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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 Sat, Oct. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,514,488-8%3,336--$3,452$24,074,7151Paramount
2Gravity$9,019,13548%3,707-113$2,433$194,613,7904Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$5,178,81843%3,143123$1,648$67,076,9123Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$2,940,093-6%3,044--$966$6,070,1751Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,870,93275%3,111-491$923$99,022,5595Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$2,553,34231%3,1570$809$24,630,5532Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$1,940,77548%2,8830$673$16,335,6782Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$487,62952%1,347-813$362$58,867,4396Warner Bros.
9Insidious Chapter 2$423,74353%1,229-436$345$81,953,5497FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$239,07237%1,7690$135$2,690,5842Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$119,03625%1,253-1285$95$7,177,5403Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$926,54949%123104$7,533$2,808,3812Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$735,79159%83578$881$12,664,1176Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$311,42051%677-520$460$25,673,7446Universal
4Baggage Claim$274,95172%594-271$463$20,712,7345Fox Searchlight
5We're the Millers$262,53245%786-95$334$148,423,41412Warner Bros. / New Line
6Runner Runner$237,40535%969-1042$245$18,672,1084Fox
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$228,22653%4581$498$1,587,2622High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$208,39733%540-574$386$23,371,1475Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$176,23572%379-16$465$364,136,82517Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,77161%444-158$279$114,673,93611Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$116,52278%301-174$387$43,854,6899Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$104,41172%303-47$345$67,159,06512Fox
13Pulling Strings$103,26762%315-123$328$5,472,5114Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Grown Ups 2$63,41764%188-35$337$133,280,74816Sony / Columbia
15Grace Unplugged$50,64031%208-105$243$2,335,3984Roadside Attractions
16The Wolverine$46,76564%164-43$285$132,216,59914Fox
17The Smurfs 2$46,01080%205-37$224$70,745,22513Sony / Columbia
18The Family (2013)$38,89147%218-265$178$36,462,1267Relativity Media
19Turbo$32,45485%108-41$301$82,704,96015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
20Riddick$25,74043%156-97$165$41,981,4108Universal
21The Conjuring$13,22661%100-13$132$137,381,09815Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$212,59538%8276$2,593$504,6492Roadside Attractions
2The Heat$18,04632%80-23$226$159,461,57718Fox
3Elysium$16,02052%61-32$263$92,522,27912Sony / TriStar
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$14,3875%91-370$158$1,062,9503Relativity Media
5In a World...$10,02753%32-15$313$2,872,78112Roadside Attractions
6A.C.O.D.$6,95735%19-23$366$152,3854The Film Arcade
7Spinning Plates$6,9332%3--$2,311$13,7271The Film Arcade
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$6,325113%49-98$129$482,9193Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9The World's End$5,42043%26-14$208$25,952,98610Focus
10Thanks for Sharing$4,22246%11-3$384$1,056,9146Roadside Attractions
11Linsanity$4,087-20%8-1$511$249,1664Ketchup Entertainment
12Haute Cuisine$3,84080%14-7$274$209,4476Weinstein Company
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,36554%1411$240$29,0215Rialto Pictures
14We Are What We Are (2013)$3,23130%175$190$74,1535eOne Films US
15Torn$2,968-28%54$594$15,3702The Film Collective
16The Spectacular Now$2,83343%24-30$118$6,828,16613A24
17Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,7382%1--$2,738$5,4241Cinepix
18Fruitvale Station$2,05637%16-4$129$16,094,17716Weinstein Company