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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, Oct. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$12,125,859-34%3,66085$3,313$122,323,1752Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$6,779,444-35%3,020--$2,245$25,718,3141Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,170,948-31%3,874-127$1,077$77,611,4193Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$1,048,278-33%3,0260$346$14,159,2462Fox
5Prisoners$1,006,976-36%2,855-381$353$53,590,2714Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$987,143-30%2,538--$389$3,837,1831Open Road
7Insidious Chapter 2$681,051-45%2,156-451$316$78,517,5095FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$670,950-33%2,130-178$315$22,222,9244Universal
9Don Jon$644,591-33%1,996-426$323$20,170,6033Relativity Media
10Baggage Claim$496,326-49%1,320-710$376$18,230,5403Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$269,837-46%1,150-456$235$146,525,20510Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$159,084-38%1,050-973$152$35,808,1945Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$533,28610%42841$1,246$4,244,6862Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$508,730-41%606169$839$8,162,8554Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$409,576-2%711-147$576$42,716,4547Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$177,376-36%980-583$181$113,544,4439Weinstein Company
5Grace Unplugged$156,034-27%502-9$311$1,748,6562Roadside Attractions
6Despicable Me 2$143,225-37%434-51$330$363,060,13015Universal
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$129,125-35%461--$280$520,1161Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$99,558-35%404-109$246$66,475,60210Fox
9Riddick$73,100-35%430-365$170$41,658,4206Universal
10Grown Ups 2$72,470-42%261-74$278$132,827,60514Sony / Columbia
11The Smurfs 2$71,690-36%268112$268$70,333,62611Sony / Columbia
12The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$67,583-38%147--$460$254,2791Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13The Wolverine$48,357-39%227-14$213$131,844,93412Fox
14Turbo$45,921-35%187-35$246$82,445,35413Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Battle of the Year$45,147-26%210-697$215$8,792,6564Sony / Screen Gems
162 Guns$32,370-36%166-34$195$75,422,68511Universal
17Besharam$29,851-7%126-91$237$644,1722Reliance Entertainment
18Red 2$26,149-43%168-35$156$53,215,97913Lionsgate / Summit
19The Heat$23,714-47%139-43$171$159,279,40116Fox
20Elysium$23,076-39%140-82$165$92,370,04510Sony / TriStar
21The Conjuring$16,098-49%145-57$111$137,274,46413Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$14,704-26%167$919$184,3782Ketchup Entertainment
2You're Next$13,491-30%8742$155$18,474,2688Lionsgate
3In a World...$13,136-27%54-24$243$2,780,74110Roadside Attractions
4The Wizard of Oz 3D$10,720-14%50-196$214$5,493,1814Warner Bros.
5A.C.O.D.$10,129-31%1815$563$60,5332The Film Arcade
6Pacific Rim$9,836-29%52-40$189$101,785,48214Warner Bros.
7Haute Cuisine$7,986-16%30-30$266$153,0944Weinstein Company
8The World's End$7,706-48%73-58$106$25,902,9208Focus
9The Way, Way Back$5,897-44%63-68$94$21,425,33615Fox Searchlight
10The Spectacular Now$5,208-30%33-25$158$6,777,90911A24
11We Are What We Are (2013)$4,821-23%135$371$47,5103eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$3,514-28%41-35$86$16,072,92414Weinstein Company
13Salinger$2,881-24%16-5$180$575,7756Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$2,585-12%16-19$162$6,585,4518Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$2,421-22%16-49$151$1,032,4814Roadside Attractions
16Populaire$1,304-43%21-37$62$166,9056Weinstein Company
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$577-27%20$289$18,8303Rialto Pictures
18C.O.G.$83-48%1-3$83$55,3014Screen Media / Focus World
19Cassadaga$62-67%3--$21$1,6781Archstone Distribution