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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 Wed, Oct. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$3,488,266-13%3,66085$953$136,013,6432Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,088,516-21%3,020--$692$34,018,0291Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$665,076-23%3,874-127$172$82,200,0103Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$386,476-15%3,0260$128$15,571,9212Fox
5Prisoners$329,134-16%2,855-381$115$54,877,9334Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$290,032-21%2,538--$114$4,943,2271Open Road
7Rush (2013)$244,950-11%2,130-178$115$23,117,3444Universal
8Don Jon$239,096-17%1,996-426$120$21,069,5133Relativity Media
9Insidious Chapter 2$175,123-14%2,156-451$81$79,216,0575FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$124,006-20%1,320-710$94$18,780,2373Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$96,147-7%1,150-456$84$146,868,86610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$59,833-12%1,050-973$57$36,023,2715Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$190,780-2%606169$315$8,801,0264Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$75,980-5%980-583$78$113,818,3869Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$67,479-6%42841$158$4,496,3282Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$57,860-10%711-147$81$42,949,7897Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$41,095-11%461--$89$674,5951Relativity Media
6Grace Unplugged$37,469-9%502-9$75$1,897,2112Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$28,010-24%434-51$65$363,216,17015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$22,722-17%404-109$56$66,592,16010Fox
9Riddick$21,555-17%430-365$50$41,744,4956Universal
10The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$20,489-20%147--$139$339,7131Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11The Wolverine$17,373-12%227-14$77$131,907,69612Fox
122 Guns$12,450-17%166-34$75$75,469,16511Universal
13The Heat$11,547-7%139-43$83$159,314,19916Fox
14Turbo$10,759-8%187-35$58$82,493,00913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Red 2$10,344-10%168-35$62$53,251,08013Lionsgate / Summit
16The Conjuring$5,835-9%145-57$40$137,294,46613Warner Bros. / New Line
17Besharam$5,614-56%126-91$45$676,1832Reliance Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$5,37977%167$336$202,7692Ketchup Entertainment
2You're Next$4,80714%8742$55$18,489,4368Lionsgate
3In a World...$4,761-8%54-24$88$2,795,66210Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$4,0751%30-30$136$166,6984Weinstein Company
5The World's End$4,0001%73-58$55$25,916,3418Focus
6Pacific Rim$3,89416%52-40$75$101,798,62314Warner Bros.
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,37911%50-196$68$5,505,0014Warner Bros.
8The Way, Way Back$3,3697%63-68$53$21,434,97615Fox Searchlight
9The Spectacular Now$2,107-14%33-25$64$6,785,56811A24
10We Are What We Are (2013)$2,030-5%135$156$54,3153eOne Films US
11Salinger$1,608-24%16-5$101$581,7436Weinstein Company
12Fruitvale Station$1,60019%41-35$39$16,07714Weinstein Company
13The Grandmaster$1,11918%16-19$70$6,589,4278Weinstein Company
14Populaire$1,05611%21-37$50$169,9436Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$73750%16-49$46$1,034,9274Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$205-35%21$103$19,4883Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$11620%3--$39$1,9301Archstone Distribution