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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 Sat, Aug. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$6,991,64546%3,110177$2,248$47,039,5212Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$5,583,68638%3,445120$1,621$87,866,0193Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$3,764,61620%3,118--$1,207$11,643,1631Sony / Screen Gems
4Planes$3,717,22959%3,378-338$1,100$57,077,0393Disney
5The World's End$3,125,185-11%1,551--$2,015$6,640,0391Focus
6Elysium$2,897,32843%2,913-371$995$66,872,5243Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$2,502,592-16%2,437--$1,027$5,487,7971Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,292,39352%2,730-350$840$46,944,3233Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$1,766,98530%2,9455$600$21,274,8202Universal
102 Guns$1,454,39049%1,841-630$790$64,424,2904Universal
11Jobs$1,195,00131%2,3810$502$11,248,2992Open Road
12The Smurfs 2$1,173,25756%1,852-497$634$61,742,9734Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$1,100,57554%1,402-416$785$349,916,0158Universal
14The Wolverine$1,077,05250%1,449-609$743$124,390,3945Fox
15The Conjuring$919,19741%1,355-646$678$131,181,8186Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$552,64726%2,4590$225$5,928,7502Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$417,84048%620-621$674$128,744,5247Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$278,61565%470-289$593$78,589,7906Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Heat$248,29845%409-282$607$156,267,6529Fox
4The Spectacular Now$237,07326%15499$1,539$1,709,8944A24
5The Way, Way Back$181,65947%302-155$602$18,526,0668Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$174,79447%260-184$672$99,066,4137Warner Bros.
7Chennai Express$170,99158%144-46$1,187$4,579,0983UTV Motion Pictures
8Man of Steel$154,67552%303-62$510$290,132,37711Warner Bros.
9Red 2$152,88248%389-326$393$51,514,8916Lionsgate / Summit
10Now You See Me$142,13543%246112$578$116,338,40713Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$134,75647%239-68$564$198,766,66210Paramount
12White House Down$118,63250%229122$518$72,357,4179Sony / Columbia
13Fruitvale Station$117,12943%392-85$299$15,108,0117Weinstein Company
14R.I.P.D.$93,97557%179-24$525$32,678,6906Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$46,29058%144-66$321$227,347,08215Paramount
16Epic$34,15375%115-53$297$107,332,98714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$125,38356%7538$1,672$654,2963Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$53,37337%7--$7,625$92,2291Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$23,52078%98-43$240$238,534,62514Universal
4This Is The End$18,60536%38-20$490$96,757,72711Sony / Columbia
5The Croods$17,89090%69-45$259$187,060,89423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Unfinished Song$6,40115%27-16$237$1,605,76310Weinstein Company
7Savannah$6,2057%14--$443$11,9981Ketchup Entertainment
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,8855%27-9$181$4,249,05012Roadside Attractions
9Mud$3,64253%16-12$228$21,580,01518Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$2,12913%2-2$1,065$27,1742Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$1,60498%6-2$267$1,581,96416Roadside Attractions
12The Bling Ring$1,502154%7-11$215$5,831,14011A24
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,2272%1--$1,227$20,3725Rialto Pictures
14Pain and Gain$86618%22-64$39$49,874,33018Paramount
15Inch'Allah$72532%21$363$457,5292eOne Films US
16Girl Most Likely$36541%1-1$365$1,375,8166Roadside Attractions