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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 Mon, Oct. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,405,523-68%3,820160$630$171,968,8143Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,346,889-66%3,0200$446$53,790,2172Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$1,068,288-68%3,157--$338$17,169,8401Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$814,571-68%2,883--$283$10,700,3031Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$464,922-82%3,602-272$129$93,174,4814Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$178,028-64%2,160-695$82$57,436,4215Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$163,113-61%2,011-1015$81$17,739,6733Fox
8The Fifth Estate$147,210-63%1,769--$83$1,820,5611Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$140,002-59%2,5380$55$6,542,3762Open Road
10Don Jon$128,493-56%1,114-882$115$22,608,0704Relativity Media
11Rush (2013)$120,010-61%1,197-933$100$24,743,3045Universal
12Insidious Chapter 2$92,227-69%1,665-491$55$80,982,3106FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$156,937-63%757151$207$10,894,9035Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$74,515-69%865-455$86$20,075,5444Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$63,016-72%457--$138$1,034,8421High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$61,182-62%881-269$69$147,771,59811Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$37,955-83%43810$87$5,201,7073Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$37,732-61%602-378$63$114,320,43210Weinstein Company
7Instructions Not Included$34,608-82%475-236$73$43,576,7468Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Despicable Me 2$29,805-77%395-39$75$363,770,88516Universal
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$21,660-60%4610$47$959,8612Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$21,508-59%483-567$45$36,316,9536Relativity Media
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$19,775-74%350-54$57$66,941,70211Fox
12Grace Unplugged$16,184-73%313-189$52$2,193,9143Roadside Attractions
13The Wolverine$15,354-60%207-20$74$132,094,00513Fox
14Riddick$12,770-59%253-177$50$41,898,4157Universal
152 Guns$9,515-61%135-31$70$75,582,81512Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$7,880-67%1470$54$448,9532Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17Turbo$6,764-80%149-38$45$82,635,57214Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18The Heat$5,822-64%103-36$57$159,409,06617Fox
19The Conjuring$3,897-60%113-32$34$137,348,33814Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$90,213-66%19--$4,748$1,013,9281Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$11,371-60%6--$1,895$104,9541Roadside Attractions
3In a World...$3,734-62%47-7$79$2,841,38711Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$2,708-53%21-9$129$193,4645Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$2,692-55%5421$50$6,814,13712A24
6The World's End$1,978-34%40-33$49$25,936,3039Focus
7Linsanity$1,216-77%9-7$135$229,1243Ketchup Entertainment
8We Are What We Are (2013)$1,176-46%12-1$98$65,2194eOne Films US
9Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,149--1--$1,149$29,7797Rialto Pictures
10Thanks for Sharing$1,079-65%14-2$77$1,046,1175Roadside Attractions
11Torn$800-25%1--$800$5,6811The Film Collective
12Populaire$573-54%14-7$41$175,8297Weinstein Company
13Fruitvale Station$533-68%20-21$27$16,087,45615Weinstein Company
14Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$217-6%1--$217$9,7044Rialto Pictures
15The Grandmaster$171-86%9-7$19$6,594,3079Weinstein Company
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$95-43%53$19$22,4454Rialto Pictures