'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, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

1The Croods$43,639,736--4,046--$10,786$43,639,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$30,373,794--3,098--$9,804$30,373,7941FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$21,568,957-48%3,805-107$5,669$177,097,0903Disney
4The Call$8,900,935-48%2,5070$3,550$31,105,0562Sony / TriStar
6Spring Breakers$4,858,9441747%1,1041101$4,401$5,265,8022A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,321,388-58%3,1600$1,368$17,411,8182Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$2,949,101-53%2,560-797$1,152$59,036,3844Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$2,588,355-41%2,166-676$1,195$127,770,3007Universal
10Snitch (2013)$1,885,200-46%1,807-546$1,043$40,297,7495Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$1,585,071-37%1,044-558$1,518$127,163,61419Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$1,137,864-54%1,279-927$890$68,918,0096Relativity Media
1321 And Over$1,028,521-61%1,134-1290$907$24,163,8414Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$477,522-80%1,494-717$320$53,354,8996Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Life of Pi$720,257-41%489-157$1,473$122,546,76818Fox
2Quartet$578,043-38%425-263$1,360$15,914,27211Weinstein Company
3Stoker$353,32633%275181$1,285$1,124,6514Fox Searchlight
4A Good Day to Die Hard$323,549-72%448-669$722$66,260,7316Fox
5The Last Exorcism Part II$320,567-75%455-1120$705$15,009,4744CBS Films
6Dead Man Down$306,090-86%612-1576$500$10,611,9583FilmDistrict
7Emperor$283,763-55%237-74$1,197$2,600,7323Roadside Attractions
8Django Unchained$283,6190%29630$958$162,007,43513Weinstein Company
9Side Effects (2013)$269,562-50%225-177$1,198$30,980,6737Open Road
10Warm Bodies$238,069-58%299-360$796$65,019,0078Lionsgate / Summit
11Lincoln$217,555-45%292-174$745$181,809,33520Disney / DreamWorks
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$207,973112%20979$995$54,931,8069Paramount
13Wreck-It Ralph$197,051-36%238-39$828$188,742,35721Disney
14Dark Skies$186,012-66%205-498$907$17,015,4975Weinstein / Dimension
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$178,205-44%235-70$758$302,695,93815Warner Bros. / New Line
16InAPPropriate Comedy$156,414--275--$569$156,4141Freestyle Releasing
17Argo$142,310-72%185-355$769$135,519,14524Warner Bros.
18Zero Dark Thirty$138,415-68%215-235$644$95,614,94914Sony / Columbia
19Parental Guidance$135,529-11%185-37$733$76,736,12613Fox
20Rise of The Guardians$102,496-41%162-51$633$103,174,22018Paramount / DreamWorks
21Beautiful Creatures (2013)$98,63336%18863$525$19,304,5506Warner Bros.
22Les Miserables (2012)$94,810-52%129-112$735$148,673,16513Universal
24The Impossible$76,890-9%12318$625$18,736,34514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1No (2013)$197,5459%6012$3,292$989,9806Sony Pictures Classics
2The Gatekeepers$170,606-25%948$1,815$1,589,3008Sony Pictures Classics
3New World$129,954--24--$5,415$129,9541Well Go USA
4On the Road$102,445--42--$2,439$256,69514IFC Films
5Ginger & Rosa$98,706130%3431$2,903$118,7882A24
6Hubble 3D$76,15531%252$3,046$37,022,041158Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Lore$70,867-28%49-2$1,446$496,8267Music Box Films
8From Up on Poppy Hill$59,6934%64$9,949$131,9262GKIDS
9Amour$55,197-46%90-39$613$6,591,72914Sony Pictures Classics
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$46,816-34%49-9$955$33,760,98914Disney
11To the Arctic 3D$46,427-19%520$893$11,783,18149Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Sapphires$38,372--4--$9,593$38,3721Weinstein Company
13Born to Be Wild 3D$33,191-16%300$1,106$22,268,994103Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Gangster Squad$29,964-10%500$599$45,968,22411Warner Bros.
15Upside Down$26,145-9%3928$670$68,1432Millennium Entertainment
16Space Station 3D$25,24256%50$5,048$87,456,091571IMAX
17Searching For Sugar Man$23,780-34%25-9$951$3,559,83835Sony Pictures Classics
19Hava Nagila (The Movie)$23,121-50%21-3$1,101$190,9394International Film Circuit
20Bless Me, Ultima$22,701-53%21-24$1,081$1,513,4625Arenas Entertainment
21The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$22,368-59%28-17$799$347,6944Methinx Entertainment
22Gimme the Loot$21,065--1--$21,065$21,0651IFC Films
23West of Memphis$20,620-27%401$516$271,08513Sony Pictures Classics
24Like Someone in Love$20,501-32%235$891$178,7106IFC Films
25Kai Po Che$16,951-62%18-24$942$1,105,5595UTV Motion Pictures
26Camp (2013)$15,975-38%172$940$89,6915Freestyle Releasing
27Starbuck$15,530--3--$5,177$3,470,5551eOne Films US
28Hyde Park on Hudson$14,160-37%20-11$708$6,367,78016Focus
29Koch$13,547-33%160$847$291,5558Zeitgeist Films
30A Royal Affair$12,619-45%12-7$1,052$1,471,82920Magnolia Pictures
31Under the Sea 3D$12,033-31%112$1,094$32,671,385215Warner Bros. / IMAX
3256 Up$11,519-19%16-4$720$624,01612First Run Features
33Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$11,456-56%16-5$716$278,6739Music Box Films
34My Brother the Devil$10,305--2--$5,153$10,3051Paladin/108 Media
35Rust and Bone$9,816-11%172$577$2,057,62618Sony Pictures Classics
36The Waiting Room$9,29490%83$1,162$233,24826International Film Circuit
37Beyond the Hills$8,592-64%7-7$1,227$66,9103IFC Films
38Hunky Dory$7,443--11--$677$7,4431Variance Films
39A Resurrection$7,300--17--$429$7,3001Archstone Distribution
40War Witch$7,20411%116$655$37,9024Tribeca Film
41Girl Rising$7,140-52%4-1$1,785$435,0263Gathr Films
42Deep Sea 3D$6,95325%30$2,318$45,470,062369Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$6,424-48%21$3,212$57,7263Tribeca Film
44Dorfman in Love$6,410--7--$916$6,4101Brainstorm Media
45Any Day Now$5,848--7--$835$194,88915Music Box Films
46The We and the I$5,8390%75$834$28,2543Paladin/108 Media
47Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$5,333--1--$5,333$6,1451The Film Desk
48Leviathan (2013)$5,27415%20$2,637$37,5444Cinema Guild
49The Silence$5,0305%40$1,258$24,2773Music Box Films
50Leonie$4,5501464%32$1,517$5,2192Monterey Media
51Rangrezz$4,318--11--$393$4,3181UTV Motion Pictures
52John Dies at the End$4,142-31%10-3$414$134,7379Magnolia / Magnet
53Yossi$3,852277%1-2$3,852$111,5699Strand Releasing
54A Place at the Table$3,835-72%17-2$226$191,9594Magnolia Pictures
55Broken City$3,512-32%11-1$319$19,682,78310Fox
56Love and Honor (2013)$2,815--2--$1,408$2,8151IFC Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,745-60%70$392$26,3673Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58M (2013 re-issue)$2,570-58%10$2,570$13,3532Kino Lorber
59The ABC's of Death$2,558-32%7-7$365$19,6213Magnet / Drafthouse
60Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$2,029-80%6-13$338$53,6763Cinedigm
61The Happy Poet$1,847--1--$1,847$1,8471Cinema Libre Studio
62Sound City$1,801-78%2-9$901$377,0988Variance Films
63Hitler's Children$1,702--1--$1,702$26,08319Film Movement
64Come Out and Play$1,600--10--$160$1,6001Cinedigm Entertainment
65Silver Circle$1,314--1--$1,314$1,3141Area23a
66You Don't Need Feet to Dance$1,239--1--$1,239$1,2391First Run Features
67If I Were You$1,208-69%5-9$242$7,5502Kino Lorber
68The Attacks of 26/11$1,006-91%510$20$248,3464Eros International
69Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$974--2--$487$20,99310Kino Lorber
70The Power of Few$880--1--$880$30,4446Steelyard Pictures
71A Fierce Green Fire$848-89%3-2$283$14,7124First Run Features
72The End of Love$376-90%1-2$376$7,9634Variance Films
73Orchestra of Exiles$29614%10$296$27,67322First Run Features
74Masquerade (2012)$293-90%1-3$293$921,89127CJ Entertainment
75Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$239-10%1-1$239$28,9998First Run Features
765 Broken Cameras$194-8%1-1$194$102,53443Kino Lorber