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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 Thu, Oct. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,081,1910%4,001--$270$39,056,7261Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$794,174-8%3,29030$241$42,179,9682Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$734,985-11%2,2972292$320$13,686,3192Universal
4Don Jon$711,066-8%2,422--$294$11,917,3171Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$402,922-13%2,027--$199$11,060,0811Fox Searchlight
6Insidious Chapter 2$357,2651%3,120-35$115$70,873,5873FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$305,041-9%2,894-197$105$33,105,9033Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$223,283-1%2,405-598$93$143,290,0138Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$212,507-7%2,062-869$103$111,177,7407Weinstein Company
10Riddick$136,885-6%1,826-1196$75$40,658,9204Universal
11Battle of the Year$94,601-8%2,0080$47$7,946,4962Sony / Screen Gems
12Planes$50,1118%1,426-1020$35$87,877,3158Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$40,8957%1,007-466$41$65,555,3908Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron$1,200,000--670--$1,791$3,200,0001NCM Fathom Events
2Enough Said$191,479-6%227223$844$3,236,5962Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$156,822-10%948-30$165$39,416,0965Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$119,651-2%305--$392$2,041,2151Picturehouse
5Besharam$45,559-36%217--$210$117,2200Reliance Entertainment
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$45,25911%305-13$148$5,244,9662Warner Bros.
7Elysium$41,968-8%562-830$75$92,043,6348Sony / TriStar
8Despicable Me 2$41,035-1%748-256$55$361,950,60013Universal
9The Wolverine$25,223-1%329-133$77$131,408,45810Fox
102 Guns$24,180-15%403-349$60$75,117,5159Universal
11Thanks for Sharing$21,415-4%251-18$85$979,0422Roadside Attractions
12The World's End$19,2681%281-552$69$25,775,3816Focus
13The Heat$18,05012%251-59$72$159,016,07614Fox
14The Conjuring$17,652-5%338-223$52$137,044,16611Warner Bros. / New Line
15Turbo$13,79814%282-51$49$82,014,96711Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16In a World...$13,61910%121-23$113$2,647,4328Roadside Attractions
17The Spectacular Now$10,6304%142-429$75$6,697,8879A24
18Pacific Rim$10,2903%140-62$74$101,665,09512Warner Bros.
19Salinger$9,822-9%134-4$73$543,0844Weinstein Company
20The Way, Way Back$8,45524%158-166$54$21,353,73013Fox Searchlight
21World War Z$8,15216%160-43$51$202,308,34015Paramount
22The Grandmaster$7,76614%143-330$54$6,536,5066Weinstein Company
23Red 2$6,64610%110-68$60$52,894,48211Lionsgate / Summit
24You're Next$1,614-19%112-420$14$18,418,5486Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$5,3230%1411$380$73,8692Weinstein Company
2Paranoia$3,63912%66-22$55$7,388,6547Relativity Media
3The Ultimate Life$3,46892%47-137$74$1,322,9624High Top Releasing
4Jobs$3,395-12%84-68$40$16,131,4107Open Road
5Fruitvale Station$2,903-31%42-61$69$16,025,91112Weinstein Company
6Populaire$1,958-7%244$82$137,3564Weinstein Company
7Getaway$1,95839%74-441$26$10,501,9385Warner Bros.
8Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,34044%21$670$9,2571Rialto Pictures
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,258-52%8-10$157$4,324,85617Roadside Attractions
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,117-7%1--$1,117$9,6071Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$1,010-30%19-4$53$1,702,66815Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$819-21%2--$410$17,3891eOne Films US
13C.O.G.$412-20%9-11$46$51,3762Screen Media / Focus World
14Morning$39572%4--$99$4,0291Anchor Bay Films
15Chennai Express$21737%9-11$24$5,307,9608UTV Motion Pictures
16Hotel Normandy$186-15%1--$186$3,4791Rialto Premieres
17Stories We Tell$4536%4-1$11$1,598,22721Roadside Attractions