'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. 17 - Sun, Aug. 19

Wide (1000+)

1The Expendables 2$28,591,370--3,316--$8,622$28,591,3701Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$17,057,385-55%3,7538$4,545$69,618,4652Universal
4The Campaign$13,127,289-51%3,25550$4,033$51,435,8262Warner Bros.
5Sparkle (2012)$11,643,342--2,244--$5,189$11,643,3421Sony / TriStar
6The Dark Knight Rises$11,011,349-42%3,157-533$3,488$409,787,2605Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$10,822,903--2,598--$4,166$15,100,9181Disney
8Hope Springs (2012)$9,111,529-38%2,3610$3,859$35,063,3212Sony / Columbia
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,834,737-52%2,737-664$1,401$38,747,0583Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$3,472,829-57%2,434-1167$1,427$51,755,2723Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,005,507-53%2,274-829$1,322$150,191,9236Fox
12Ted (2012)$1,543,080-52%1,169-1039$1,320$213,064,3858Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

12016: Obama's America$1,244,698292%169108$7,365$2,028,0356Rocky Mountain Pictures
2Ek Tha Tiger$1,139,340--118--$9,655$1,484,4041Yash Raj Films
3Step Up Revolution$1,040,170-65%905-993$1,149$32,776,5884Lionsgate / Summit
5The Amazing Spider-Man$758,807-64%598-987$1,269$257,435,3257Sony / Columbia
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$708,02368%406100$1,744$212,684,70011Paramount / DreamWorks
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$563,293-22%236-50$2,387$8,110,9698Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$503,385-18%282-165$1,785$42,966,19313Focus
9The Watch$502,413-77%513-1950$979$33,062,5994Fox
10The Intouchables$366,655-2%1940$1,890$9,885,07413Weinstein Company
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$312,790-74%424-376$738$3,077,9612ARC Entertainment
12Men in Black 3$303,756-40%258-37$1,177$178,127,91913Sony / Columbia
13Ruby Sparks$301,226-32%218-43$1,382$1,796,5974Fox Searchlight
14To Rome with Love$244,287-42%160-104$1,527$15,553,9599Sony Pictures Classics
15Snow White and the Huntsman$208,615-24%244-29$855$154,660,66012Universal
16The Hunger Games$204,955-37%230-30$891$407,688,21222Lionsgate
17Magic Mike$199,389-53%255-195$782$112,720,1828Warner Bros.
18Marvel's The Avengers$148,968-45%142-78$1,049$617,595,39116Disney
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$112,655-61%199-165$566$64,958,4258Lionsgate
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$108,355-36%128-56$847$45,592,32816Fox Searchlight
23Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$73,292-19%105-25$698$37,307,1119Fox
24Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$62,668-55%140-62$448$25,240,9887Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Celeste and Jesse Forever$246,92797%6749$3,685$615,4883Sony Pictures Classics
2The Queen of Versailles$208,444-2%83-6$2,511$1,246,6355Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$158,489-24%520$3,048$7,656,27418Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Searching For Sugar Man$106,28368%2712$3,936$309,3594Sony Pictures Classics
52 Days In New York$100,375319%2018$5,019$144,0552Magnolia Pictures
6Farewell, My Queen$96,235-3%602$1,604$966,2006Cohen Media Group
7The Awakening (2012)$95,933--70--$1,370$95,9331Cohen Media Group
8The Imposter$83,63191%196$4,402$273,2456Indomina Releasing
9Cosmopolis$70,339--3--$23,446$266,9121Entertainment One Films
10Bernie$62,219-22%71-17$876$9,046,93217Millennium Entertainment
11Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$49,103-10%3914$1,259$322,1024IFC Films
12Hubble 3D$48,808-6%140$3,486$34,170,342127Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Born to Be Wild 3D$46,684-25%330$1,415$20,580,46372Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Safety Not Guaranteed$40,986-32%54-19$759$3,683,59311FilmDistrict
15From Beneath$36,855-23%15-3$2,457$119,7632Nocturnal Features
16Robot & Frank$35,539--2--$17,770$35,5391IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$30,05651%141$2,147$180,8975Kino Lorber
18Under the Sea 3D$29,446-24%70$4,207$32,211,933184Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Beloved (2012)$25,825--5--$5,165$25,8251IFC Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,242-36%100$2,524$5,984,0391193D Entertainment
21Red Hook Summer$23,280-42%95$2,587$78,2732Variance Films
22Take This Waltz$18,365-25%24-11$765$1,175,3188Magnolia Pictures
23Painted Skin: The Resurrection$17,791--6--$2,965$17,7911Well Go USA
24Your Sister's Sister$17,5089%26-7$673$1,573,71210IFC Films
25People Like Us$17,308-67%54-86$321$12,412,3868Disney / DreamWorks
26Compliance$16,427--1--$16,427$16,4271Magnolia Pictures
27Easy Money (2012)$13,195-27%5-2$2,639$165,7866Weinstein Company
28Chicken With Plums$11,301--2--$5,651$53,4771Sony Pictures Classics
29Neil Young Journeys$10,78983%239$469$163,8648Sony Pictures Classics
30360$9,077-6%8-3$1,135$64,5393Magnolia Pictures
31Hysteria$8,65950%14-2$619$1,761,96114Sony Pictures Classics
32Side By Side$6,956--1--$6,956$6,9561Tribeca Film
33Dark Horse$5,90913%6-2$985$159,23011Vitagraph
34Death by China$5,701--1--$5,701$5,7011Area23a
35Trishna$5,481-11%11-2$498$234,4326IFC Films
36Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$4,675-64%10$4,675$25,1202Rialto Pictures
37Meet The Fokkens$4,573-40%10$4,573$19,6672Kino Lorber
38Kumare$4,0610%3-3$1,354$94,3549Kino Lorber
39A Cat In Paris$3,208-45%7-5$458$294,38612GKIDS
40Union Square (2012)$3,064268%20$1,532$39,3476Dada Films
41Monsieur Lazhar$3,008-65%6-4$501$1,991,20143Music Box Films
42Klown$2,663-54%5-5$533$58,2474Drafthouse Films
43Oslo, August 31st$2,642--2--$1,321$75,32513Strand Releasing
44Where Do We Go Now?$2,442620%54$488$524,13515Sony Pictures Classics
45The Magic of Belle Isle$2,401-67%4-4$600$94,6107Magnolia Pictures
46Elena (2012)$2,304-18%2-1$1,152$208,66714Zeitgeist Films
47Unforgivable$2,236-68%2-4$1,118$112,5928Strand Releasing
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,172-31%30$724$2,550,50824Magnolia Pictures
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,804--1--$1,804$144,08215Rialto Pictures
50Darling Companion$1,749375%3-1$583$793,35218Sony Pictures Classics
51Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,689--1--$1,689$29,41416New Yorker Films
52Why Stop Now$1,641--3--$547$1,6411IFC Films
53The Salt of Life$1,334--1--$1,334$317,06025Zeitgeist Films
54$upercapitalist$1,110-87%10$1,110$13,2202Truly Indie
555 Broken Cameras$1,078476%10$1,078$65,11812Kino Lorber
56The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,023-7%10$1,023$43,15319Rialto
57You've Been Trumped$906-60%20$453$10,8423International Film Circuit
58I Wish$788-51%30$263$145,69715Magnolia Pictures
59Turn Me On, Dammit!$727--1--$727$121,11421New Yorker Films
60Damsels in Distress$67051%20$335$1,007,53520Sony Pictures Classics
61The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$498142%10$498$1,125,58822Music Box Films
62Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$384-90%1-3$384$75,30810Music Box Films
63The Invisible War$376-39%1-1$376$54,2089Cinedigm
64China Heavyweight$300-8%10$300$9,3957Zeitgeist Films
65Pink Ribbons, Inc.$165--2--$83$25,67712First Run Features
66The Color Wheel$93--1--$93$17,09514Cinema Conservancy
67Nobody Else But You$83-94%1-1$83$33,13915First Run Features