'Ouija' Off To Respectable Start; 'John Wick' and 'St. Vincent' Look PromisingOctober 25, 2014 08:23 AM

by Phil Contrino

Saturday Update: Ouija is off to a respectable start. The horror flick is headed for a $20 million debut after snagging $8.3 million on Friday. Unlike most horror entries, Ouija should hold up reasonably well considering that it has opened before Halloween.

John Wick is on pace for $14 million after tallying $5.5 million on Friday. 

St. Vincent is on pace for $8.2 million after grossing $2.6 million on Friday.

Check back tomorrow for official studio weekend estimates.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Ouija is headed for $19 million-$20 million during its debut frame. Of course, horror films tend to pop late on Friday night, so we're not ruling out a surge that could put the fright flick above that range.

John Wick is off to a solid start with what's look like a $14 million debut frame. If word of mouth is strong among action aficionados, then Keanu Reeves' latest could post an even higher debut. This definitely marks a comeback for Reeves.

St. Vincent is set for as much as $10 million during its expansion weekend.

Check back tomorrow morning for updated projections and official Friday estimates. 

Friday Update #1: Universal's Ouija bowed to $911,000 last night. That's noticeably behind the $2.1 million start for Annabelle earlier this month, although that pic had some benefit in marketing with the aid of being a prequel to last year's horror blockbuster The Conjuring. Ouija's Thursday take is more in line with Carrie's $730,000 last October, which ultimately earned $16.1 million over opening weekend. Ouija's own native brand awareness could feasibly give it a boost as the weekend progresses.

Lionsgate reports that John Wick grabbed a healthy $870,000 from Thursday night shows in over 2,000 locations. That more than double A Walk Among the Tombstones' $430,000 Thursday night start in September, which went on to earn $12.8 million over opening weekend, as well as Brick Mansions' $400,000 ($9.5 million opening weekend). Strong buzz and critical reviews for the sleeper hit had been building in recent weeks, which could be a factor in last night's strong turnout, but the chances of a weekend close to $20 million now look even better.

Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company is sending St. Vincent into wide release today following its healthy start in limited play over the past couple of weeks.

More as it comes.


Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Green Hornet$33,526,876--3,584--$9,355$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$17,816,230--2,940--$6,060$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$11,004,755-25%3,459335$3,181$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$9,186,20343%1,543785$5,953$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$8,342,6483%2,328744$3,584$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$7,194,865-47%3,394-281$2,120$134,280,8904Universal
7TRON: Legacy$5,679,858-44%2,439-574$2,329$156,918,4545Disney
8Yogi Bear$5,365,547-19%2,702-586$1,986$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
9The Fighter$5,101,140-27%2,414-114$2,113$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$4,606,584-57%2,82711$1,629$18,104,3242Relativity Media
12Country Strong$3,682,375-50%1,4240$2,586$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,324,393-49%1,704-1110$1,364$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,118,591-54%1,666-1298$1,272$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$1,680,709-55%1,420-1022$1,184$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,399,204-41%941-566$1,487$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,386,77697%230190$6,029$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$661,523141%341-34$1,940$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$473,062--422--$1,121$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$399,617-79%615-1287$650$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$360,057-45%322-281$1,118$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$321,06926%34197$942$100,064,63911Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$276,301151%10066$2,763$958,1165Lionsgate
9Burlesque$264,5313%29567$897$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$243,256-29%303-95$803$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$154,845-47%166-46$933$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$140,008-30%206-55$680$90,065,33214Summit
14Life As We Know It$88,487-42%132-56$670$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$63,010-47%137-41$460$251,476,98528Universal
16Morning Glory (2010)$54,578-43%127-51$430$30,982,32910Paramount
17For Colored Girls$27,258432%11190$246$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Yamla Pagla Deewana$504,116--84--$6,001$504,1161Eros International
2Barney's Version$362,524--42--$8,632$1,094,6341Sony Pictures Classics
3Somewhere (2010)$251,11354%5336$4,738$982,9304Focus
4127 Hours$162,933-25%76-12$2,144$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$145,8236%48-6$3,038$20,763,56844Warner Bros. / IMAX
6I Love You Phillip Morris$131,010-40%95-5$1,379$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$120,934-23%608$2,016$611,2945IDP/ATO Pictures
8Another Year$111,80628%136$8,600$450,0953Sony Pictures Classics
9No One Killed Jessica$99,269-56%45-3$2,206$372,3572UTV Communications
10Made in Dagenham$93,6238%8929$1,052$758,3459Sony Pictures Classics
11The Illusionist (2010)$60,47283%74$8,639$254,2654Sony Pictures Classics
12Fair Game (2010)$45,080-38%79-24$571$9,320,83311Summit
13Faster (2010)$41,061-20%77-2$533$23,001,2068CBS Films
14Inside Job$34,820-38%28-18$1,244$3,613,23815Sony Pictures Classics
15The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$29,68414%37-5$802$5,116,33912Music Box
16All Good Things$24,242-44%29-1$836$422,3947Magnolia Pictures
17The Warrior's Way$23,853-19%7745$310$5,636,6557Relativity Media
18Down for Life$23,176--5--$4,635$23,1761B.D.Fox Independent
19Space Station 3D$15,163--2--$7,582$82,581,545457IMAX
20Paranormal Activity 2$13,542-60%40-50$339$84,747,72713Paramount
21Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,434-76%41-54$328$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
22Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$13,405-28%50$2,681$40,2264Saint Juste International
23Jackass 3D$13,362-66%22-48$607$117,222,00714Paramount
24Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$12,377-32%10$12,377$49,9582First Run Features
25Every Day$9,857--3--$3,286$9,8571Image Entertainment
26Mesrine: Killer Instinct$9,7861696%97$1,087$544,94721Music Box
27Tiny Furniture$9,556-51%12-7$796$335,16010IFC
28Four Lions$9,507-21%132$731$273,31711Drafthouse Films
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,491-4%83$1,186$352,68614Zeitgeist Films
31Waste Land$8,848539%31$2,949$114,26012Arthouse Films
32White Material$8,789-54%13-8$676$287,0139IFC
33Summer Wars$7,137-48%9-5$793$53,6324GKIDS
34Winter's Bone$6,16229%71$880$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
35The Tempest$5,74918%52$1,150$249,7976Disney
36The Salvation Poem$5,676-3%10$5,676$506,37414CanZion Films
37Ong Bak 3$5,648--3--$1,883$5,6481Magnolia
38Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$5,641--1--$5,641$5,6411Kino International
39Marwencol$4,92637%62$821$74,45315Cinema Guild
40Bhutto$3,999-69%3-1$1,333$58,6227First Run Features
41The Time That Remains$3,449-47%10$3,449$13,6332IFC
42The Strange Case of Angelica$3,436-39%20$1,718$27,7403Cinema Guild
43Kings of Pastry$3,419-69%40$855$295,69218First Run
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,114-9%20$1,557$23,496,830172National Geographic
46Feed the Fish$3,008-32%3-1$1,003$96,6889Strand
47The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,53221%30$844$700,95724National Geographic
48A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Strand Releasing
49Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$2,405-25%5-1$481$179,91111Magnolia
50William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$2,057417%21$1,029$36,3749Oscilloscope
51My Dog Tulip$1,996-85%1-3$1,996$176,97120New Yorker Films
52Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,868412%86$234$265,25920Music Box
53Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,768--1--$1,768$57,29012Variance Films
54Enemies of the People$1,581--3--$527$49,56025International Film Circuit
56Night Catches Us$1,355-52%3-1$452$61,7197Magnolia
57Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,236-30%1-1$1,236$24,07111Variance Films
58Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,229--3--$410$163,35119Lorber
59Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$1,066-80%5-7$213$235,1467Oscilloscope
60Plastic Planet$740--1--$740$7401First Run Features
61Tees Maar Khan$293-98%4-34$73$1,076,2664UTV Communications
62Red Hill$293-78%10$293$20,89811Strand
63Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$214-97%1-1$214$90,70730Kino International