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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 Fri, Oct. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$12,601,068136%3,66085$3,443$91,735,9872Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$8,488,587--3,020--$2,811$8,488,5871Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$3,553,759262%3,874-127$917$67,390,4363Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$1,442,747--2,538--$568$1,442,7471Open Road
5Runner Runner$1,165,888112%3,0260$385$11,554,8462Fox
6Prisoners$1,052,594130%2,855-381$369$51,007,4734Warner Bros.
7Insidious Chapter 2$805,302224%2,156-451$374$76,602,3195FilmDistrict
8Don Jon$763,22899%1,996-426$382$18,564,3783Relativity Media
9Rush (2013)$713,55082%2,130-178$335$20,550,8194Universal
10Baggage Claim$572,783150%1,320-710$434$16,770,2613Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$329,689169%1,150-456$287$145,753,57610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$167,17133%1,050-973$159$35,391,5205Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$538,321166%606169$888$6,789,9204Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$251,532134%42841$588$3,226,0002Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$213,073140%711-147$300$41,887,5617Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$192,609--461--$418$192,6091Relativity Media
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$168,47136%980-583$172$113,089,2429Weinstein Company
6Grace Unplugged$153,374177%502-9$306$1,377,4822Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$134,540326%434-51$310$362,689,05515Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,679166%404-109$252$66,222,73210Fox
9The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$78,208--147--$532$78,2081Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Grown Ups 2$73,620--261-74$282$132,630,64914Sony / Columbia
11Riddick$70,96548%430-365$165$41,473,5206Universal
12The Smurfs 2$67,440--268112$252$70,150,14811Sony / Columbia
13The Wolverine$51,715172%227-14$228$131,717,69012Fox
14Turbo$43,086128%187-35$230$82,328,38013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Battle of the Year$36,413-8%210-697$173$8,686,8964Sony / Screen Gems
16Red 2$33,24993%168-35$198$53,143,55813Lionsgate / Summit
172 Guns$33,185138%166-34$200$75,339,68511Universal
18The Heat$28,070153%139-43$202$159,211,24416Fox
19Elysium$27,061--140-82$193$92,309,31410Sony / TriStar
20Besharam$19,51983%126-91$155$582,0602Reliance Entertainment
21The Conjuring$19,25265%145-57$133$137,225,71313Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$17,2186%167$1,076$149,9032Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$13,80074%54-24$256$2,749,51610Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$11,8731961%8742$136$18,441,3728Lionsgate
4Pacific Rim$9,72139%52-40$187$101,761,80014Warner Bros.
5The World's End$9,48217%73-58$130$25,880,2608Focus
6A.C.O.D.$9,266--1815$515$35,7052The Film Arcade
7Haute Cuisine$7,1503%30-30$238$135,6114Weinstein Company
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$6,971-54%50-196$139$5,469,9274Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$6,733144%63-68$107$21,408,87115Fox Searchlight
10The Spectacular Now$6,73047%33-25$204$6,765,29611A24
11We Are What We Are (2013)$5,205289%135$400$36,4433eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$2,9612%41-35$72$16,064,54214Weinstein Company
13Salinger$2,82213%16-5$176$569,0876Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$2,273-19%16-19$142$6,579,9168Weinstein Company
15Populaire$1,770-34%21-37$84$163,3216Weinstein Company
16Thanks for Sharing$1,662-55%16-49$104$1,026,9644Roadside Attractions
17Cassadaga$1,430--3--$477$1,4301Archstone Distribution
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3139%20$157$17,4603Rialto Pictures