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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. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,721,104-32%3,110177$1,518$51,760,6252Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$3,421,299-39%3,445120$993$91,287,3183Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$2,522,870-32%3,378-338$747$59,599,9093Disney
4The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,445,196-35%3,118--$784$14,088,3591Sony / Screen Gems
5The World's End$2,171,751-31%1,551--$1,400$8,811,7901Focus
6Elysium$2,007,694-31%2,913-371$689$68,880,2183Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$1,532,399-39%2,437--$629$7,020,1961Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,476,846-36%2,730-350$541$48,421,1693Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$1,251,625-29%2,9455$425$22,526,4452Universal
102 Guns$929,705-36%1,841-630$505$65,353,9954Universal
11The Smurfs 2$837,397-29%1,852-497$452$62,580,3704Sony / Columbia
12Despicable Me 2$785,120-29%1,402-416$560$350,701,1358Universal
13Jobs$761,002-36%2,3810$320$12,009,3012Open Road
14The Wolverine$689,069-36%1,449-609$476$125,079,4635Fox
15The Conjuring$487,174-47%1,355-646$360$131,668,9926Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$321,543-42%2,4590$131$6,250,2932Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$200,724-52%620-621$324$128,945,2487Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$195,655-30%470-289$416$78,785,4456Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Spectacular Now$194,518-18%15499$1,263$1,904,4124A24
4The Heat$125,114-50%409-282$306$156,392,7669Fox
5Chennai Express$108,654-36%144-46$755$4,687,7523UTV Motion Pictures
6Pacific Rim$108,567-38%260-184$418$99,174,9807Warner Bros.
7The Way, Way Back$102,031-44%302-155$338$18,628,0978Fox Searchlight
8Man of Steel$97,445-37%303-62$322$290,229,82211Warner Bros.
9Now You See Me$95,343-33%246112$388$116,433,75013Lionsgate / Summit
10Red 2$90,234-41%389-326$232$51,605,1256Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$88,279-34%239-68$369$198,854,94110Paramount
12Fruitvale Station$77,238-34%392-85$197$15,185,2497Weinstein Company
13White House Down$68,275-42%229122$298$72,425,6929Sony / Columbia
14R.I.P.D.$52,805-44%179-24$295$32,731,4956Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$30,762-34%144-66$214$227,377,84415Paramount
16Epic$23,618-31%115-53$205$107,356,60514Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$78,483-37%7538$1,046$732,7793Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$40,388-24%7--$5,770$132,6171Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$15,685-33%98-43$160$238,550,31014Universal
4This Is The End$13,366-28%38-20$352$96,771,09311Sony / Columbia
5The Croods$12,803-28%69-45$186$187,073,69723Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Unfinished Song$5,487-14%27-16$203$1,611,25010Weinstein Company
7Savannah$3,601-42%14--$257$15,5991Ketchup Entertainment
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,208-34%27-9$119$4,252,25812Roadside Attractions
9Mud$1,871-49%16-12$117$21,581,88618Roadside Attractions
10Girl Rising$1,720--1--$1,720$1,526,48825Gathr Films
11Underdogs (2013)$1,355-36%2-2$678$28,5292Freestyle Releasing
12Stories We Tell$1,069-33%6-2$178$1,583,03316Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$994-19%1--$994$21,3665Rialto Pictures
14Pain and Gain$603-30%22-64$27$49,874,93318Paramount
15The Bling Ring$425-72%7-11$61$5,831,56511A24
16Inch'Allah$356-51%21$178$457,8852eOne Films US
17Girl Most Likely$310-15%1-1$310$1,376,1266Roadside Attractions