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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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,021,657-30%3,336--$606$39,781,7091Paramount
2Gravity$1,431,067-22%3,707-113$386$204,427,2444Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$874,028-26%3,143123$278$72,874,9653Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$556,189-30%3,044--$183$9,844,0021Fox
5Carrie (2013)$459,863-22%3,1570$146$27,669,0382Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$370,077-30%2,8830$128$18,939,4822Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$234,288-21%3,111-491$75$101,635,2805Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$92,310-27%1,347-813$69$59,440,1796Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$72,443-17%1,7690$41$3,074,4182Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious Chapter 2$51,521-10%1,229-436$42$82,298,7787FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$49,835-8%1,253-1285$40$7,421,8663Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$186,272-13%123104$1,514$3,989,6102Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$150,461-20%83578$180$13,531,9516Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$64,295-27%677-520$95$26,073,1546Universal
4We're the Millers$60,626-10%786-95$77$148,745,80112Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$51,858-29%969-1042$54$19,000,9784Fox
6Don Jon$49,469-27%540-574$92$23,672,8705Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$33,274-21%594-271$56$20,951,1165Fox Searchlight
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$30,961-27%4581$68$1,827,7652High Top Releasing
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,103-26%444-158$66$114,837,96311Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$20,845-15%379-16$55$364,320,66517Universal
11Pulling Strings$15,078-29%315-123$48$5,629,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$14,923-25%301-174$50$44,010,2019Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$11,062-25%303-47$37$67,262,67012Fox
14The Family (2013)$10,510-15%218-265$48$36,518,1957Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$8,766-13%164-43$53$132,272,54814Fox
16Grace Unplugged$8,067-13%208-105$39$2,392,7544Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$6,245-20%156-97$40$42,018,8508Universal
18Turbo$3,608-12%108-41$33$82,742,37815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,9588%100-13$30$137,395,17415Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$56,358-8%8276$687$820,8452Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,028-42%91-370$66$1,092,8613Relativity Media
3The Heat$3,092-24%80-23$39$159,479,16118Fox
4Linsanity$2,836197%8-1$355$257,2744Ketchup Entertainment
5The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$2,21721%49-98$45$493,0513Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
6The World's End$1,926-8%26-14$74$25,961,59610Focus
7The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,92356%149$137$36,1005Rialto Pictures
8In a World...$1,907-4%32-15$60$2,884,94812Roadside Attractions
9Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,635-11%1--$1,635$11,5001Cinepix
10Fruitvale Station$1,576240%16-4$99$16,098,29816Weinstein Company
11Haute Cuisine$1,456-12%14-7$104$216,1966Weinstein Company
12Thanks for Sharing$1,268-56%11-3$115$1,064,3556Roadside Attractions
13We Are What We Are (2013)$1,0348%175$61$79,7325eOne Films US
14The Spectacular Now$803-21%24-30$33$6,833,34113A24