'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, May. 30 - Sun, Jun. 1

Wide (1000+)

2X-Men: Days of Future Past$32,551,098-64%4,0015$8,136$162,020,2012Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$16,797,385--3,158--$5,319$16,797,3851Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$12,008,129-61%3,501-451$3,430$174,439,6863Warner Bros.
5Blended$8,144,303-43%3,5550$2,291$29,350,8392Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$8,080,645-42%2,939-327$2,749$128,966,3654Universal
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,778,605-52%2,152-1008$1,756$192,735,9025Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$3,588,444-49%2,329-690$1,541$27,985,0533Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$1,388,886-63%1,114-1040$1,247$81,076,0346Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Chef$1,911,548-16%624126$3,063$6,826,4304Open Road
2Belle$1,258,965-24%52572$2,398$6,188,8985Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$1,116,233-55%983-718$1,136$124,320,7378Fox
4Heaven is for Real$800,872-61%722-998$1,109$88,013,3477Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$627,266-64%539-834$1,164$255,176,5509Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$374,752-43%249-111$1,505$57,338,77113Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$327,133-53%373-271$877$148,640,55511Lionsgate / Summit
8The Immigrant$311,769-30%1503$2,078$1,085,3403Weinstein Company
9Moms' Night Out$293,047-62%383-478$765$9,590,2234Sony / TriStar
10The LEGO Movie$276,486-32%302-21$916$255,436,99717Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$217,942-61%496-104$439$4,049,4718Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$199,327-30%254-32$785$110,049,68213Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$163,917-33%1042$1,576$1,025,2464RADiUS-TWC
15Muppets Most Wanted$134,741-31%233-36$578$50,646,20611Disney
16God's Not Dead$118,677-50%155-90$766$59,797,17611Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$97,148-78%180-494$540$8,157,2924Clarius Entertainment
18Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$89,042-85%1610$553$817,1922Eros International
19Draft Day$85,01210%17328$491$28,698,3588Lionsgate / Summit
21Transcendence$48,178-49%128-74$376$22,930,4887Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Seduction$323,743--94--$3,444$323,7431eOne Films US
2Ida (2014)$237,45316%5824$4,094$958,2285Music Box Films
3Fading Gigolo$136,596-51%92-94$1,485$3,399,5357Millennium Entertainment
4Cold in July$115,813187%7064$1,654$175,0402IFC Films
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$115,293-23%390$2,956$2,393,2839Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Palo Alto$89,310-7%5715$1,567$510,8864Tribeca Film
7Words and Pictures$78,200-11%133$6,015$217,6792Roadside Attractions
8Chinese Puzzle$64,52452%2919$2,225$169,0683Cohen Media Group
10Journey to the South Pacific$56,040-22%16-2$3,503$2,983,79827IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11The Lunchbox$55,420-43%54-14$1,026$3,972,11814Sony Pictures Classics
12The Hornet's Nest$50,641-39%42-15$1,206$255,8284Freestyle Releasing
13Only Lovers Left Alive$48,566-40%52-18$934$1,556,7938Sony Pictures Classics
14A Haunted House 2$48,496-35%74-14$655$17,263,7677Open Road
15Hubble 3D$45,404-32%222$2,064$44,387,401220Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Oculus$38,558-34%83-22$465$27,603,0308Relativity Media
17Jerusalem 3D$35,676-24%15-6$2,378$4,315,42237National Geographic
18Need For Speed$31,104-24%74-15$420$43,496,67212Disney / DreamWorks
19The Dance of Reality$30,17622%86$3,772$76,0442ABKCO Films
20Under the Skin (2014)$28,784-44%28-4$1,028$2,395,3569A24
21The Quiet Ones$27,135-30%72-20$377$8,496,1126Lionsgate
22Frozen (2013)$22,921-34%57-16$402$400,617,40928Disney
23Night Moves$21,488--2--$10,744$21,4881Cinedigm
24Brick Mansions$20,834-87%45-123$463$20,031,3746Relativity Media
25Finding Vivian Maier$18,403-35%29-11$635$1,362,27710IFC Films
26The German Doctor$18,240-46%17-6$1,073$378,2466IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27We Are the Best!$17,664--3--$5,888$17,6641Magnolia Pictures
28Korengal$14,630--1--$14,630$14,6301Saboteur Media
29Elena (2014)$10,341--1--$10,341$10,3411Variance Films
30Redwood Highway$9,128-39%7-1$1,304$60,0348Monterey Media
31Jodorowsky's Dune$8,877-24%14-3$634$596,77011Sony Pictures Classics
32Heropanti$8,454-74%11-5$769$57,1502UTV Motion Pictures
33Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$8,309-40%20$4,155$32,0462IFC Films
34Filth$7,526--3--$2,509$7,5261Magnolia / Magnet
35Under the Sea 3D$6,73347%123$561$33,983,419277Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Double (2014)$6,205-74%14-2$443$117,7494Magnolia Pictures
37Walking with the Enemy$5,725-54%9-12$636$839,5836Liberty Studios
38Particle Fever$5,446-22%41$1,362$854,15713Abramorama / Bond 360
3950 to 1$4,460-70%5-5$892$714,55711Ten Furlongs
40Son of God$4,32615%210$206$59,696,17614Fox
41Lucky Them$3,728--1--$3,728$3,7281IFC Films
42Nymphomaniac: Volume I$3,718-24%2-3$1,859$778,83511Magnolia Pictures
43For No Good Reason$3,56269%73$509$39,5606Sony Pictures Classics
44Le Week-End$3,405-74%9-12$378$2,198,82512Music Box Films
45The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$3,246-60%5-6$649$226,4129Zeitgeist Films
46Born to Be Wild 3D$3,24651%153$216$23,342,561165Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Half of a Yellow Sun$3,198-67%60$533$22,9853Monterey Media
48To the Arctic 3D$2,352-52%61$392$14,070,653111Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Young and Beautiful$2,309-63%6-2$385$48,0226IFC Films
50Sweet Dreams (2013)$2,193585%30$731$56,58031International Film Circuit
51Nymphomaniac: Volume II$2,113-4%3-3$704$322,5929Magnolia Pictures
52Next Year Jerusalem$2,067147%21$1,034$6,9313First Run Features
53Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,962-71%40$491$134,1207Rialto Pictures
54Blue Ruin$1,93673%61$323$250,0146RADiUS-TWC
55Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,779--2--$890$46,58517Rialto Pictures
56Half the Road$1,709--1--$1,709$4,6327First Run Features
57Before You Know It$1,591--1--$1,591$1,5911Untitled Films
58Bicycling with Molière$1,315-28%20$658$37,8616Strand Releasing
59For a Woman$1,298110%10$1,298$17,0305Film Movement
60Just a Sigh$1,226--3--$409$66,97011Distrib Films
61Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,015-78%4-1$254$21,2903International Film Circuit
62The Retrieval$947--2--$474$48,82812Variance Films
63Manakamana$855--2--$428$19,9877Cinema Guild
64That Demon Within$76421%10$764$172,0107China Lion Film
65Deep Sea 3D$588-15%2-1$294$46,049,670431Warner Bros. / IMAX
66The Jewish Cardinal$502-46%20$251$129,40721Film Movement
67Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$367-57%10$367$57,73616Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
68The Raid 2$356-84%2-4$178$2,611,78910Sony Pictures Classics
69Tasting Menu$204-60%10$204$15,6247Magnolia Pictures
70The Unknown Known$177-85%1-4$177$269,1519RADiUS-TWC
71Stage Fright (2014)$133-56%10$133$7,0784Magnolia / Magnet
7220 Feet from Stardom$125-62%1-1$125$4,945,91051RADiUS-TWC