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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, Aug. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$7,969,879-26%3,284--$2,427$29,807,3931Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$7,582,407-27%3,260--$2,326$37,908,1791Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$5,877,009-28%3,702--$1,588$22,232,2911Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,950,572-29%3,031--$1,303$23,258,1131Fox
52 Guns$3,194,540-31%3,0283$1,055$48,638,0502Universal
6The Smurfs 2$2,491,990-32%3,8671$644$46,471,9982Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$2,325,593-29%2,867-1057$811$112,010,5743Fox
8The Conjuring$1,775,938-34%2,650-465$670$120,672,2624Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$1,724,400-25%2,395-812$720$338,481,8456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$925,451-39%2,102-973$440$123,786,4965Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$710,031-24%1,771-1214$401$75,121,0744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Red 2$521,799-37%1,574-1181$332$49,351,6454Lionsgate / Summit
13The Heat$489,057-41%1,351-723$362$153,582,2197Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chennai Express$622,625-26%196--$3,177$2,416,5131UTV Motion Pictures
2Pacific Rim$467,341-26%980-823$477$96,779,7575Warner Bros.
3Fruitvale Station$401,957-31%828-258$485$13,453,9355Weinstein Company
4The Way, Way Back$372,294-41%780-221$477$16,311,6216Fox Searchlight
5Man of Steel$235,346-21%426122$552$288,681,9709Warner Bros.
6Monsters University$193,954-28%405-474$479$260,171,1758Disney
7World War Z$183,148-32%505-407$363$197,458,1078Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$126,670-35%478-1225$265$31,970,1104Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$84,340-28%256-44$329$226,801,05613Paramount
10Epic$48,221-25%222-33$217$106,984,45312Fox
11Fast & Furious 6$45,840-24%191-39$240$238,286,64012Universal
12Now You See Me$38,649-35%143-63$270$115,750,14711Lionsgate / Summit
13White House Down$34,033-56%159-194$214$71,947,0107Sony / Columbia
14This Is The End$33,514-27%102-66$329$96,505,1939Sony / Columbia
15The Internship$28,847-29%136-36$212$44,422,69010Fox
16The Croods$27,592-27%142-20$194$186,855,00821Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17After Earth$24,908-21%109-37$229$60,424,49411Sony / Columbia
18The Great Gatsby (2013)$24,452-30%135-93$181$144,710,21314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$76,740-28%1915$4,039$534,6922A24
2In a World...$20,359-28%3--$6,786$70,5411Roadside Attractions
3The To Do List$19,381-27%86-499$225$3,447,3393CBS Films
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$17,268-33%77-137$224$32,163,0636Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$14,521-39%53-15$274$1,509,9868Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$11,783-23%53-5$222$4,169,35410Roadside Attractions
7Mud$8,273-44%44-18$188$21,538,36716Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part III$5,495-33%46-57$119$112,186,62512Warner Bros.
9Pain and Gain$4,693-1%19-1$247$49,803,78016Paramount
10The Bling Ring$4,650-32%401$116$5,806,4609A24
11Girl Most Likely$1,886-45%12-24$157$1,370,0614Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$1,573-36%10-7$157$1,569,74214Roadside Attractions
13Copperhead$775-1%1-1$775$171,7407Brainstorm Media