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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. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$2,686,990-19%2,536--$1,060$40,055,4551Universal
2Now You See Me$2,433,6931%3,02095$806$65,767,9002Lionsgate / Summit
3Fast & Furious 6$2,072,205-4%3,77185$550$207,032,3803Universal
4The Internship$1,815,568-11%3,366--$539$21,171,9171Fox
5Epic$1,450,4731%3,594-300$404$86,810,2723Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$1,378,3853%3,152-433$437$202,578,9284Paramount
7After Earth$1,228,770-1%3,4010$361$48,575,8332Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$847,163-7%3,242-323$261$104,095,9823Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$654,328-2%2,351-544$278$395,606,6916Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$603,2670%2,160-475$279$137,373,9785Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$137,9744%5801$238$18,860,3397Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$109,4511%414-92$264$181,866,31112Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$42,475-12%370-131$115$93,015,7729Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$32,7804%298-59$110$88,538,1408Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$27,9020%23687$118$98,166,65012FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,7063%236-50$109$121,950,86211Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$21,55616%182-86$118$56,588,42617Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$14,23121%1309$109$9,149,8575Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$11,2594%13431$84$21,277,56711Focus
10Pain and Gain$11,1475%175-32$64$49,237,6517Paramount
11Quartet$6,82951%11497$60$18,313,48622Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$25,393-12%4440$577$348,8662CBS Films
2The East$21,122-15%4137$515$382,0302Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$16,9722%7031$242$1,125,1975Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$14,3600%751$191$1,105,2867Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,947-14%5--$2,589$199,9581Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,95884%300$265$22,772,524114Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Sapphires$7,24916%55-3$132$2,289,74612Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$6,98841%92-34$76$21,385,8847Lionsgate
9To the Arctic 3D$6,83244%520$131$12,766,05360Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Lost and Found in Armenia$6,765-9%9--$752$64,0691High Top Releasing
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,27312%29-9$182$455,8666eOne Films US
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,641-8%2514$186$138,3693Focus World
13Jack the Giant Slayer$3,924-3%58-85$68$65,179,82915Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,462-12%11--$224$31,1931eOne Films US
15Scary Movie 5$2,1192%510$42$31,438,0519Weinstein / Dimension
16Not Today$1,84467%191$97$281,4509Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$1,343-4%17--$79$13,6091Freestyle Releasing
18Hello Herman$508-24%15--$34$7,1641Freestyle Releasing
19From Up on Poppy Hill$448-22%10-2$45$994,53313GKIDS
20Emperor$26232%5-1$52$3,345,78014Roadside Attractions
21Spring Breakers$192-40%5-35$38$14,124,28613A24
22Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$16100%3--$5$2,5362Cinema Purgatorio