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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 Sun, Nov. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$9,300,119-45%3,8410$2,421$145,097,1302Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$7,154,840-42%2,024--$3,535$30,107,5551Universal
3Free Birds$2,404,285-39%3,510-226$685$42,024,3563Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$2,018,082-48%3,237155$623$46,532,5273CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,743,464-49%3,1903$547$89,953,1744Paramount
6Ender's Game$1,505,436-46%3,236-171$465$53,593,9213Lionsgate / Summit
7Gravity$1,448,373-51%2,560-160$566$240,379,7107Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$1,180,810-43%1,411267$837$24,853,4915Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$1,013,885-51%2,626-20$386$97,502,6766Sony / Columbia
10About Time$780,800-48%1,28080$610$11,446,2733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$613,866-37%1,645-191$373$113,042,0578Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$466,928-40%184149$2,538$3,012,2953Focus
2All Is Lost$231,161-44%48384$479$4,219,3655Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$152,987-37%687-362$223$24,123,3055Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$128,047-51%933-579$137$35,031,1175Sony / Screen Gems
5Enough Said$113,217-55%393-36$288$16,585,2509Fox Searchlight
6Despicable Me 2$108,275-48%305-5$355$365,943,52020Universal
7The Counselor$89,786-43%481-541$187$16,584,6844Fox
8Prisoners$60,834-45%355130$171$60,583,7289Warner Bros.
9We're the Millers$50,434-52%303-55$166$150,024,26215Warner Bros. / New Line
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$41,975-44%215-1$195$67,924,68315Fox
11Elysium$31,731-39%181-11$175$92,947,67515Sony / TriStar
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$25,468-43%176-38$145$115,472,48214Weinstein Company
13Rush (2013)$21,615-52%131-33$165$26,903,7099Universal
14Insidious Chapter 2$18,679-61%167-62$112$83,184,98210FilmDistrict
15Baggage Claim$10,244-67%108-27$95$21,468,9668Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$124,465-36%2925$4,292$564,0502Fox
2Nebraska$45,122-24%4--$11,281$140,4011Paramount Vantage
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$29,925-47%55-19$544$2,304,2225High Top Releasing
4The Smurfs 2$16,062-30%88-6$183$71,017,78416Sony / Columbia
5Diana$16,017-28%83-17$193$298,1333eOne Films US
6Don Jon$15,646-41%48-44$326$24,194,5418Relativity Media
7Grown Ups 2$13,654-49%91-20$150$133,668,52519Sony / Columbia
8Turbo$12,665-31%53-9$239$82,930,07718Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pulling Strings$11,8901%760$156$5,831,9287Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Instructions Not Included$10,727-23%47-5$228$44,239,36212Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Wolverine$9,433-48%65-12$145$132,481,84317Fox
12Runner Runner$5,754-43%76-43$76$19,285,2217Fox
13In a World...$3,958-29%9-9$440$2,944,46115Roadside Attractions
14The Family (2013)$3,523-38%30-27$117$36,648,64510Relativity Media
15Reaching for the Moon$2,876-28%20$1,438$31,6642Wolfe Releasing
16Grace Unplugged$2,637-49%29-8$91$2,498,1657Roadside Attractions
17The Heat$1,851-59%27-1$69$159,545,15721Fox
18Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,478-55%298$51$1,142,6106Relativity Media
19The World's End$919-46%8-1$115$25,989,73313Focus
20Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$728-46%2-1$364$28,4494Cinepix
21The Spectacular Now$290-40%8-4$36$6,850,01316A24
22Big Sur$205-23%1-4$205$33,6213Ketchup Entertainment