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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 Mon, Sep. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$1,772,068-73%3,049--$581$42,044,1711FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$1,153,486-65%3,091--$373$15,188,2501Relativity Media
3Riddick$623,425-67%3,11710$200$31,731,6002Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$501,723-65%3,239-91$155$100,505,4625Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$461,128-64%3,238-207$142$132,052,6096Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$208,780-63%1,720-521$121$88,652,8546Sony / TriStar
7Planes$166,153-83%2,739-294$61$83,195,0036Disney
8The World's End$128,977-60%1,243-277$104$24,101,8344Focus
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$92,081-83%1,638-407$56$62,185,6686Fox
10This Is The End$88,972-54%1,333-828$67$100,523,23114Sony / Columbia
11One Direction: This Is Us$87,732-86%2,300-435$38$27,045,1163Sony / TriStar
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$81,941-73%1,576-943$52$29,724,6264Sony / Screen Gems
13Despicable Me 2$65,390-84%1,006-44$65$359,179,36511Universal
14Getaway$57,251-67%1,378-757$42$10,042,1963Warner Bros.
15You're Next$45,171-61%1,110-792$41$17,983,9394Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$383,579-82%933216$411$27,576,9893Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$86,255-61%908-257$95$73,536,3357Universal
3The Spectacular Now$66,628-64%770355$87$5,804,3487A24
4The Grandmaster$56,272-60%705-99$80$5,896,3854Weinstein Company
5The Conjuring$53,770-61%676-40$80$136,056,6109Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Wolverine$49,187-64%540-158$91$130,275,2458Fox
7World War Z$31,071-67%280-94$111$201,866,74713Paramount
8In a World...$26,739-64%14442$186$2,086,3756Roadside Attractions
9Turbo$25,971-81%353-5$74$81,157,0949Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Way, Way Back$24,377-64%421-129$58$20,874,76011Fox Searchlight
11Kick-Ass 2$24,010-63%343-319$70$28,580,8905Universal
12Closed Circuit$23,283-60%413-457$56$5,618,5293Focus
13The Heat$23,069-64%336-14$69$158,321,33212Fox
14The Ultimate Life$22,623-62%4120$55$1,093,6832High Top Releasing
15Pacific Rim$20,452-69%254-53$81$101,218,24610Warner Bros.
16Jobs$16,960-68%239-263$71$15,900,0125Open Road
17Now You See Me$9,970-69%171-34$58$117,585,11316Lionsgate / Summit
18Red 2$9,911-64%209-41$47$52,636,9819Lionsgate / Summit
19R.I.P.D.$9,020-73%164-17$55$33,464,8759Universal
20Fruitvale Station$8,403-57%137-51$61$15,889,42010Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$5,732-64%91-110$63$291,027,29714Warner Bros.
2Populaire$4,437-63%1512$296$65,7902Weinstein Company
3Salinger$4,394-64%40$1,099$162,0672Weinstein Company
4Paranoia$2,470-55%71-107$35$7,257,3515Relativity Media
5Chennai Express$1,611-79%30-23$54$5,267,9336UTV Motion Pictures
6Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,555-38%10$1,555$22,2362Rialto Pictures
7Unfinished Song$1,361-45%17-4$80$1,663,06813Weinstein Company
8Satyagraha$1,093-83%35-44$31$725,1813UTV Motion Pictures
9Passion$875-44%12-1$73$86,6013eOne Films US
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$857-39%14-5$61$4,291,95115Roadside Attractions
11Jayne Mansfield's Car$802-59%11--$73$10,1231Anchor Bay Films
12Savannah$332-67%61$55$34,5634Ketchup Entertainment
13Underdogs (2013)$43--10$43$35,2505Freestyle Releasing
14Stories We Tell$35-81%4-5$9$1,595,87619Roadside Attractions