some interest among some film business watchers this weekend on how the action
thriller “John Wick,” with Keanu Reeves, would do this weekend.
The main reason is
because Reeves got some notice this past week when he revealed in an interview
that offers for film roles from studios had dried up of late, in large part to
his two mega flops – the disastrous remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and
the production plagued mess “47 Ronin,” which went way over budget due to a year’s
worth of reshoots, costing a reported $225 million, and becoming the biggest box
office flop of 2013.
So if “John
Wick” did well, in what was a lackluster weekend for new films, it could perhaps
signal a major comeback for Reeves.
“John Wick” came in second, with $14.5 million, behind Universal’s horror film “Ouija.” That may not sound
like good news for “John Wick” and Reeves, but it has a couple of things in its
One, that it
was a modestly budgeted film (reportedly somewhere around $20-25 million), not anything
near the $225 million spent on “47 Ronin;” and second, that it has gotten really excellent
reviews across the board, so it will probably have some b.o. legs in the next few weeks, and hang around
for a while.
Meanwhile “Ouija,” which had gotten terrible reviews, will no doubt drop quickly during the new few weeks.
As expected, “Gone
Girl” is still pulling in audiences, with a fourth place finish this weekend, and
just over $124 million to date. The film will easily beat director David Fincher’s previous box office champ, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which grossed a
total of $127 million domestically.
Though “The Equalizer” is down to 12th place, it’s inching closer to the $100 million
mark. But it may fall just short of that. However it’s still doing great business
overseas, with almost $70 million to date, including recent strong openings in Italy,
Germany and Spain, and has yet to open in Japan.
course you want to know how “Dear White People” (the film that the will change
black cinema forever – I kid I kid)
performed this weekendm after expanding to 384 screens, following last week opening in just 11 theaters. And the answer is, not bad. It made some $1,314,000 this
weekend, for total to date of $1,757,000. The film will keep expanding in more
theaters, building on good word of mouth as the weeks continue.