‘Ouija’ Prequel Stumbles Despite Solid Reviews

By October 23, 2016


It’s getting far better reviews than its 2014 predecessor, but Ouija: Origin of Evil is pacing well behind the first film based on the so-called supernatural board game.

The horror prequel earned $14.1 million over the weekend, according to The Numbers, finishing in third behind Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

The Universal Studios film, from writer and director Mike Flanagan, couldn’t reach the $20 million opening of Ouija, which not only was panned by critics, but slammed.

The same wasn’t true for Origin of Evil, which was liked by more than 80 percent of the critics who reviewed it, according to Rotten Tomatoes. However, it was actually a pretty strong weekend at the box office overall, with the top five films earning just $86 million, compared to $62.3 million a year ago. In fact, the weekend was up more than 34 percent from last weekend, when The Accountant took the top spot.

Tyler Perry’s latest film opened with $27.6 million, more than doubling the per-screen take of Never Go Back in second place, which debuted at $23 million. Perry has now earned $489.7 million worldwide for his films, dating back to 2006.

Never Go Back is a sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher, which earned $217.4 million worldwide. Tom Cruise actually outdid the opening weekend of his original film, which opened to just $15.2 million in December 2012.

Open Road Films’ Max Steel, which opened last week outside of the top 10, sunk even further into obscurity, earning just $659,000 in its second week. That brings its 10-day total to just $3.4 million.

Sony Pictures has the lone Halloween wide release next weekend with the Ron Howard film Inferno, the action adventure movie that already has earned $52.1 million overseas despite poor reviews. Inferno also stars Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.

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