'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, Jun. 1 - Sun, Jun. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Snow White and the Huntsman$56,217,700--3,773--$14,900$56,217,7001Universal
2Men in Black 3$28,075,210-49%4,2480$6,609$111,078,7632Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$20,486,418-44%3,670-248$5,582$552,950,3985Disney
5The Dictator$4,702,004-49%2,649-365$1,775$50,812,3643Paramount
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,483,083-30%1,29461$3,465$25,379,6885Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$4,408,741-38%2,907-114$1,517$30,702,1003Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$3,703,205-51%3,002-402$1,234$70,677,0464Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$3,127,107-61%2,4330$1,285$14,498,2212Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$1,567,186-32%1,099-322$1,426$398,340,93411Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1For Greater Glory$1,885,608--757--$2,491$1,885,6081ARC Entertainment
2Bernie$897,7173%302108$2,973$3,611,1176Millennium Entertainment
3Think Like a Man$671,479-54%509-277$1,319$89,713,2487Sony / Screen Gems
4Crooked Arrows$632,423360%327260$1,934$1,155,3353Branded/Peck Films
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$630,622-42%585-299$1,078$28,560,4046Sony / Columbia
6Rowdy Rathore$381,784--120--$3,182$381,7841UTV Communications
721 Jump Street$376,391-43%330-34$1,141$137,181,72312Sony / Columbia
8Mirror Mirror$368,669-24%357-65$1,033$62,911,80810Relativity Media
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$340,200-28%315-75$1,080$211,485,86014Universal
10The Lucky One (2012)$323,193-43%404-211$800$58,969,1117Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$269,381-16%285-40$945$42,746,8128Fox
12The Five-Year Engagement$179,845-39%218-56$825$28,284,6006Universal
14Wrath of the Titans$156,016-33%205-50$761$83,221,76810Warner Bros.
15John Carter$136,834-45%153-22$894$72,724,71513Disney
16Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$126,779-28%155-20$818$103,346,20817Warner Bros. / New Line
17Battlefield America$113,882--188--$606$113,8821Cinedigm Entertainment
18The Cabin in the Woods$111,925-36%136-67$823$41,164,3408Lionsgate
19Safe (2012)$104,08067%17563$595$16,940,7926Lionsgate
20High School$82,740--200--$414$82,7401Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

1Moonrise Kingdom$876,88168%1612$54,805$1,737,0932Focus
2The Intouchables$321,951211%5046$6,439$488,5632Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$210,470-7%500$4,209$2,780,5007Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$182,237--86--$2,119$182,2371Weinstein Company
5Hysteria$171,19824%6533$2,634$454,8953Sony Pictures Classics
6Headhunters$105,249-16%516$2,064$749,7576Magnolia Pictures
7First Position$87,002-42%582$1,500$685,1715IFC Films
8Where Do We Go Now?$79,65937%3712$2,153$246,0744Sony Pictures Classics
9Monsieur Lazhar$78,375-31%59-6$1,328$1,596,21832Music Box Films
10Darling Companion$60,535-6%632$961$619,7307Sony Pictures Classics
11Born to Be Wild 3D$59,081-9%33-1$1,790$19,224,29661Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Hardflip$49,879--22--$2,267$49,8791Rocky Mountain Pictures
13Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$48,884-43%60-27$815$9,025,10713CBS Films
14A Cat In Paris$34,554--6--$5,759$34,5541GKIDS
15Titanic 3D$34,0682%5210$655$57,859,4199Paramount
16Hubble 3D$32,873-48%191$1,730$32,911,654116Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Jiro Dreams of Sushi$32,811-26%29-6$1,131$2,337,69613Magnolia Pictures
18Girl in Progress$32,436-75%50-93$649$2,511,8884Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Marley$31,662-55%35-18$905$1,249,5587Magnolia Pictures
20The Artist$30,063159%8767$346$44,615,35528Weinstein Company
21Polisse$29,034-37%217$1,383$131,8633IFC Films
22Sound of My Voice$28,187-25%486$587$361,5376Fox Searchlight
23Bully (2012)$22,347-47%88-16$254$3,389,32310Weinstein Company
24Under the Sea 3D$22,283-30%15-5$1,486$31,571,597173Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$20,611-7%100$2,061$5,595,1351083D Entertainment
26The Raven$19,167-68%61-50$314$15,791,1066Relativity Media
27Damsels in Distress$16,76541%209$838$847,8879Sony Pictures Classics
28We Have a Pope$16,709-42%16-6$1,044$461,3139IFC Films
29Cowgirls n' Angels$15,757-71%32-18$492$107,0262IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
30Footnote$15,304-23%23-8$665$1,915,56313Sony Pictures Classics
31Hide Away$15,208--5--$3,042$16,5222Joule Films
32The Kid With A Bike$15,050-9%222$684$1,371,30112IFC Films
33Oslo, August 31st$13,25239%53$2,650$29,8522Strand Releasing
34Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$13,214-10%2-1$6,607$90,5854Rialto Pictures
35This Means War$11,987-56%25-19$479$54,746,72516Fox
36I Wish$11,2276%83$1,403$50,2364Magnolia Pictures
37Elena (2012)$10,745-27%64$1,791$52,8233Zeitgeist Films
38God Bless America$9,547-13%11-4$868$91,6844Magnolia / Magnet
39The Secret World of Arrietty$8,943-51%16-10$559$19,192,51016Disney
405 Broken Cameras$6,674--1--$6,674$8,5861Kino Lorber
41A Separation$5,834-34%9-1$648$7,088,89823Sony Pictures Classics
42Turn Me On, Dammit!$5,75254%31$1,917$79,22010New Yorker Films
43The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,697-46%10-9$570$1,070,34711Music Box Films
44FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$5,501-38%6-3$917$76,9455International Film Circuit
45Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$5,026--3--$1,675$5,0261First Run Features
46Act of Valor$4,993-39%19-20$263$70,011,07315Relativity Media
47October Baby$4,685-15%9-7$521$5,343,99632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
49Found Memories$3,874--1--$3,874$3,8741Film Movement
50Surviving Progress$3,38972%42$847$40,5469First Run Features
51The Raid: Redemption$3,336-57%7-5$477$4,089,94311Sony Pictures Classics
52The Women on the 6th Floor$3,18397%31$1,061$715,12635Strand Releasing
53Elles$3,170-67%4-4$793$128,8356Kino Lorber
54Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,1058%42$776$17,2673Magnolia / Magnet
55Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,013-50%14-8$215$133,103,92925Fox
56Friends With Kids$2,862-54%8-1$358$7,245,73213Roadside Attractions
57The Fairy$2,8321715%32$944$27,14015Kino Lorber
58Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,721--3--$907$2,7211First Run Features
59The Hunter (2012)$2,654147%74$379$173,6239Magnolia Pictures
60Undefeated$2,548-36%60$425$561,05416Weinstein Company
61The Perfect Family$2,472-60%3-3$824$98,2655Variance Films
62OC87$2,419-58%10$2,419$12,1642Fisher Klingenstein Films
63Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$2,3134%21$1,157$5,4782Music Box Films
64Red Tails$2,07333%5-2$415$49,875,58920Fox
656 Month Rule$1,963--1--$1,963$1,9631Secret Identity Productions
66This Is Not A Film$1,929--4--$482$66,72614Palisades Tartan
67Whores' Glory$1,498-54%1-1$1,498$19,3536Kino Lorber
68Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,376-63%20$688$138,73022Cinema Guild
69Keyhole$1,210-34%2-3$605$21,4909Monterey Media
70Gerhard Richter Painting$1,133-43%30$378$188,17112Kino Lorber
71Attenberg$1,098--1--$1,098$22,74113Strand Releasing
72Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,066-54%41$267$7,2603Music Box Films
73The Beat Hotel$1,049--1--$1,049$5,43010First Run Features
74Sing Your Song$1,003--1--$1,003$47,71821S2BN Films
75Virginia$960-37%20$480$12,7283Entertainment One Films
76The Turin Horse$922-2%10$922$48,86017Cinema Guild
77Jesus Henry Christ$869-31%20$435$20,1847Entertainment One Films
78Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$745-36%10$745$6,3024Long Shot Factory
79The Whale$659--1--$659$81,21239Paladin
80Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$501-45%2-5$251$98,7934Magnolia Pictures
81How To Grow A Band$342--1--$342$10,3768International Film Circuit
82The Salt of Life$284-95%1-3$284$304,93814Zeitgeist Films
83Apartment 143$256--1--$256$2561Magnolia / Magnet
84Nobody Else But You$178-54%10$178$7,2524First Run Features
85Blue Like Jazz$168-66%1-2$168$594,9048Roadside Attractions
86Payback (2012)$166-54%10$166$12,4646Zeitgeist Films