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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, Jul. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$5,983,7088%3,924--$1,525$64,646,4191Fox
2The Conjuring$3,009,4864%3,022119$996$89,859,4902Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$2,728,66020%3,476-344$785$311,818,1604Universal
4Turbo$2,157,37222%3,8093$566$60,103,6482Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$1,817,60017%3,258-233$558$105,139,0373Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$1,307,83026%3,0160$434$37,356,5902Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$1,238,37922%2,602-683$476$86,446,0943Warner Bros.
8R.I.P.D.$1,111,22530%2,850-2$390$26,531,7152Universal
9The Heat$1,000,32818%2,384-305$420$143,159,8935Fox
10Fruitvale Station$551,1617%1,0641030$518$7,339,2063Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$514,22216%1,470-716$350$256,425,1706Disney
12World War Z$438,52113%1,440-626$305$193,486,3266Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$250,84615%1,267-1006$198$85,790,2914Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$460,35914%886582$520$9,940,7794Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$259,06811%591--$438$2,072,6441CBS Films
3White House Down$143,43618%676-778$212$70,903,1775Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$122,01017%501-549$244$287,034,0777Warner Bros.
5This Is The End$86,72714%270-352$321$95,780,4527Sony / Columbia
6Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$85,8872%498-250$172$31,651,2714Lionsgate / Summit
7Epic$64,51530%289-30$223$106,304,04410Fox
8Now You See Me$52,91421%215-118$246$115,077,2799Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$46,7559%267-12$175$237,704,38010Universal
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$46,6889%271-31$172$144,244,81612Warner Bros.
11Star Trek Into Darkness$38,61716%180-70$215$225,674,57511Paramount
12The Croods$34,74827%194-18$179$186,445,88019Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Internship$32,0238%197-5$163$43,984,7698Fox
14Girl Most Likely$25,5059%227-124$112$1,265,3692Roadside Attractions
15The Purge$17,2350%1571$110$64,300,1258Universal
16The Hangover Part III$11,3321%147-55$77$112,040,01310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$14,14523%82-6$173$1,292,2466Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,09625%77-18$170$4,020,3498Roadside Attractions
3Mud$11,10821%73-4$152$21,392,80314Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$7,11019%34-4$209$5,739,5827A24
5Kon-Tiki$3,551-14%145$254$1,495,44814Weinstein Company
6Pain and Gain$2,47322%35-35$71$49,772,88014Paramount
7The East$2,039-6%20-11$102$2,250,2029Fox Searchlight
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,743-5%1--$1,743$11,4421Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$98414%14-8$70$1,540,80412Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$57934%2-34$290$162,5255Brainstorm Media