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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. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,023,143-24%2,933--$2,395$24,637,3121Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$5,320,388-26%3,32565$1,600$69,697,6492Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$4,236,964-23%3,2840$1,290$56,001,1382Sony / TriStar
4Planes$4,146,637-26%3,71614$1,116$45,338,4022Disney
5Kick-Ass 2$3,307,500-21%2,940--$1,125$13,332,9551Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,627,130-27%3,08049$853$39,282,3812Fox
7Jobs$1,756,657-25%2,381--$738$6,713,9001Open Road
82 Guns$1,742,055-27%2,471-557$705$59,456,1953Universal
9The Smurfs 2$1,455,448-25%2,349-1518$620$57,081,8153Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$1,353,614-27%2,058-809$658$120,551,7874Fox
11Despicable Me 2$1,254,455-21%1,818-577$690$346,114,8557Universal
12The Conjuring$1,044,929-37%2,001-649$522$127,838,1665Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$893,965-33%2,459--$364$3,528,3761Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$415,679-45%1,241-861$335$127,393,6966Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$337,608-25%759-1012$445$77,658,1685Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Chennai Express$276,121-26%190-6$1,453$4,014,6572UTV Motion Pictures
3The Heat$220,333-43%691-660$319$155,473,1938Fox
4The Way, Way Back$216,349-31%457-323$473$17,850,6037Fox Searchlight
5Pacific Rim$211,703-27%444-536$477$98,389,6086Warner Bros.
6Red 2$183,311-38%715-859$256$50,961,3055Lionsgate / Summit
7Fruitvale Station$157,133-25%477-351$329$14,639,6836Weinstein Company
8Man of Steel$155,755-26%365-61$427$289,633,84910Warner Bros.
9World War Z$119,794-35%307-198$390$198,303,5099Paramount
10R.I.P.D.$59,885-33%203-275$295$32,423,5655Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$56,560-31%210-46$269$227,161,81514Paramount
12Now You See Me$44,135-25%134-9$329$115,998,50012Lionsgate / Summit
13Epic$37,525-27%168-54$223$107,213,62113Fox
14Fast & Furious 6$29,610-28%141-50$210$238,454,14513Universal
15White House Down$21,322-53%107-52$199$72,117,1698Sony / Columbia
16The Croods$20,633-38%114-28$181$186,992,79222Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Internship$19,326-32%100-36$193$44,553,01211Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$130,307-21%5536$2,369$1,075,2853A24
2In a World...$73,546-22%3734$1,988$331,6672Roadside Attractions
3This Is The End$23,739-39%58-44$409$96,677,93210Sony / Columbia
4After Earth$18,778-22%77-32$244$60,522,09712Sony / Columbia
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,807-25%88-47$157$144,812,79615Warner Bros.
6Pain and Gain$12,189-21%8667$142$49,847,90317Paramount
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$10,809-15%32-45$338$32,230,9077Lionsgate / Summit
8Unfinished Song$7,846-42%43-10$182$1,572,4729Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,845-9%36-17$218$4,220,36211Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$4,138-14%4--$1,035$18,7221Freestyle Releasing
11Mud$4,070-27%28-16$145$21,566,68217Roadside Attractions
12The Bling Ring$2,18919%18-22$122$5,824,52410A24
13Inch'Allah$1,39282%1--$1,392$455,1811eOne Films US
14Stories We Tell$559-17%8-2$70$1,576,71515Roadside Attractions
15Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$278-2%1--$278$25,42724Rialto Pictures
16Girl Most Likely$26134%2-10$131$1,374,6655Roadside Attractions