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'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. 21 - Sun, Mar. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$54,607,747--3,936--$13,874$54,607,7471Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$17,005,126--3,194--$5,324$17,005,1261Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$11,832,558-46%3,607-344$3,280$81,134,9423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$8,504,075-56%3,085-405$2,757$93,592,1943Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$7,941,631-55%3,1150$2,549$30,565,5142Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$6,434,825-39%2,945-238$2,185$78,709,5554Universal
7The LEGO Movie$4,149,244-46%2,501-539$1,659$243,385,9187Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,103,057-62%1,8960$1,637$12,913,0812Lionsgate
9Son of God$2,719,425-51%2,139-851$1,271$55,669,0734Fox
10Frozen (2013)$735,601-66%1,069-397$688$397,744,86218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$9,217,043--780--$11,817$9,217,0131Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,787,95587%304238$22,329$12,998,4743Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$951,149-54%938-656$1,014$75,684,8757Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$627,355-54%650-374$965$133,120,35510Universal
53 Days to Kill$587,885-66%752-814$782$29,733,5275Relativity Media
6Veronica Mars$468,175-76%34756$1,349$2,832,9192Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$439,762-64%522-403$842$56,030,34723Fox Searchlight
8The Nut Job$336,447-30%335-70$1,004$62,600,84010Open Road
9American Hustle$232,315-62%281-222$827$149,806,72115Sony / Columbia
10RoboCop (2014)$228,411-73%328-637$696$57,082,5996Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$225,092-59%202-118$1,114$273,089,37525Warner Bros.
12Philomena$207,666-51%297-205$699$37,089,37118Weinstein Company
13The Wind Rises$204,350-53%150-155$1,362$4,689,1095Disney
14About Last Night$201,594-70%214-410$942$48,267,7646Sony / Screen Gems
15The Wolf of Wall Street$192,237-53%215-71$894$116,688,94313Paramount
16Tim's Vermeer$156,478-22%12920$1,213$1,242,8328Sony Pictures Classics
17Dallas Buyers Club$148,465-60%178-103$834$27,065,80921Focus
18Lone Survivor$141,370-47%211-105$670$124,810,30113Universal
19The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$135,467-45%224-53$605$258,039,17615Warner Bros. / New Line
20Pompeii$125,797-79%201-470$626$22,814,0305Sony / TriStar
21The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$114,898-44%211-57$545$424,532,47818Lionsgate
22Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$85,315-36%128-24$667$50,426,42810Paramount
23August: Osage County$62,169-41%141-62$441$37,601,05213Weinstein Company
24Winter's Tale$37,87889%14494$263$12,556,1576Warner Bros.
25Shaadi Ke Side Effects$3,579-69%1080$33$920,1264Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$505,044346%8781$5,805$660,8172Focus
2Enemy$197,6251123%9695$2,059$544,2382A24
3The Lunchbox$183,986107%3618$5,111$525,3634Sony Pictures Classics
4Nymphomaniac: Volume I$158,369--25--$6,335$158,3691Magnolia Pictures
5Le Week-End$136,008212%2522$5,440$200,1882Music Box Films
6Journey to the South Pacific$122,746-1%170$7,220$1,422,53117IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Jerusalem 3D$101,493-9%27-2$3,759$3,196,32427National Geographic
8Particle Fever$78,999-12%217$3,762$316,8443Abramorama / Bond 360
950 to 1$78,480--19--$4,131$78,4801Ten Furlongs
10That Awkward Moment$71,309-45%93-29$767$25,974,3108Focus
11Her (2013)$70,572-53%73-48$967$25,377,94214Warner Bros.
12On My Way$53,006403%2019$2,650$70,3282Cohen Media Group
13Hubble 3D$50,619-10%171$2,978$43,043,004210Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Saving Mr. Banks$49,758-35%76-31$655$83,201,60415Disney
15Anita (2014)$44,114--7--$6,302$44,1141IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Great Beauty$41,645-58%45-29$925$2,716,62819Janus Films
17Gloria (2014)$41,100-50%50-25$822$1,983,5159Roadside Attractions
18Jodorowsky's Dune$36,018--3--$12,006$36,0181Sony Pictures Classics
19The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$27,010-52%63-25$429$58,162,21713Fox
20Blood Ties$26,912--28--$961$26,9121Roadside Attractions
21Repentance$24,929-76%43-83$580$1,179,3274Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Thor: The Dark World$24,449-52%59-41$414$206,287,71320Disney
23A Birder's Guide to Everything$21,602--8--$2,700$21,6021Screen Media / Focus World
24Walking With Dinosaurs$21,495-43%59-39$364$36,020,02214Fox
25Cheap Thrills$18,638--2--$9,319$18,6381Drafthouse Films
26The Book Thief$16,469-44%31-16$531$21,431,88620Fox
27Rob the Mob$13,833--1--$13,833$13,8331Millennium Entertainment
28Vampire Academy$12,957269%3523$370$7,773,3527Weinstein Company
29To the Arctic 3D$12,601-7%124$1,050$13,910,227101Warner Bros. / IMAX
30The Invisible Woman$12,29611%16-2$769$1,194,74213Sony Pictures Classics
31Ernest & Celestine$10,867-73%7-2$1,552$93,7584GKIDS
32The Missing Picture$10,148--5--$2,030$12,7841Strand Releasing
33Stranger By the Lake$8,939-55%160$559$304,9349Strand Releasing
34Big Men$8,82117%32$2,940$19,8512Abramorama
35Child's Pose$8,368-3%102$837$62,8785Zeitgeist Films
36It Felt Like Love$8,211--1--$8,211$8,2111Variance Films
37Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$7,83415%4-7$1,959$107,8067Kino Lorber
38Stalingrad (2014)$7,167-78%13-57$551$987,7504Sony / Columbia
39Under the Sea 3D$6,708-17%83$839$33,801,434267Warner Bros. / IMAX
40The Past$6,543-43%20-3$327$1,306,55914Sony Pictures Classics
41Born to Be Wild 3D$6,26315%136$482$23,223,137155Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Jewish Cardinal$5,861--4--$1,465$67,01111Film Movement
43The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$5,772-75%9-7$641$2,351,2738ShortsHD
44Better Living Through Chemistry$5,337-89%25-36$213$72,2732IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
45Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,236-42%18-5$235$8,316,02717Weinstein Company
46The Art of the Steal (2014)$3,930-90%15-45$262$61,4462RADiUS-TWC
47Blue Jasmine$3,849-78%12-15$321$33,401,34235Sony Pictures Classics
48When Comedy Went to School$3,834-52%71$548$354,90834International Film Circuit
49Generation War$3,457-71%4-2$864$87,11610Music Box Films
50Maidentrip$3,417183%75$488$60,22714First Run Features
51Girl on a Bicycle$2,907118%21$1,454$84,8546Monterey Media
52Grand Piano$2,771-45%103$277$14,2513Magnolia / Magnet
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$2,495--4--$624$38,16721International Film Circuit
5420 Feet from Stardom$2,362-76%7-11$337$4,935,16741RADiUS-TWC
55The Retrieval$1,683-77%10$1,683$9,6772Variance Films
56Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,406--1--$1,406$23,8147Rialto Pictures
57Journey to the West$1,359-2%41$340$14,3483Magnolia / Magnet
58Interior. Leather Bar.$1,216-68%10$1,216$37,29412Strand Releasing
59The Rocket (2013)$1,123-46%71$160$50,48711Kino Lorber
60Visitors$1,100-17%41$275$79,3029Cinedigm
61Beijing Love Story$938-81%1-3$938$427,8546China Lion Film
62Big Bad Wolves$90913%20$455$32,82810Magnolia / Magnet
63Deep Sea 3D$855--2--$428$46,027,284421Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Fire in the Blood$628--2--$314$27,54829International Film Circuit
65The Right Kind of Wrong$422-29%10$422$1,4182Magnolia Pictures
66Free the Mind$395--1--$395$156,14347International Film Circuit
67In Bloom$363-38%21$182$38,74711Big World Pictures