'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. 11 - Sun, Apr. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$41,274,861-57%3,9380$10,481$158,883,0322Disney
2Rio 2$39,327,869--3,948--$9,961$39,327,8691Fox
3Oculus$12,005,402--2,648--$4,534$12,005,4021Relativity Media
4Draft Day$9,783,603--2,781--$3,518$9,783,6031Lionsgate / Summit
6Divergent$7,380,460-43%3,110-521$2,373$124,757,4534Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$5,540,678-29%1,860102$2,979$40,897,9904Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$4,069,245-33%1,467204$2,774$39,488,8006Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$2,275,944-63%2,261-791$1,007$45,752,9914Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,872,803-64%2,001-930$936$105,262,7826Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Raid 2$956,672631%954928$1,003$1,369,7973Sony Pictures Classics
2Non-Stop (2014)$750,225-58%762-962$985$89,454,5307Universal
3Need For Speed$682,317-62%613-1166$1,113$42,076,5615Disney / DreamWorks
4Bad Words$596,236-63%763-311$781$7,126,3425Focus
5The LEGO Movie$502,033-64%610-740$823$251,560,80410Warner Bros.
6300: Rise of an Empire$441,465-70%525-1030$841$105,020,8906Warner Bros.
7Frozen (2013)$385,006-4%34423$1,119$399,445,24821Disney
8Sabotage (2014)$361,438-82%751-1735$481$10,069,5693Open Road
9Son of God$297,567-3%905424$329$58,969,6407Fox
10Cesar Chavez$285,502-70%305-359$936$5,186,3303Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Lunchbox$283,903-11%12926$2,201$1,735,9117Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Week-End$250,586-14%14542$1,728$1,201,6475Music Box Films
13The Nut Job$186,577-32%261-24$715$63,799,50513Open Road
14The Monuments Men$174,646-20%265-43$659$77,256,82710Sony / Columbia
15RoboCop (2014)$149,157174%19476$769$57,545,2029Sony / Columbia
16Ride Along$144,995-21%177-59$819$134,141,53013Universal
17Gravity$133,931-45%202-53$663$273,838,26928Warner Bros.
18Frankie & Alice$129,337-63%1710$756$592,2202Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
19Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,975-74%135-290$622$15,850,3815Lionsgate
20Philomena$52,665-39%157-40$335$37,574,90021Weinstein Company
21The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$27,379-55%101-29$271$258,355,35418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Under the Skin (2014)$281,650112%5450$5,216$472,6472A24
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$140,315-25%370$3,792$449,3082Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joe (2014)$105,881--48--$2,206$105,8811Roadside Attractions
4Finding Vivian Maier$99,02319%207$4,951$309,0243IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$87,989--4--$21,997$87,9891Sony Pictures Classics
650 to 1$78,924-62%95-38$831$507,4864Ten Furlongs
7Journey to the South Pacific$73,139-18%14-3$5,224$1,977,87520IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Dom Hemingway$70,118140%4238$1,669$119,9412Fox Searchlight
9Nymphomaniac: Volume II$68,443-9%29-1$2,360$191,4372Magnolia Pictures
10Jerusalem 3D$68,44032%331$2,074$3,638,73930National Geographic
11The Unknown Known$63,835-1%8062$798$152,1982RADiUS-TWC
12The Railway Man$61,845--4--$15,461$61,8451Weinstein Company
13Cuban Fury$57,105--79--$723$57,1051eOne Films US
14Hubble 3D$55,218-13%14-4$3,944$43,438,528213Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Nymphomaniac: Volume I$54,878-44%49-10$1,120$648,1984Magnolia Pictures
16Main Tera Hero$45,272-72%770$588$253,2122Eros International
17Jodorowsky's Dune$42,392-15%237$1,843$237,3934Sony Pictures Classics
18Particle Fever$41,309-28%23-4$1,796$598,6476Abramorama / Bond 360
19Pompeii$41,025-42%93-41$441$23,169,0338Sony / TriStar
203 Days to Kill$39,516-41%83-48$476$30,455,3868Relativity Media
2112 Years a Slave$32,935-50%64-64$515$56,567,84426Fox Searchlight
22Rob the Mob$30,293-38%308$1,010$147,3844Millennium Entertainment
24The Wind Rises$24,870-57%25-27$995$5,089,1618Disney
25Ernest & Celestine$24,601-22%3915$631$212,1797GKIDS
26The Face of Love$22,857-38%32-4$714$309,4276IFC Films
27Tim's Vermeer$19,790-59%29-35$682$1,569,30611Sony Pictures Classics
28The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$18,535257%43$4,634$27,0452Zeitgeist Films
29Afflicted$18,328-74%34-10$539$121,1792CBS Films
30Dallas Buyers Club$17,577-39%33-19$533$27,272,14524Focus
31Her (2013)$16,523-49%38-47$435$25,556,06517Warner Bros.
32On My Way$14,587-62%14-11$1,042$247,9825Cohen Media Group
33About Last Night$13,495-50%26-18$519$48,500,5199Sony / Screen Gems
34Anita (2014)$12,845-69%123$1,070$154,8274IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Alan Partridge$11,875-6%74$1,696$63,8012Magnolia Pictures
36Gloria (2014)$11,6348%247$485$2,064,69712Roadside Attractions
37Dancing in Jaffa$10,564--2--$5,282$10,5641IFC Films
38Thor: The Dark World$10,322-55%16-19$645$206,360,01823Disney
39Veil of Tears$9,953-2%2-2$4,977$69,8303Word Films
40Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,412293%40$2,353$134,68510Kino Lorber
41Breathe In$8,853-72%15-26$590$81,4263Cohen Media Group
42Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$8,548--16--$534$288,8968IFC Films
43Veronica Mars$8,540-77%23-51$371$3,309,8315Warner Bros.
44Watermark$8,2677%31$2,756$20,2142eOne Films US
45August: Osage County$7,681-36%27-15$284$37,718,08316Weinstein Company
46To the Arctic 3D$6,631-14%4-1$1,658$13,967,001104Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Hank and Asha$6,192--1--$6,192$6,1921FilmRise Releasing
48Under the Sea 3D$6,074-23%7-4$868$33,843,931270Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Hateship Loveship$6,015--1--$6,015$6,0151IFC Films
50The Great Beauty$5,578-28%5-2$1,116$2,835,88622Janus Films
51Mistaken for Strangers$5,065-46%4-3$1,266$121,6613Abramorama
52Born to Be Wild 3D$4,9647%111$451$23,269,886158Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Saving Mr. Banks$4,436-61%15-21$296$83,299,76118Disney
54Cheap Thrills$4,224-52%10-8$422$53,6824Drafthouse Films
55The Past$2,59448%3-1$865$1,330,59617Sony Pictures Classics
56Interior. Leather Bar.$2,439--2--$1,220$40,86215Strand Releasing
57The Invisible Woman$1,941-65%7-2$277$1,222,86316Sony Pictures Classics
58Child's Pose$1,809-56%2-2$905$81,0858Zeitgeist Films
59The Butterfly Room$1,081--1--$1,081$1,0811Archstone Distribution
60Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-32%31$324$45,31024International Film Circuit
61Maidentrip$93650%10$936$67,70517First Run Features
62Grand Piano$909-25%2-3$455$22,3536Magnolia / Magnet
63Peter Brook: The Tightrope$824--1--$824$18,92911First Run Features
64Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$552-64%1-2$552$29,39710Rialto Pictures
65The Missing Picture$545-91%3-6$182$39,8604Strand Releasing
6620 Feet from Stardom$480212%21$240$4,941,26344RADiUS-TWC
67The Rocket (2013)$377-9%32$126$52,96314Kino Lorber
68Girl on a Bicycle$328-57%2-1$164$89,8529Monterey Media
69Stranger By the Lake$302-90%1-4$302$323,07012Strand Releasing
70Redwood Highway$30--1--$30$301Monterey Media