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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, Nov. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$1,867,868-71%3,407--$548$28,885,2191Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,532,622-70%3,3459$458$63,101,2612Paramount
3Last Vegas$1,360,766-67%3,065--$444$17,695,3321CBS Films
4Gravity$893,479-71%3,024-683$295$219,784,8385Warner Bros.
5Free Birds$700,058-85%3,736--$187$16,505,2951Relativity Media
6Captain Phillips$620,679-70%3,021-122$205$83,078,9114Sony / Columbia
7The Counselor$310,256-63%3,0440$102$14,077,6152Fox
8Carrie (2013)$238,425-68%2,252-905$106$32,074,8373Sony / Screen Gems
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$205,277-83%2,430-681$84$106,351,4376Sony / Columbia
10Escape Plan$185,928-71%1,966-917$95$21,776,8743Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$448,732-67%410287$1,094$9,401,2703Fox Searchlight
2About Time$93,123-68%175--$532$1,169,3731Universal
3Enough Said$85,187-66%662-173$129$14,895,1517Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$53,509-65%13048$412$1,487,0393Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$47,947-58%555-231$86$149,269,35213Warner Bros. / New Line
6Prisoners$31,956-67%465-882$69$59,981,8417Warner Bros.
7Machete Kills$31,233-33%263-990$119$7,664,1124Open Road
8Rush (2013)$28,785-67%303-374$95$26,520,7047Universal
9Despicable Me 2$26,265-77%309-70$85$364,800,59018Universal
10Insidious Chapter 2$25,047-67%553-676$45$82,845,6278FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$18,776-57%181-359$104$23,908,2576Relativity Media
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$17,532-65%312-132$56$115,089,26312Weinstein Company
13Baggage Claim$15,076-70%294-300$51$21,239,4666Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$13,335-77%251-52$53$67,503,28513Fox
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$13,088-73%243-215$54$2,070,3743High Top Releasing
16Runner Runner$10,491-61%237-732$44$19,167,1235Fox
17Instructions Not Included$6,344-83%136-165$47$44,138,98410Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,368-71%119-45$45$132,362,47715Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,216-84%109-206$39$5,717,7825Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$21,804-70%9--$2,423$282,6691Focus
2Diana$8,434-56%38--$222$76,1881eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$4,331-65%87-131$50$36,583,3168Relativity Media
4Grace Unplugged$2,597-77%81-127$32$2,453,8495Roadside Attractions
5Turbo$2,494-87%69-39$36$82,809,70916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Big Sur$2,444-56%13--$188$19,2791Ketchup Entertainment
7The Heat$2,330-65%42-38$55$159,513,77019Fox
8In a World...$2,133-53%22-10$97$2,908,30613Roadside Attractions
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,3493%22-69$61$1,109,2564Relativity Media
10The World's End$1,162-39%16-10$73$25,972,52111Focus
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$690-66%5-9$138$46,5926Rialto Pictures
12The Spectacular Now$299-67%18-6$17$6,837,20714A24
13Torn$172-4%2--$86$17,6173The Film Collective
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$38-98%10$38$17,9542Cinepix
15Linsanity$16-97%4-4$4$259,9485Ketchup Entertainment