'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, Apr. 4 - Sun, Apr. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$95,023,721--3,938--$24,130$95,023,7211Disney
3Divergent$12,976,413-49%3,631-305$3,574$114,005,5533Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$7,762,603-12%1,758580$4,416$32,558,1873Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$6,145,357-46%3,052-142$2,014$42,002,8083Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,115,230-28%1,263286$4,842$33,195,6575Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,131,458-43%2,931-368$1,751$102,033,3835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$1,999,758-62%2,4860$804$8,858,3432Open Road
9Need For Speed$1,807,160-57%1,779-926$1,016$40,810,7454Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$1,793,330-55%1,724-791$1,040$88,104,1206Universal
11Bad Words$1,613,277-37%1,074232$1,502$5,941,6814Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$1,466,274-65%1,555-1046$943$104,023,9265Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$1,402,281-54%1,350-651$1,039$250,608,5849Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cesar Chavez$962,077-66%6640$1,449$4,598,1722Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$399,87718%321-66$1,246$398,938,89020Disney
3Frankie & Alice$350,647--171--$2,051$350,6471Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$324,546-71%425-714$764$15,659,8284Lionsgate
5The Lunchbox$320,69812%10330$3,114$1,330,8406Sony Pictures Classics
6Son of God$305,629-71%481-796$635$58,545,2756Fox
7Le Week-End$290,62035%10353$2,822$841,6384Music Box Films
8The Nut Job$273,434-13%285-9$959$63,506,25212Open Road
9Gravity$242,00698%255120$949$273,605,31427Warner Bros.
10The Monuments Men$217,803-49%308-193$707$76,974,2949Sony / Columbia
1150 to 1$206,207420%133115$1,550$369,0363Ten Furlongs
12Ride Along$184,255-42%236-124$781$133,941,07012Universal
13Jinn$149,337--201--$743$149,3371Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$86,582-18%197-5$440$37,470,37020Weinstein Company
15Pompeii$71,077-23%134-28$530$23,091,1277Sony / TriStar
163 Days to Kill$67,181-68%131-209$513$30,388,4067Relativity Media
17Lone Survivor$67,075-25%140-25$479$125,069,69615Universal
1812 Years a Slave$65,934-51%128-100$515$56,501,00125Fox Searchlight
19The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,720-41%130-55$467$258,307,30417Warner Bros. / New Line
20RoboCop (2014)$54,417-44%118-50$461$57,372,1338Sony / Columbia
21American Hustle$52,791-51%119-69$444$150,117,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$188,307--37--$5,089$188,3071Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Main Tera Hero$162,404--77--$2,109$162,4041Eros International
3Under the Skin (2014)$133,154--4--$33,289$133,1541A24
4The Raid 2$130,928-21%2619$5,036$351,7662Sony Pictures Classics
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$97,704-21%5921$1,656$536,1363Magnolia Pictures
6Journey to the South Pacific$89,299-33%170$5,253$1,850,92619IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Finding Vivian Maier$83,260--13--$6,405$172,5842IFC Films
8Nymphomaniac: Volume II$74,978--30--$2,499$74,9781Magnolia Pictures
9Afflicted$69,447--44--$1,578$69,4471CBS Films
10The Unknown Known$64,315--18--$3,573$64,3151RADiUS-TWC
11Hubble 3D$63,399-3%181$3,522$43,323,340212Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Wind Rises$58,472-52%52-26$1,124$5,035,9427Disney
13Particle Fever$57,315-17%270$2,123$533,6235Abramorama / Bond 360
15Jerusalem 3D$52,040-23%320$1,626$3,504,10529National Geographic
16Jodorowsky's Dune$49,99039%169$3,124$163,3253Sony Pictures Classics
17Rob the Mob$48,963119%2217$2,226$97,1963Millennium Entertainment
18Tim's Vermeer$48,855-46%64-30$763$1,522,04310Sony Pictures Classics
19Anita (2014)$40,804104%92$4,534$132,8343IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
20On My Way$37,952-36%25-6$1,518$216,8624Cohen Media Group
21The Face of Love$36,670--36--$1,019$268,6015IFC Films
22Veronica Mars$36,525-77%74-136$494$3,285,1234Warner Bros.
23Her (2013)$32,382-34%85-25$381$25,523,80616Warner Bros.
24Breathe In$31,704107%4123$773$56,1012Cohen Media Group
25Ernest & Celestine$31,5212%2412$1,313$171,8286GKIDS
26Dom Hemingway$29,276--4--$7,319$38,7281Fox Searchlight
27Dallas Buyers Club$28,832-49%52-47$554$27,242,01223Focus
28About Last Night$26,851-64%44-47$610$48,473,6488Sony / Screen Gems
29Thor: The Dark World$22,93336%35-6$655$206,344,13122Disney
30The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$17,453-24%36-7$485$58,229,12015Fox
31Walking With Dinosaurs$13,473-27%33-9$408$36,073,23216Fox
32Alan Partridge$12,664--3--$4,221$12,6641Magnolia Pictures
33August: Osage County$11,924-64%42-39$284$37,699,25615Weinstein Company
34Saving Mr. Banks$11,335-64%36-19$315$83,289,48117Disney
35Gloria (2014)$10,821-48%17-19$637$2,048,26811Roadside Attractions
36Alien Abduction$10,514--13--$809$10,5141IFC Midnight
37Veil of Tears$10,162--4--$2,541$48,0902Word Films
38The Book Thief$9,963-51%23-8$433$21,483,15422Fox
39Mistaken for Strangers$9,393-89%7-2$1,342$108,4742Abramorama
40Ilo Ilo$8,775--2--$4,388$8,7751Film Movement
41Cheap Thrills$8,733-4%1811$485$45,6993Drafthouse Films
42Under the Sea 3D$7,894-17%114$718$33,831,737269Warner Bros. / IMAX
43The Great Beauty$7,798-68%7-13$1,114$2,815,30921Janus Films
44Watermark$7,724--2--$3,862$7,7241eOne Films US
45To the Arctic 3D$7,704-46%5-1$1,541$13,950,388103Warner Bros. / IMAX
46The Players$6,674--50--$133$6,6741Weinstein Company
47The Missing Picture$6,261-19%95$696$34,7383Strand Releasing
48On the Other Side of the Tracks$5,923--50--$118$5,9231Weinstein Company
49The Invisible Woman$5,551-29%9-7$617$1,219,89715Sony Pictures Classics
50The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$5,185--1--$5,185$5,1851Zeitgeist Films
51Born to Be Wild 3D$4,619-57%10-2$462$23,260,849157Warner Bros. / IMAX
52The Jewish Cardinal$4,581--4--$1,145$85,36313Film Movement
53Child's Pose$4,1043%40$1,026$76,9607Zeitgeist Films
54Stranger By the Lake$3,022-31%51$604$320,81711Strand Releasing
55Vampire Academy$2,593-59%11-13$236$7,791,1469Weinstein Company
56Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$2,39568%4-1$599$120,1559Kino Lorber
57The Past$1,756-75%4-19$439$1,325,67216Sony Pictures Classics
58No God, No Master$1,591--5--$318$1,7522Monterey Media
59Stalingrad (2014)$1,577-86%10-56$158$1,013,9456Sony / Columbia
60Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,55155%31$517$28,1969Rialto Pictures
61Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,43848%2-1$719$43,30323International Film Circuit
62Grand Piano$1,204-53%5-1$241$20,8985Magnolia / Magnet
63Jews of Egypt$1,177-46%10$1,177$4,5062ArtMattan Productions
64When Comedy Went to School$1,082-61%3-2$361$365,54836International Film Circuit
65Big Men$1,021-89%1-2$1,021$39,5554Abramorama
66Fire in the Blood$885--3--$295$28,94831International Film Circuit
67In Bloom$880-56%10$880$42,45513Big World Pictures
68Refuge$796-38%10$796$2,5542Strand Releasing
69Girl on a Bicycle$769-25%32$256$88,2468Monterey Media
70Maidentrip$623-53%1-3$623$66,00516First Run Features
71Journey to the West$533-63%2-1$267$17,7345Magnolia / Magnet
72The Rocket (2013)$414--1--$414$52,58613Kino Lorber
7320 Feet from Stardom$154-91%1-3$154$4,940,78343RADiUS-TWC