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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 Thu, Nov. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Last Vegas$1,396,793-1%3,065--$456$22,430,7361CBS Films
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,266,607-4%3,3459$379$67,446,6262Paramount
3Ender's Game$1,249,688-17%3,407--$367$33,751,3001Lionsgate / Summit
4Gravity$880,797-2%3,024-683$291$222,714,4925Warner Bros.
5Free Birds$721,08029%3,736--$193$19,016,4511Relativity Media
6Captain Phillips$636,437-2%3,021-122$211$85,182,0164Sony / Columbia
7The Counselor$246,517-21%3,0440$81$15,045,0372Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$241,98746%2,430-681$100$107,176,1806Sony / Columbia
9Carrie (2013)$183,990-12%2,252-905$82$32,765,6173Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$142,785-22%1,966-917$73$22,362,8353Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$396,347-7%410287$967$10,745,5813Fox Searchlight
2About Time$115,5555%175--$660$1,517,6731Universal
3Enough Said$100,3390%662-173$152$15,205,6767Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$60,7563%13048$467$1,667,6013Roadside Attractions
5Machete Kills$50,86624%263-990$193$7,799,0354Open Road
6We're the Millers$44,2804%555-231$80$149,409,43013Warner Bros. / New Line
7Rush (2013)$31,815-9%303-374$105$26,628,2697Universal
8Prisoners$29,295-8%465-882$63$60,090,0127Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me 2$23,0950%309-70$75$364,879,30518Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$22,1081%312-132$71$115,159,77412Weinstein Company
11Don Jon$20,798-6%181-359$115$23,974,9046Relativity Media
12Insidious Chapter 2$17,182-15%553-676$31$82,909,1098FilmDistrict
13Baggage Claim$12,439-13%294-300$42$21,285,3886Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$12,09521%251-52$48$67,540,06513Fox
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$11,2782%243-215$46$2,109,8433High Top Releasing
16Runner Runner$10,124-8%237-732$43$19,202,1625Fox
17Instructions Not Included$5,372-19%136-165$40$44,158,31710Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,289-1%119-45$44$132,379,50615Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,169-12%109-206$38$5,732,6015Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$21,761-3%9--$2,418$354,3841Focus
2Diana$8,083-10%38--$213$103,1031eOne Films US
3Linsanity$5,381274%4-4$1,345$266,8945Ketchup Entertainment
4The Family (2013)$5,224-1%87-131$60$36,600,6308Relativity Media
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,36162%22-69$153$1,118,4114Relativity Media
6Turbo$2,9777%69-39$43$82,818,87516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Big Sur$2,52114%13--$194$26,0201Ketchup Entertainment
8Grace Unplugged$2,46311%81-127$30$2,461,6105Roadside Attractions
9The Heat$2,389-8%42-38$57$159,521,62419Fox
10The Spectacular Now$2,360178%18-6$131$6,840,82814A24
11In a World...$1,970-24%22-10$90$2,914,74213Roadside Attractions
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,543-4%5-9$309$50,3876Rialto Pictures
13The World's End$1,177-8%16-10$74$25,976,10111Focus
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$5601900%10$560$19,3302Cinepix
15Torn$218-20%2--$109$18,2023The Film Collective