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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.

 

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jun. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$3,556,99020%3,68628$965$177,529,4552Universal
2Now You See Me$3,517,75419%2,925--$1,203$35,835,2581Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$2,328,22113%3,401--$685$31,904,8231Sony / Columbia
4The Hangover Part III$1,910,02619%3,56510$536$92,060,0462Warner Bros.
5Star Trek Into Darkness$1,880,97215%3,585-322$525$185,050,5863Paramount
6Epic$1,721,40924%3,89412$442$68,483,9512Fox
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$947,44417%2,635-455$360$130,263,0204Warner Bros.
8Iron Man 3$880,32617%2,895-529$304$386,823,2925Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$139,97224%579-133$242$17,138,2216Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$82,12524%506-502$162$180,736,85511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$58,18614%501-414$116$92,441,0658Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$46,50531%357-215$130$88,149,7007Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$33,74317%286-60$118$121,651,16410Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$28,89121%268-78$108$56,375,24216Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$16,07620%207-796$78$49,085,0766Paramount
8Identity Thief$13,50029%150-37$90$134,479,17517Universal
9The Place Beyond the Pines$12,69518%103-25$123$21,159,10510Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$12,35430%149-60$83$97,888,97611FilmDistrict
11The Big Wedding$11,65863%126-139$93$21,304,7756Lionsgate
12Jack the Giant Slayer$8,13720%143-42$57$65,126,22814Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$6,97335%121-364$58$9,052,7944Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$16,56617%7410$224$927,9026Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$11,595-1%3913$297$924,7874Roadside Attractions
3The East$7,9115%4--$1,978$92,4501Fox Searchlight
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,43717%381$196$402,1225eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$6,87716%58-3$119$2,221,38211Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$6,54724%520$126$12,705,59159Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,4326%300$181$22,734,777113Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kings of Summer$5,392-10%4--$1,348$70,3411CBS Films
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,60418%117$419$82,0832Focus World
10Girl Rising$3,680167%30-33$123$1,349,40713Gathr Films
11Not Today$3,50437%1813$195$248,6598Freestyle Releasing
12Spring Breakers$2,81619%40-30$70$14,118,51912A24
13Scary Movie 5$1,869-6%51-120$37$31,415,2058Weinstein / Dimension
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,260-1%12-12$105$985,48712GKIDS
15Quartet$1,244-22%17-13$73$18,264,89621Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,10848%23-12$48$132,090,76629Weinstein Company
17Admission$1,045151%12-14$87$18,005,68611Focus
18Emperor$42886%6-2$71$3,342,72813Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1068%10$106$18,0282Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$20--1-5$20$20,8554GKIDS