly to Lionsgate's advance screenings around the country.

CONS:

- Has Reeves reconstructed his image enough to generate drawing power outside the film community?
- The recent string of box office hits since late September could put a damper on breakout odds.

St. Vincent

PROS:

- The pairing of comedy icon Bill Murray and new-found star Melissa McCarthy should be quite appealing, especially in suburban areas for this flick.
- TWC has expressed a great deal of confidence in the film's ability to play following a solid run in platform and limited release this month.

CONS:

- Not coming from one of the major studios, it's still possible (if not likely) that mainstream audiences aren't altogether aware of the film. 
- The surprise announcement of a 2,000+ theater expansion this weekend may still translate into a slow-burn type of run.

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, Oct. 26
Ouija Oct 24, 2014 Universal
$28,000,000 $28,000,000
John Wick Oct 24, 2014 Lionsgate / Summit
$17,000,000 $17,000,000
Fury (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$14,500,000 $47,500,000
Gone Girl Oct 3, 2014 Fox
$12,000,000 $125,000,000
The Book of Life (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Fox
$11,000,000 $31,300,000
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Oct 10, 2014 Disney
$7,700,000 $46,200,000
St. Vincent Oct 10, 2014 Weinstein Company
$6,000,000 $7,100,000
The Judge Oct 10, 2014 Warner Bros.
$5,000,000 $35,000,000
Dracula Untold Oct 10, 2014 Universal
$4,800,000 $48,800,000
The Best of Me Oct 17, 2014 Relativity Media
$4,700,000 $17,500,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: Ouija, St. Vincent, John Wick, predictions

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