The last weekend of the month brings us Ted’s latest adventure, but a low-budget horror flick will likely come out on top.
At 2,858 theaters, “Ouija” will do well with moviegoers looking for a spooktacular good time this weekend. The movie revolves around a group of teens who try to connect with their deceased friend via a Ouija board, and of course things don’t go as planned.
The low-budget horror movie comes courtesy of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse. “Ouija” stars Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos, Erin Moriarty, and Vivis Colombetti. Yeah, I have no idea who any f those people are.
Regardless, “Ouija” should do quite well with teen moviegoers, and people looking for an early Halloween treat. As you’d expect, critics hate this movie. As of this morning “Ouija” has 10 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Eeek. However, the movie should open it first place with a solid $20 million. After that it will probably go down the tubes, but at least you can say it was a hit for one week.
Opening at 2,589 theaters, “John Wick” features something we used to like: Keanu Reeves kicking someone’s ass. Reeves plays the title character, a former hitman who returns to his old ways to enact vengeance on a set of gangsters who offed his dog.
I realize this doesn’t sound like much of a plot, but remember “The Big Lebowski” was about a guy urinating on The Dude’s rug, and the movie is considered a classic now (as it should be).
Lionsgate has done a nice job marketing “John Wick” as an action movie. Advertisements have made the rounds during sporting events and other male oriented shows. They also feature Reeves delivering the line “Yeah, I’m thinking I’m back,” which always delivers a good laugh.
“John Wick” should also benefit from some impressive reviews: as of Friday morning it’s at 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Just to be clear: A Keanu Reeves is getting good reviews. There’s something you don’t hear everyday.
“John Wick” should open in the $12-$15 million range. It really will depend on wether the film brings in a female audience. If it doesn’t, then it will probably open in third or fourth place.
And finally, after two weeks in limited release, “St. Vincent” expands to 2,282 theaters this weekend. The movie stars Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, and has received solid reviews (74 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).
The thing I find surprising here is that Melissa McCarthy has not been the focus of the marketing campaign. Possible due to the so so response to “Tammy”?