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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 Tue, Oct. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,638,46710%3,575--$1,857$68,450,7071Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,052,1647%4,0010$263$62,040,0782Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$828,01222%3,026--$274$9,214,8771Fox
4Prisoners$612,15625%3,236-54$189$49,029,0073Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$514,54225%2,4220$212$16,998,8862Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$496,22030%2,30811$215$19,040,8843Universal
7Baggage Claim$309,92611%2,0303$153$15,723,9812Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$278,1455%2,607-513$107$75,315,4154FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$178,70727%2,023-871$88$34,957,6134Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$149,35813%1,606-799$93$145,177,1349Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$145,59719%1,563-499$93$112,673,4178Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$223,35423%437210$511$5,834,8413Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$152,85211%387--$395$2,757,9691Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$119,8016%858-90$140$41,491,1576Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$58,9842%511--$115$1,115,1091Roadside Attractions
5Riddick$55,7758%795-1031$70$41,307,0205Universal
6Metallica Through The Never$54,813-2%589284$93$2,849,9612Picturehouse
7Battle of the Year$53,02541%907-1101$58$8,577,6453Sony / Screen Gems
8Besharam$36,722114%217--$169$536,0281Reliance Entertainment
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$36,52018%513-494$71$66,052,9309Fox
10Despicable Me 2$31,5258%485-263$65$362,496,23514Universal
11The Wolverine$20,70810%241-88$86$131,629,55911Fox
122 Guns$18,01050%200-203$90$75,277,56010Universal
13Red 2$17,92311%20393$88$53,077,48412Lionsgate / Summit
14Planes$17,688-5%376-1050$47$88,171,6839Disney
15Turbo$16,8018%222-60$76$82,252,62012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Wizard of Oz 3D$13,723-13%246-59$56$5,433,7573Warner Bros.
17The Heat$13,21732%182-69$73$159,161,12515Fox
18The Conjuring$11,0033%202-136$54$137,184,69912Warner Bros. / New Line
19The World's End$9,37927%131-150$72$25,855,3597Focus
20The Way, Way Back$3,024-55%131-27$23$21,397,06314Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$6,936-22%78-43$89$2,720,9599Roadside Attractions
2Pacific Rim$5,8312%92-48$63$101,740,05613Warner Bros.
3Linsanity$5,686-2%9--$632$110,9271Ketchup Entertainment
4The Spectacular Now$5,44752%58-84$94$6,750,34010A24
5Haute Cuisine$4,97930%6046$83$116,1963Weinstein Company
6Thanks for Sharing$4,03829%65-186$62$1,017,9853Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$3,44224%7634$45$16,055,59913Weinstein Company
8The Grandmaster$3,0817%35-108$88$6,572,8027Weinstein Company
9World War Z$2,5034%75-85$33$202,354,40816Paramount
10Salinger$2,38640%21-113$114$561,2615Weinstein Company
11Populaire$2,18624%5834$38$156,2955Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,296-8%86$162$28,3652eOne Films US
13You're Next$940117%45-67$21$18,428,3117Lionsgate
14C.O.G.$4010%4-5$100$54,2763Screen Media / Focus World
15The Ultimate Life$3752%9-38$42$1,326,8015High Top Releasing
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$350573%6-2$58$4,328,16618Roadside Attractions
17Stories We Tell$198-35%2-2$99$1,599,54222Roadside Attractions
18The Last Day of August$175-29%1--$175$2,1151Striped Entertainment