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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 Wed, Aug. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$3,171,471-24%3,2600$973$48,785,2271Warner Bros. / New Line
2Elysium$2,720,361-31%3,284--$828$39,870,7271Sony / TriStar
3Planes$2,134,828-31%3,702--$577$29,943,8591Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,563,771-36%3,031124$516$29,114,7491Fox
5The Smurfs 2$1,327,640-36%3,8671$343$51,179,4972Sony / Columbia
62 Guns$1,150,640-28%3,0283$380$52,634,9652Universal
7The Wolverine$915,187-28%2,867-918$319$115,209,3103Fox
8Despicable Me 2$862,225-29%2,395-455$360$341,475,6456Universal
9The Conjuring$760,141-22%2,650-465$287$123,279,6494Warner Bros. / New Line
10Grown Ups 2$441,031-29%2,102-750$210$125,321,8815Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$321,448-34%1,771-370$182$76,278,4294Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$247,442-21%1,351-363$183$154,391,6677Fox
13Red 2$223,449-21%1,574-1181$142$50,087,8164Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Rim$211,034-24%980-823$215$97,495,3075Warner Bros.
2The Way, Way Back$186,650-26%780-133$239$16,945,1756Fox Searchlight
3Chennai Express$166,153-34%196--$848$3,004,1091UTV Motion Pictures
4Fruitvale Station$160,823-19%828-258$194$13,983,2835Weinstein Company
5Monsters University$111,465-30%405-215$275$260,566,9918Disney
6Man of Steel$100,778-22%426122$237$289,023,7879Warner Bros.
7World War Z$98,088-20%505-407$194$197,778,9688Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$57,360-17%478-510$120$32,156,5304Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$39,996-12%256-44$156$226,927,10013Paramount
10Epic$25,710-18%222-23$116$107,064,82212Fox
11Now You See Me$24,802-18%143-63$173$115,825,65711Lionsgate / Summit
12Fast & Furious 6$17,190-5%191-39$90$238,340,14012Universal
13The Internship$15,668-3%136-27$115$44,470,34010Fox
14The Croods$15,193-17%142-23$107$186,902,81221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$14,1907%135-93$105$144,751,63814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$30,708-11%1915$1,616$634,1442A24
2The To Do List$12,190-2%86-499$142$3,484,2843CBS Films
3Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$8,725-15%77-137$113$32,191,0206Lionsgate / Summit
4In a World...$8,422-1%3--$2,807$96,1321Roadside Attractions
5Unfinished Song$7,801-11%53-15$147$1,533,0928Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,4261%53-5$140$4,191,69610Roadside Attractions
7Mud$3,085-24%44-18$70$21,549,47816Roadside Attractions
8The Bling Ring$2,849-7%401$71$5,815,5979A24
9The Hangover Part III$2,548-13%46-57$55$112,195,29912Warner Bros.
10Pain and Gain$1,79923%19-1$95$49,808,49116Paramount
11Stories We Tell$1,385-16%10-7$139$1,573,54714Roadside Attractions
12Girl Most Likely$1,1208%12-24$93$1,373,2254Roadside Attractions