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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 Mon, Jun. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$12,585,005-65%4,207--$2,991$141,266,4911Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$3,418,182-45%3,055--$1,119$36,445,4791Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,489,555-59%3,08262$483$82,195,4713Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,180,105-47%2,59155$455$53,142,9502Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,080,770-65%3,375-396$320$220,804,7254Universal
6The Internship$975,680-52%3,39933$287$32,075,5922Fox
7Epic$818,187-62%3,151-443$260$96,531,7154Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$645,825-75%2,331-821$277$211,732,7735Paramount
9After Earth$512,314-64%2,432-969$211$55,028,3713Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$339,209-54%1,901-1341$178$108,371,9104Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$326,102-72%1,649-702$198$399,985,1967Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$251,248-47%1,175-985$214$140,229,1226Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$86,817-54%368-46$236$182,738,26713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$66,245-62%405-175$164$19,684,6928Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$63,041-61%44474$142$93,764,53010Warner Bros.
4The East$32,773-61%11574$285$742,0333Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$25,905-56%258-40$100$88,803,7959Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$18,850-60%201-35$94$98,407,35613FilmDistrict
7Scary Movie 5$16,185-36%14190$115$31,545,71010Weinstein / Dimension
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,778-59%170-66$93$122,124,68912Paramount
9The Big Wedding$13,257-45%16573$80$21,490,5388Lionsgate
10Escape From Planet Earth$10,299-51%151-31$68$56,700,96618Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$37,016-44%5--$7,403$251,4111A24
2Quartet$26,229763%25-89$1,049$18,362,38523Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$21,065-58%2318$916$409,8262Roadside Attractions
4The Kings of Summer$19,251-63%6319$306$566,0453CBS Films
5Kon-Tiki$10,440-62%70-5$149$1,222,6768Weinstein Company
6Stories We Tell$9,780-60%63-7$155$1,253,9376Roadside Attractions
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,104136%300$237$22,807,184115Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Place Beyond the Pines$5,532-42%76-58$73$21,335,71612Focus
9To the Arctic 3D$4,955-49%520$95$12,811,20261Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Pain and Gain$4,346-59%70-105$62$49,294,9168Paramount
11Lost and Found in Armenia$4,15015%2-7$2,075$86,8602High Top Releasing
12The Sapphires$2,494-61%39-16$64$2,328,23913Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,283-47%14-15$163$475,8987eOne Films US
14We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$1,788-43%11-14$163$160,7204Focus World
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$459-66%6-5$77$41,4112eOne Films US
16Not Today$428-74%7-12$61$292,25510Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$408-83%6-11$68$22,1252Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$381-87%100$38$1,001,25914GKIDS
19The Stroller Strategy$310-45%1--$310$2,1091Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$217-51%2--$109$323,84517Freestyle Releasing