'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, Aug. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,202,212-32%3,371-326$5,103$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,725,447-41%3,864-116$4,329$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$15,679,190--2,907--$5,394$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$10,810,533-39%3,14046$3,443$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$8,381,509--2,673--$3,136$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$6,485,385-59%3,2210$2,013$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$6,434,240-48%3,0030$2,143$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,317,683--2,894--$2,183$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,339,006-26%1,944-99$2,746$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,803,309-52%2,375-1059$1,601$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Boyhood$1,663,411-17%723-48$2,301$1,632,5497IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,211,276-32%787-177$1,539$6,700,6015Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,076,581-46%733-529$1,469$203,937,5517Fox
4Get On Up$932,595-52%579-522$1,611$28,697,5854Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$853,510-32%433-211$1,971$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$849,796-60%622-853$1,366$69,936,0925Paramount
7Step Up All In$724,072-73%948-1124$764$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$668,855-22%680-107$984$2,221,3093CBS Films
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$570,505-44%589-371$969$56,917,1346Disney
11Calvary$511,49426%240110$2,131$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$500,324-14%353-24$1,417$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$382,45986%28377$1,351$243,822,0629Paramount
14Earth to Echo$306,531238%781627$392$38,034,5728Relativity Media
15The Purge: Anarchy$305,530-52%295-280$1,036$70,711,2456Universal
16Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$260,94272%302261$864$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Singham Returns$218,164-67%1270$1,718$1,085,3282Eros International
1822 Jump Street$176,499-26%135-37$1,307$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
19And So It Goes$152,398-54%156-206$977$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
20X-Men: Days of Future Past$146,406-39%188-35$779$232,749,98714Fox
21Tammy$145,820-31%157-119$929$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
22Chef$141,473-16%105-17$1,347$29,517,27616Open Road
23The Fault in Our Stars$135,945-28%185-21$735$124,431,13412Fox
24Edge of Tomorrow$120,757-45%192-69$629$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
25Sex Tape$88,080-73%111-206$794$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Admiral: Roaring Currents$435,128-23%4212$10,360$1,516,4213CJ Entertainment
2Love Is Strange$117,276--5--$23,455$117,2761Sony Pictures Classics
3The Trip to Italy$106,44648%107$10,645$213,7262IFC Films
4Land Ho!$77,48765%5221$1,490$353,9087Sony Pictures Classics
5Frank$55,161244%1211$4,597$86,5012Magnolia Pictures
6The One I Love$48,059--8--$6,007$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
7Yves Saint Laurent$46,350-56%213$2,207$492,2159Weinstein Company
8Jersey Boys$44,457-31%64-51$695$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
9Hubble 3D$43,797-17%8-2$5,475$45,824,150232Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Journey to the South Pacific$43,184-24%17-1$2,540$4,493,05539IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Blended$36,064-48%66-45$546$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
12Begin Again$35,727-36%39-23$916$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$34,892-57%70-48$498$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
14A Five Star Life$32,70357%140$2,336$194,3926Music Box Films
15Rio 2$28,394-58%72-56$394$131,482,65220Fox
17To Be Takei$22,846--22--$1,038$22,8461Starz Digital Media
18America (2014)$22,54018%7210$313$14,412,5829Lionsgate
19Third Person$22,154137%2414$923$940,27810Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,883-7%110$1,626$5,004,90849National Geographic
21The Grand Seduction$16,147-34%19-6$850$3,366,79913eOne Films US
22The Fluffy Movie$14,713-64%30-21$490$2,820,9395Open Road
23Wish I Was Here$11,607-63%19-35$611$3,560,9456Focus
24Ida (2014)$10,658-10%171$627$3,648,92117Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$10,470-3%3-3$3,490$34,298,296289Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Mood Indigo$8,689-64%13-12$668$247,0266Drafthouse Films
27Jealousy$8,67457%43$2,169$18,6982Distrib Films
28Belle$8,198-24%18-5$455$10,722,99017Fox Searchlight
29Born to Be Wild 3D$7,114-3%3-2$2,371$23,535,103177Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,064-25%17-7$416$111,479,54625Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3150 to 1$6,7853%2-1$3,393$882,20223Ten Furlongs
32Expedition to the End of the World$6,635--1--$6,635$9,4341Argot Pictures
33The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,424-18%8-1$803$59,073,77325Fox Searchlight
34A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,407429%41$1,602$160,57510Big World Pictures
35Abuse of Weakness$4,957-46%54$991$17,1472Strand Releasing
36Life Itself$4,620-39%8-14$578$768,0368Magnolia Pictures
37NightLights$3,982-43%1-1$3,982$11,8682Indican Pictures
38The Dog$3,143-55%11-5$286$36,2353Drafthouse Films
39Only Lovers Left Alive$2,670-13%2-1$1,335$1,864,94420Sony Pictures Classics
40Siddharth$2,491--1--$2,491$59,8089Zeitgeist Films
41Kabbalah Me$2,196--1--$2,196$2,1961First Run Features
42To the Arctic 3D$2,169361%2-1$1,085$14,168,039123Warner Bros. / IMAX
43We Are the Best!$1,99047%30$663$179,43013Magnolia Pictures
44The Olivia Experiment$1,862--1--$1,862$1,8621Indican Pictures
45The Lunchbox$1,830-21%4-1$458$4,218,68826Sony Pictures Classics
46K2: Siren of the Himalayas$1,421--2--$711$1,4211First Run Features
47The Last Sentence$1,364-57%1-2$1,364$60,74210Music Box Films
48A Master Builder$965-74%2-2$483$34,3655Abramorama
49Happy Christmas$885233%32$295$27,8625Magnolia Pictures
50Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$709-42%10$709$66,70328Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
51Fort McCoy$606-85%1-1$606$5,8062Monterey Media
52Ragnarok$522--1--$522$5221Magnolia / Magnet
53The Girl on the Train (2014)$382-1%1-1$382$1,7558Monterey Media
54The LEGO Movie$377-89%7-8$54$257,749,64729Warner Bros.
55Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
56The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$284--1--$284$11,61515First Run Features
57Redwood Highway$101-31%10$101$131,91920Monterey Media