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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. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$23,222,379-19%4,004--$5,800$82,429,4691Disney
2World War Z$18,595,621-18%3,607--$5,155$66,411,8341Paramount
3Man of Steel$12,528,796-23%4,2070$2,978$210,078,1532Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$4,315,447-11%3,0550$1,413$58,082,1662Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$2,380,425-24%2,823-259$843$94,456,9784Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$1,426,030-29%2,417-958$590$228,618,1555Universal
7The Purge$1,023,465-25%2,201-390$465$59,604,0753Universal
8Star Trek Into Darkness$992,498-24%1,565-766$634$216,777,6256Paramount
9The Internship$983,396-27%1,916-1483$513$38,339,8663Fox
10Epic$545,642-23%1,994-1157$274$101,048,5005Fox
11After Earth$287,258-23%1,166-1266$246$57,382,2404Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$588,108-12%650645$905$2,343,1442A24
2Iron Man 3$514,762-44%924-725$557$403,157,8048Disney
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$236,716-23%206183$1,149$1,225,4393Roadside Attractions
4The Great Gatsby (2013)$197,155-18%362-813$545$141,600,5137Warner Bros.
5The Hangover Part III$181,847-38%530-1371$343$110,013,7725Warner Bros.
6The Croods$154,906-21%324-44$478$183,566,52514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$114,047-26%19580$585$1,208,0424Fox Searchlight
8Mud$97,282-26%213-192$457$20,206,3689Roadside Attractions
942 (2013)$75,911-25%325-119$234$94,205,43911Warner Bros.
10Oblivion (2013)$40,200-27%201-57$200$89,021,73510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$39,686-23%177-24$224$98,592,65714FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$29,220-18%139-31$210$122,263,05613Paramount
13Scary Movie 5$25,452-22%134-7$190$31,673,66711Weinstein / Dimension
14The Big Wedding$22,170-21%141-24$157$21,613,8719Lionsgate
15Escape From Planet Earth$14,469-12%138-13$105$56,784,24619Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$43,452-18%652$668$761,1204CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$15,487-20%53-17$292$1,302,2139Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$13,802-24%33-30$418$1,331,4537Roadside Attractions
4The Place Beyond the Pines$9,181-19%53-23$173$21,383,29813Focus
5Unfinished Song$8,068-36%2--$4,034$25,7281Weinstein Company
6Pain and Gain$7,596-18%50-20$152$49,333,7449Paramount
7The Sapphires$6,409-19%29-10$221$2,360,23714Weinstein Company
8To the Arctic 3D$5,070-61%520$98$12,858,44962Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Quartet$4,702-1%294$162$18,381,78724Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,471-35%300$116$22,848,311116Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$3,02022%8-6$378$490,3108eOne Films US
12Girl Rising$2,560349%16--$160$1,420,92716Gathr Films
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,346-19%1-1$2,346$102,9343High Top Releasing
14Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$1,76311%17--$104$6,1941High Top Releasing
15Not Today$1,023-8%3-4$341$296,89911Freestyle Releasing
16Made in Cleveland$877-39%5--$175$7,0111Striped Entertainment
17Wish You Were Here (2013)$552-40%3-3$184$45,2673eOne Films US
18Tiger Eyes$122-71%2-4$61$25,1633Freestyle Releasing
19Camp (2013)$60-12%1-1$60$324,97618Freestyle Releasing