'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. 7 - Sun, Mar. 9

Wide (1000+)

1300: Rise of an Empire$45,038,460--3,470--$12,979$45,038,4601Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,207,057--3,934--$8,187$32,207,0571Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$15,829,605-45%3,11323$5,085$52,568,5302Universal
4The LEGO Movie$10,911,385-48%3,290-480$3,317$224,877,9975Warner Bros.
5Son of God$10,379,335-59%3,27111$3,173$41,874,2302Fox
6The Monuments Men$3,074,647-38%2,001-1001$1,537$70,576,2905Sony / Columbia
73 Days to Kill$3,009,910-39%2,348-524$1,282$25,504,1273Relativity Media
8Frozen (2013)$2,954,554-19%1,660-86$1,780$392,994,66816Disney
912 Years a Slave$2,110,812116%1,065654$1,982$53,042,84721Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$2,024,190-33%1,323-546$1,530$129,988,2708Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$2,018,697-55%1,714-1171$1,178$54,764,8054Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$1,653,487-51%1,074-730$1,540$46,501,8774Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$1,593,629-63%1,658-1000$961$21,061,6573Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

1American Hustle$1,053,257-45%605-340$1,741$148,384,16513Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$902,1901%38444$2,349$271,814,79623Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$901,555-41%4960$1,818$3,488,7853Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$688,931-44%359-146$1,919$115,691,78811Paramount
5Philomena$683,630-43%670-427$1,020$35,907,37716Weinstein Company
6Dallas Buyers Club$618,93943%31296$1,984$26,188,54619Focus
7Lone Survivor$420,075-59%472-545$890$124,127,33111Universal
8Endless Love (2014)$407,285-73%536-1338$760$23,102,0754Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$344,20962%333118$1,034$257,397,51613Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$325,398-51%490-262$664$61,399,0058Open Road
11Repentance$295,741-41%1575$1,884$917,8382Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$262,253-38%155-95$1,692$24,998,43112Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$219,169-61%188-420$1,166$25,587,7956Focus
14Nebraska$185,122-53%180-109$1,028$17,467,63917Paramount Vantage
15Shaadi Ke Side Effects$166,062-71%1080$1,538$856,3232Eros International
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$155,338-89%304-1013$511$127,256,71512Paramount
17August: Osage County$125,418-48%196-150$640$37,304,87411Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$118,417-36%133-65$890$424,088,26016Lionsgate
19Stalingrad (2014)$111,507-78%143-165$780$869,1162Sony / Columbia
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$110,670-59%107-260$1,034$50,098,7048Paramount
21Saving Mr. Banks$93,131-36%128-79$728$82,994,09613Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$91,472-37%148-26$618$206,147,94318Disney
23The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$82,009-31%133-30$617$58,023,61911Fox
24Walking With Dinosaurs$75,984-36%164-31$463$35,892,96312Fox
25Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$47,014-37%111-52$424$119,713,80524Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$811,166--4--$202,792$811,1661Fox Searchlight
2Tim's Vermeer$169,03031%6512$2,600$716,1866Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$155,58785%7729$2,021$2,440,67817Janus Films
4Gloria (2014)$116,236-21%76-26$1,529$1,778,4787Roadside Attractions
5The Lunchbox$114,779158%1310$8,829$178,6192Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$102,7991%171$6,047$1,023,07315IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Jerusalem 3D$98,45825%280$3,516$2,828,28225National Geographic
8I, Frankenstein$70,243-47%92-77$764$18,970,3417Lionsgate
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$57,666-76%58-85$994$2,285,8186ShortsHD
10Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$48,944167%2317$2,128$116,7653IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$44,7400%180$2,486$42,705,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Labor Day (2013)$44,417-7%84-23$529$13,320,0176Paramount
13Particle Fever$42,968--3--$14,323$68,2101Abramorama / Bond 360
14The Legend Of Hercules$40,486-42%61-28$664$18,821,2799Lionsgate / Summit
15The Book Thief$36,627-30%49-24$747$21,345,52518Fox
16Free Birds$33,51631%7426$453$55,725,93019Relativity Media
17Winter's Tale$33,126-86%82-623$404$12,470,9794Warner Bros.
18Blue Jasmine$30,095156%3612$836$33,354,53833Sony Pictures Classics
19Inside Llewyn Davis$29,781-25%52-13$573$13,214,25514CBS Films
20Delivery Man$25,512-25%54-24$472$30,637,96016Disney / DreamWorks
2120 Feet from Stardom$25,263232%5544$459$4,908,79839RADiUS-TWC
22The Face of Love$24,660--3--$8,220$24,6601IFC Films
23Stranger By the Lake$22,90586%121$1,909$253,8087Strand Releasing
24The Past$21,358-55%32-34$667$1,271,87812Sony Pictures Classics
25Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,1134%359$603$255,2718IFC Films
26The Bag Man$17,748-39%1513$1,183$48,8172Cinedigm
27The Invisible Woman$17,31837%19-13$911$1,158,07511Sony Pictures Classics
28Devil's Due$16,215-45%26-22$624$15,801,5508Fox
29War of the Worlds Goliath$13,385--18--$744$13,3851Anderson Digital
30Beijing Love Story$12,472-70%6-5$2,079$413,4204China Lion Film
31To the Arctic 3D$11,25757%101$1,126$13,860,55399Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Ernest & Celestine$10,953-16%65$1,826$25,9602GKIDS
33Interior. Leather Bar.$10,902--1--$10,902$25,84110Strand Releasing
34Highway$10,880-89%9-71$1,209$525,0263UTV Motion Pictures
35Vampire Academy$10,486-73%32-79$328$7,750,2145Weinstein Company
36Grudge Match$9,934-53%45-30$221$29,802,76111Warner Bros.
37The Rocket (2013)$9,118196%6-1$1,520$43,0189Kino Lorber
38Girl on a Bicycle$8,806285%4-2$2,202$76,8604Monterey Media
39Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,683-52%42-49$207$8,294,32015Weinstein Company
41When Comedy Went to School$7,915-15%70$1,131$337,05932International Film Circuit
42Journey to the West$7,456--7--$1,065$7,4561Magnolia / Magnet
43Under the Sea 3D$7,03416%5-1$1,407$33,771,730265Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,718-12%71$960$83,4235Kino Lorber
45American Mustang$6,442143%1-1$6,442$35,6738Vitagraph / Just Media
46Special ID$6,153--10--$615$6,1531Well Go USA
47Child's Pose$5,889-33%41$1,472$39,6733Zeitgeist Films
48Generation War$5,821-31%64$970$59,1088Music Box Films
49Adult World$4,963--11--$451$16,7404IFC Films
50Maidentrip$3,957-24%50$791$49,53812First Run Features
51Grand Piano$2,964--2--$1,482$2,9641Magnolia / Magnet
52Born to Be Wild 3D$2,916-45%7-5$417$23,203,137153Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Jimmy P$2,40845%84$301$23,2204IFC Films
54In Bloom$2,261128%42$565$35,6039Big World Pictures
55Almost Human$2,147149%2-3$1,074$6,9863IFC Midnight
56The Best Offer$1,890-48%3-2$630$85,43310IFC Films
57Big Bad Wolves$1,43442%41$359$30,0008Magnolia / Magnet
58Deep Sea 3D$1,018--2--$509$46,024,509419Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Muscle Shoals$1,008344%42$252$695,62524Magnolia Pictures
60Free the Mind$905-54%10$905$155,74845International Film Circuit
61Blue Is the Warmest Color$681-70%2-1$341$2,199,67520IFC Films
62Two Lives$426-67%10$426$2,3112IFC Films
63Cutie and the Boxer$315-77%20$158$199,04530RADiUS-TWC
64Sweet Dreams (2013)$182--1--$182$35,67219International Film Circuit