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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 Sun, Jun. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$36,290,6770%4,207--$8,626$128,681,4861Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$6,195,503-18%3,055--$2,028$33,027,2971Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$3,596,675-12%3,08262$1,167$80,705,9163Lionsgate / Summit
4Fast & Furious 6$3,086,440-16%3,375-396$915$219,723,9554Universal
5Star Trek Into Darkness$2,620,64920%2,331-821$1,124$211,086,9485Paramount
6The Purge$2,216,560-29%2,59155$855$51,962,8452Universal
7Epic$2,135,972-7%3,151-443$678$95,713,5284Fox
8The Internship$2,052,954-24%3,39933$604$31,099,9122Fox
9After Earth$1,421,056-4%2,432-969$584$54,516,0573Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$1,153,8029%1,649-702$700$399,659,0947Disney
11The Hangover Part III$729,970-36%1,901-1341$384$108,032,7014Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$476,711-28%1,175-985$406$139,977,8746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$190,643-9%368-46$518$182,651,45013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$175,158-20%405-175$432$19,618,4478Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$163,183-35%44474$368$93,701,48910Warner Bros.
4The East$83,588-31%11574$727$709,2603Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$59,340-15%258-40$230$88,777,8909Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$47,453-31%201-35$236$98,388,50613FilmDistrict
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$38,100-12%170-66$224$122,108,91112Paramount
8Scary Movie 5$25,153-27%14190$178$31,529,52510Weinstein / Dimension
9The Big Wedding$23,968-23%16573$145$21,477,2818Lionsgate
10Escape From Planet Earth$20,941-9%151-31$139$56,690,66718Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$66,451-5%5--$13,290$214,3951A24
2The Kings of Summer$51,597-13%6319$819$546,7943CBS Films
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$50,123-26%2318$2,179$388,7612Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$27,619-4%70-5$395$1,212,2368Weinstein Company
5Stories We Tell$24,495-33%63-7$389$1,244,1576Roadside Attractions
6Pain and Gain$10,493-30%70-105$150$49,290,5708Paramount
7To the Arctic 3D$9,755-3%520$188$12,806,24761Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Place Beyond the Pines$9,609-29%76-58$126$21,330,18412Focus
9The Sapphires$6,372-35%39-16$163$2,325,74513Weinstein Company
10Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,311-17%14-15$308$473,6157eOne Films US
11Lost and Found in Armenia$3,62041%2-7$1,810$82,7102High Top Releasing
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$3,115-25%11-14$283$158,9324Focus World
13Quartet$3,040-29%25-89$122$18,336,15623Weinstein Company
14Born to Be Wild 3D$3,011-52%300$100$22,800,080115Warner Bros. / IMAX
15From Up on Poppy Hill$2,931151%9-1$326$1,000,87814GKIDS
16Tiger Eyes$2,438226%6-11$406$21,7172Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$1,642-53%7-12$235$291,82710Freestyle Releasing
18Wish You Were Here (2013)$1,370-40%6-5$228$40,9522eOne Films US
19The Stroller Strategy$565-4%1--$565$1,7991Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$440-74%2--$220$323,62817Freestyle Releasing