'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, Aug. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$2,994,750-58%3,025--$990$30,053,8801Universal
2The Wolverine$2,703,138-57%3,9240$689$97,341,8782Fox
3The Smurfs 2$2,454,003-50%3,866--$635$29,563,2631Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$1,717,163-52%3,11593$551$109,674,0703Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$1,555,395-46%3,207-269$485$327,966,9805Universal
6Grown Ups 2$1,102,378-49%3,075-183$358$117,297,6534Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$888,752-50%2,985-824$298$70,196,2113Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pacific Rim$689,052-51%1,803-799$382$93,570,0964Warner Bros.
9Red 2$677,567-57%2,755-261$246$45,737,0003Lionsgate / Summit
10The Heat$610,016-51%2,074-310$294$150,074,9736Fox
12The Way, Way Back$325,516-54%1,001115$325$13,878,1695Fox Searchlight
13Fruitvale Station$307,886-59%1,08622$284$11,160,3424Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$276,182-50%912-528$303$196,158,3757Paramount
2Monsters University$248,500-42%879-591$283$258,813,7387Disney
3The To Do List$111,454-41%585-6$191$3,206,4192CBS Films
4The Lone Ranger$89,295-52%553-714$161$86,854,6475Disney
5Star Trek Into Darkness$78,245-46%300120$261$226,300,62512Paramount
6Man of Steel$75,106-46%304-197$247$287,756,5038Warner Bros.
8Now You See Me$36,292-68%206-9$176$115,512,29710Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$32,200-56%230-37$140$238,052,19011Universal
10Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$31,949-52%214-284$149$32,041,4955Lionsgate / Summit
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$28,282-46%228-43$124$144,540,49713Warner Bros.
12The Internship$25,091-62%172-25$146$44,246,7579Fox
13The Croods$23,857-41%162-32$147$186,674,99020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Purge$12,540-55%132-25$95$64,436,1909Universal
15The Hangover Part III$6,225-88%103-44$60$112,149,08511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$19,336-67%4--$4,834$216,7521A24
2Unfinished Song$11,899-51%68-14$175$1,418,6017Weinstein Company
3Mud$7,673-55%62-11$124$21,479,72015Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$6,915-59%58-19$119$4,105,9809Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$4,921-22%395$126$5,778,2758A24
6Girl Most Likely$4,074-59%36-191$113$1,350,6773Roadside Attractions
7Stories We Tell$1,738-54%173$102$1,557,18713Roadside Attractions
8Pain and Gain$1,253-57%20-15$63$49,787,71515Paramount
9Kon-Tiki$1,031-65%9-5$115$1,512,82915Weinstein Company
10Copperhead$617-40%20$309$167,9136Brainstorm Media