'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, Aug. 10 - Sun, Aug. 12

Wide (1000+)

1The Bourne Legacy$38,142,825--3,745--$10,185$38,142,8251Universal
2The Campaign$26,588,460--3,205--$8,296$26,588,4601Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$18,979,397-47%3,690-552$5,143$389,588,2164Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$14,650,121--2,361--$6,205$19,103,1781Sony / Columbia
5Total Recall (2012)$8,013,040-69%3,6010$2,225$44,101,4322Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,002,166-45%3,40110$2,353$30,356,1742Fox
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,380,929-26%3,103-439$2,056$143,694,9815Fox
8Ted (2012)$3,223,675-43%2,208-559$1,460$209,848,5857Universal
9Step Up Revolution$2,941,818-50%1,898-708$1,550$30,256,5803Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$2,221,451-66%2,463-705$902$31,396,0793Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$2,121,235-52%1,585-840$1,338$255,464,6776Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,183,701--800--$1,480$2,166,1591ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$722,883-37%286-32$2,528$7,160,1567Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$614,394-50%447-240$1,374$42,074,79212Focus
4Men in Black 3$508,001-22%295-31$1,722$177,549,43412Sony / Columbia
5Ruby Sparks$443,10212%261197$1,698$1,240,6003Fox Searchlight
6Magic Mike$422,331-70%450-752$939$112,238,9497Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$421,435-28%306-198$1,377$211,686,19910Paramount / DreamWorks
8To Rome with Love$418,752-49%264-118$1,586$15,089,0518Sony Pictures Classics
9The Intouchables$375,409-34%1940$1,935$9,298,84012Weinstein Company
10The Hunger Games$324,057-25%260-31$1,246$407,294,29221Lionsgate
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$287,631-61%364-373$790$64,742,4957Lionsgate
12Snow White and the Huntsman$274,350-13%273-36$1,005$154,299,06011Universal
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,823-35%220-80$1,231$617,291,91615Disney
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$168,041-46%184-46$913$45,375,33615Fox Searchlight
16Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$140,278-31%202-75$694$25,074,3076Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$90,503-29%130-35$696$37,179,4538Fox
19People Like Us$52,719-59%140-57$377$12,361,4707Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

12016: Obama's America$317,316830%6151$5,202$535,7235Rocky Mountain Pictures
2The Queen of Versailles$212,618-21%8922$2,389$927,1624Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$207,6321%520$3,993$7,296,33517Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$125,04316%1814$6,947$296,9592Sony Pictures Classics
5Farewell, My Queen$99,145-47%582$1,709$804,9935Cohen Media Group
6Bernie$79,313-39%88-9$901$8,940,21216Millennium Entertainment
7Searching For Sugar Man$63,34263%158$4,223$166,3683Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$62,033-2%330$1,880$20,469,73971Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$60,576-62%73-48$830$3,603,02510FilmDistrict
10Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$54,691-25%25-1$2,188$235,7983IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$52,00423%141$3,715$34,067,759126Warner Bros. / IMAX
12From Beneath$47,628--18--$2,646$47,6281Nocturnal Features
13The Imposter$43,89123%135$3,376$167,8765Indomina Releasing
14Red Hook Summer$40,070--4--$10,018$40,0701Variance Films
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,281249%100$3,928$5,937,5761183D Entertainment
16Under the Sea 3D$38,72230%7-2$5,532$32,139,878183Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Take This Waltz$24,518-55%35-16$701$1,137,5947Magnolia Pictures
182 Days In New York$23,942--2--$11,971$23,9421Magnolia Pictures
19Dark Shadows$23,406-78%45-87$520$79,711,67814Warner Bros.
20Rock of Ages$19,990-71%57-88$351$38,509,3429Warner Bros. / New Line
21The Well-Digger's Daughter$19,946-39%130$1,534$137,6244Kino Lorber
22Easy Money (2012)$18,122-16%71$2,589$143,2575Weinstein Company
23Your Sister's Sister$16,021-57%33-19$485$1,546,7539IFC Films
24The Three Stooges$13,794-50%27-5$511$44,328,23818Fox
25Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$13,000--1--$13,000$13,0001Rialto Pictures
26Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$9,702-67%8-8$1,213$56,8102China Lion Film
27360$9,647-21%119$877$45,9042Magnolia Pictures
28Monsieur Lazhar$8,549-42%100$855$1,982,03742Music Box Films
29$upercapitalist$8,372--1--$8,372$8,3721Truly Indie
30Meet The Fokkens$7,628--1--$7,628$10,1281Kino Lorber
31The Magic of Belle Isle$7,355-2%81$919$90,2286Magnolia Pictures
32Unforgivable$7,098--6--$1,183$104,5227Strand Releasing
33Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,521--5--$1,304$38,4094Tribeca Film
34Trishna$6,178-74%13-10$475$225,1965IFC Films
35Neil Young Journeys$5,894-56%140$421$148,8837Sony Pictures Classics
36A Cat In Paris$5,868-46%12-2$489$287,70911GKIDS
37Total Recall (1990) (2012 re-issue)$5,788--1--$5,788$5,7881Rialto Pictures
38Hysteria$5,779-11%161$361$1,749,93213Sony Pictures Classics
39Klown$5,757-51%10-6$576$52,8813Drafthouse Films
40Red Lights (2012)$5,393-63%8-10$674$49,2515Millennium Entertainment
41Dark Horse$5,226-32%8-1$653$150,48210Vitagraph
42Shut Up and Play the Hits$4,880-40%82$610$505,1544Oscilloscope
43Headhunters$4,652-50%9-1$517$1,196,75216Magnolia Pictures
44Kumare$4,071-62%6-3$679$87,7738Kino Lorber
45For Greater Glory$4,036-74%10-24$404$5,669,08111ARC Entertainment
46Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$3,981347%42$995$74,1029Music Box Films
47Jiro Dreams of Sushi$3,137-26%3-3$1,046$2,545,98823Magnolia Pictures
48Elena (2012)$2,799-64%3-2$933$205,32013Zeitgeist Films
49You've Been Trumped$2,275-49%21$1,138$9,0752International Film Circuit
50Marley$1,976-33%51$395$1,412,12417Magnolia Pictures
51I Wish$1,600-65%3-3$533$144,40814Magnolia Pictures
52Dreams of A Life$1,543-50%10$1,543$6,5952Strand Releasing
53Nobody Else But You$1,471-61%20$736$32,06914First Run Features
54Mirror Mirror$1,295-81%456$29$64,933,67020Relativity Media
55Lost Bohemia$1,22363%1-1$1,223$23,58465Impact Partners
56Mosquita Y Mari$1,186-77%10$1,186$8,6142The Film Collaborative
57The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,103--1--$1,103$41,61318Rialto
58Union Square (2012)$832-17%20$416$36,1245Dada Films
59Soldiers of Fortune$641-97%2-48$321$38,8422Roadside Attractions
60The Invisible War$619-46%2-1$310$52,6008Cinedigm
61Damsels in Distress$44466%20$222$1,006,68119Sony Pictures Classics
62Darling Companion$368-94%4-3$92$791,43117Sony Pictures Classics
63Where Do We Go Now?$339-93%1-11$339$521,48914Sony Pictures Classics
64Natural Selection$335--1--$335$55,28222Cinema Guild
65China Heavyweight$325--1--$325$8,8626Zeitgeist Films
66The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$206-93%1-1$206$1,124,78621Music Box Films
675 Broken Cameras$187-79%1-1$187$63,92411Kino Lorber
68Bonsai$149-92%1-2$149$21,16314Strand Releasing