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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. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$10,417,194-52%3,841--$2,712$96,155,0351Disney
2Free Birds$2,586,609-27%3,7360$692$32,715,1232Relativity Media
3Ender's Game$1,575,917-46%3,4070$463$45,586,4052Lionsgate / Summit
4Last Vegas$1,549,660-49%3,08217$503$35,016,6662CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,476,006-53%3,187-158$463$80,249,6093Paramount
6Gravity$1,229,206-48%2,720-304$452$232,479,0376Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$1,127,622-42%1,144734$986$18,548,9344Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$849,799-46%2,646-375$321$91,743,8435Sony / Columbia
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$804,640-11%1,836-594$438$110,757,7347Sony / Columbia
10About Time$629,885-51%1,2001025$525$6,905,6282Universal
11Carrie (2013)$157,892-53%1,512-740$104$34,208,6674Sony / Screen Gems
12The Counselor$127,237-47%1,022-2022$124$15,988,0313Fox
13Escape Plan$124,340-53%1,049-917$119$23,332,2044Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$168,682-47%399269$423$2,967,2374Roadside Attractions
2Despicable Me 2$97,650-31%3101$315$365,451,27019Universal
3Enough Said$78,349-52%429-233$183$15,917,7118Fox Searchlight
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,624-23%216-35$179$67,745,86614Fox
5We're the Millers$37,764-49%358-197$105$149,719,61014Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$24,379-39%214-98$114$115,324,53413Weinstein Company
7Prisoners$22,955-53%225-240$102$60,292,0438Warner Bros.
8Rush (2013)$19,715-43%164-139$120$26,771,0148Universal
9Insidious Chapter 2$16,851-50%229-324$74$83,067,3819FilmDistrict
10Diana$13,915-53%10062$139$207,4472eOne Films US
11Baggage Claim$12,004-48%135-159$89$21,396,0777Fox Searchlight
12Machete Kills$11,045-73%212-51$52$7,960,1925Open Road
13Runner Runner$6,133-45%119-118$52$19,248,2176Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$88,086-54%3526$2,517$1,081,1742Focus
2Don Jon$16,457-48%92-89$179$24,094,4567Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$14,796-55%4--$3,699$119,8011Fox
4Turbo$12,545-28%62-7$202$82,884,44117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$10,067-38%74-169$136$2,175,8144High Top Releasing
6The Wolverine$8,134-41%77-42$106$132,433,15216Fox
7Pulling Strings$8,011-60%76-33$105$5,790,4066Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Instructions Not Included$5,908-58%52-84$114$44,200,87411Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Family (2013)$3,917-36%57-30$69$36,626,9619Relativity Media
10Grace Unplugged$2,788-46%37-44$75$2,483,7456Roadside Attractions
11Reaching for the Moon$2,308-38%2--$1,154$16,8811Wolfe Releasing
12Linsanity$1,548149%3-1$516$270,4896Ketchup Entertainment
13In a World...$1,414-64%18-4$79$2,928,75114Roadside Attractions
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,14850%32$383$23,7433Cinepix
15The World's End$1,045-21%9-7$116$25,983,59212Focus
16The Heat$1,034-60%28-14$37$159,533,33220Fox
17Big Sur$822-36%5-8$164$30,6802Ketchup Entertainment
18The Spectacular Now$733-52%12-6$61$6,847,07815A24
19Romeo and Juliet (2013)$481-46%21-1$23$1,125,2865Relativity Media
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$159-57%1-4$159$52,7047Rialto Pictures