'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, Oct. 26 - Sun, Oct. 28

Wide (1000+)

1Argo$12,085,059-27%2,855-392$4,233$60,510,3473Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$9,612,247--2,008--$4,787$9,612,2471Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$9,444,014-27%3,276-108$2,883$130,380,3555Sony / Columbia
4Paranormal Activity 4$8,510,186-71%3,4120$2,494$42,467,5512Paramount
5Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$8,023,036--2,933--$2,735$8,023,0361Open Road
6Taken 2$7,716,732-42%2,995-494$2,577$117,105,5774Fox
7Here Comes the Boom$5,210,024-38%2,491-523$2,092$30,320,4963Sony / Columbia
8Alex Cross$5,133,486-55%2,5412$2,020$19,452,1772Lionsgate / Summit
9Sinister$4,996,099-43%2,347-195$2,129$39,441,0543Lionsgate / Summit
10Fun Size$4,101,017--3,014--$1,361$4,101,0171Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$3,948,025-42%1,999-661$1,975$51,300,2585Universal
13Chasing Mavericks$2,268,274--2,002--$1,133$2,268,2741Fox
14Looper$2,100,527-50%1,189-1034$1,767$61,513,8335Sony / TriStar
15Seven Psychopaths$1,498,350-54%1,003-477$1,494$11,959,8583CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,449,493-33%736-9$1,969$11,257,1726Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$332,483-60%290-461$1,146$38,555,9946Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$304,653-58%420-505$725$34,660,2276Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$263,856-27%291-54$907$447,158,35415Warner Bros.
6The Master$258,270-50%201-211$1,285$15,208,6527Weinstein Company
8House at the End of the Street$174,500-63%302-444$578$31,055,2576Relativity Media
9Arbitrage$168,009-41%125-44$1,344$7,341,2727Roadside Attractions
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$140,747-27%192-30$733$160,255,73216Fox
11Searching For Sugar Man$137,728-30%114-23$1,208$2,192,64014Sony Pictures Classics
12The Bourne Legacy$131,735-21%191-41$690$113,001,84012Universal
13Student of the Year$130,985-60%1060$1,236$548,6912Eros International
14The Campaign$130,639280%222148$588$86,581,91612Warner Bros.
15Resident Evil: Retribution$122,04721%19840$616$42,119,6787Sony / Screen Gems
16The Expendables 2$112,946150%17886$635$84,705,40411Lionsgate
17Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$92,299-85%147-798$628$3,206,3533Atlas Distribution
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$64,587-37%116-33$557$48,658,66213Fox
19The Odd Life of Timothy Green$59,441-43%115-79$517$50,714,38011Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Sessions$217,35392%2016$10,868$376,9962Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$125,691--40--$3,142$125,6911Cohen Media Group
3The Thieves$105,652-31%225$4,802$532,6993Well Go USA
4Chakravyuh$97,896--79--$1,239$111,3521Eros International
6The Paperboy$89,327-20%762$1,175$538,3524Millennium Entertainment
7To the Arctic 3D$80,950-9%520$1,557$9,408,02028Warner Bros. / IMAX
8English Vinglish$70,376-61%880$800$1,779,6284Eros International
9Finding Nemo 3D$61,382-60%78-105$787$40,496,2197Disney
10Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$57,232-22%26-1$2,201$653,7106IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Tai Chi Zero$41,410-51%23-8$1,800$158,9992Variance / Well Go USA
12Smashed$39,592-11%211$1,885$145,1053Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$36,992-18%48-12$771$12,885,03123Weinstein Company
14The Flat$36,82285%97$4,091$70,9682IFC Films
15Born to Be Wild 3D$35,93614%300$1,198$21,149,64482Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Possession$33,532-42%82-51$409$48,879,9979Lionsgate
17Hubble 3D$29,608-22%150$1,974$34,844,477137Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Simon and the Oaks$29,22526%147$2,088$75,3183The Film Arcade
19Lawless$28,950-66%96-88$302$37,338,0499Weinstein Company
20Brooklyn Castle$26,62842%86$3,329$50,5002Producers Distribution Agency
21Middle of Nowhere (2012)$26,360-48%243$1,098$163,1613AFFRM
22Sleepwalk With Me$25,945-29%32-13$811$2,218,64710IFC Films
23District of Corruption$25,086--3--$8,362$25,0861Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The House I Live In$22,31449%128$1,860$107,9224Abramorama
25Dredd 3D$21,661-80%72-88$301$13,401,6836Lionsgate
26The Big Picture (2012)$17,81918%60$2,970$61,7113MPI Media
27El Milagro de Marcelino Pan y Vino$17,095--1--$17,095$17,0951Gigapix Releasing
28Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story$16,011--1--$16,011$16,0111Dutchmen Films
29The Loneliest Planet$15,689--2--$7,845$15,6891IFC Films
30Liberal Arts$14,44314%202$722$280,6707IFC Films
31Won't Back Down$14,212-68%65-103$219$5,264,0935Fox
32The Waiting Room$13,537-54%40$3,384$102,8605International Film Circuit
33The Other Dream Team$11,641-45%141$832$119,6535The Film Arcade
34Hating Breitbart$10,994-73%40$2,749$54,0662Rocky Mountain Pictures
35Wuthering Heights (2012)$10,012-40%121$834$62,1294Oscilloscope
36Moonrise Kingdom$9,547-51%15-14$636$45,507,86523Focus
37Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,396-46%20-8$470$11,204,34718Fox Searchlight
38V/H/S$9,23174%193$486$87,6294Magnolia / Magnet
39Somewhere Between$8,420-63%60$1,403$107,84610Long Shot Factory
40Robot & Frank$7,845-50%24-10$327$3,255,61011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Keep the Lights On$7,51619%5-4$1,503$218,0838Music Box Films
42All Together$7,327-43%7-3$1,047$23,2622Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
43The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,257-15%6-3$1,210$343,63615Kino Lorber
44Orchestra of Exiles$6,719--1--$6,719$6,7191First Run Features
45Chicken With Plums$6,08050%111$553$226,77011Sony Pictures Classics
46War of the Buttons (2012)$5,399-69%8-27$675$38,6613Weinstein Company
47Nobody Walks$5,372-26%75$767$15,5322Magnolia Pictures
48To Rome with Love$5,313-45%11-21$483$16,677,74619Sony Pictures Classics
49The Queen of Versailles$5,035-34%8-5$629$2,380,93315Magnolia Pictures
50Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$5,027-45%3-3$1,676$48,7684Rainbow Releasing
51The Revisionaries$4,839--3--$1,613$12,6364Kino Lorber
52Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$4,338--4--$1,085$56,3664Roadside Attractions
53Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$4,201-34%104$420$31,9564Drafthouse Films
54Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,153--1--$4,153$12,6863Cohen Media Group
55Celeste and Jesse Forever$3,88670%150$259$3,087,50313Sony Pictures Classics
56Under the Sea 3D$3,858-39%51$772$32,410,500194Warner Bros. / IMAX
57You've Been Trumped$3,188486%2-1$1,594$23,59213International Film Circuit
58How To Survive A Plague$2,979-68%9-5$331$118,4906IFC Films
592 Days In New York$2,916-13%72$417$626,23112Magnolia Pictures
60The Oranges$2,892-82%5-10$578$364,8754IDP/ATO Pictures
61Compliance$1,922-26%8-3$240$318,62211Magnolia Pictures
62Least Among Saints$1,714-65%4-4$429$25,3203Brainstorm Media
63Bringing Up Bobby$1,68082%2-2$840$4,7585Monterey Media
64Gayby$1,670-13%10$1,670$11,0703The Film Collaborative
65Trade of Innocents$1,295298%32$432$13,6494Monterey Media
66Death by China$1,257--1--$1,257$32,01811Area23a
67Unforgivable$1,052-32%20$526$153,78518Strand Releasing
68Step Up to the Plate$808-26%21$404$37,6177Cinema Guild
69Husbands In Goa$600-37%1-1$600$10,1356UTV Communications
70The Eye of the Storm$368-91%1-1$368$82,0718Sycamore Entertainment
71Kumare$300--1--$300$125,36519Kino Lorber
72Barfi!$228-98%1-9$228$2,804,8747UTV Communications
73Meet The Fokkens$182--1--$182$27,59912Kino Lorber
74The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$86--1--$86$861Strand Releasing
75Girl Model$73-70%10$73$20,8088First Run Features