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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, Dec. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,017,817-25%4,1630$725$306,725,9792Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,831,849-27%3,7420$490$100,770,2602Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$498,942-24%3,2860$152$188,390,5744Disney
4Homefront$479,237-32%2,5700$186$11,424,0981Open Road
5Delivery Man$390,667-24%3,0360$129$20,629,8792Disney / DreamWorks
6The Book Thief$353,205-23%1,2340$286$9,028,8004Fox
7The Best Man Holiday$327,040-24%1,717-68$190$64,256,8453Universal
812 Years a Slave$176,761-12%1,1650$152$33,692,0367Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$171,701-20%1,854-109$93$59,151,9035CBS Films
10Gravity$136,225-18%1,0160$134$250,137,2009Warner Bros.
11Black Nativity$127,682-33%1,5160$84$5,260,4141Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$99,061-15%1,503-116$66$99,100,2786Paramount
13Free Birds$35,575-20%2,2870$16$53,410,8525Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$332,369-16%83582$398$5,661,4602Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$182,570-10%6966$262$10,761,0145Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$86,368-23%5830$148$1,572,8081FilmDistrict
4Captain Phillips$66,307-9%8070$82$102,923,7098Sony / Columbia
5Ender's Game$60,196-12%8430$71$59,571,1685Lionsgate / Summit
6Nebraska$58,411-15%1020$573$1,661,4363Paramount Vantage
7About Time$27,975-23%331-45$85$14,752,5885Universal
8All Is Lost$17,402-18%154-195$113$5,362,5737Roadside Attractions
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,855-17%7070$21$115,090,18310Sony / Columbia
10Despicable Me 2$12,310-10%2710$45$366,973,18022Universal
11Prisoners$9,617-17%2030$47$60,993,32711Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$8,448-1%1210$70$17,219,20111Fox Searchlight
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,62519%1630$41$68,256,25017Fox
14We're the Millers$6,344-7%1640$39$150,388,22917Warner Bros. / New Line
15Insidious Chapter 2$5,399-2%1400$39$83,475,20712FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$5,295-14%1300$41$36,826,00512Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$3,758-34%1410$27$24,568,4717Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$14,464--4--$3,616$14,4640Relativity Media
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,938-10%4--$985$97,6031Weinstein Company
3Instructions Not Included$3,639-5%680$54$44,418,34014Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,417-13%710$48$115,653,07616Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$3,367-20%780$43$16,867,0576Fox
6Don Jon$3,2117%26-10$124$24,305,85510Relativity Media
7Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$3,035-38%56-56$54$336,0932Reliance Entertainment
8Linsanity$1,930-14%32$643$289,9699Ketchup Entertainment
9Reaching for the Moon$53870%4--$135$45,0674Wolfe Releasing
10Runner Runner$53315%230$23$19,314,0429Fox
11The World's End$482-8%60$80$26,004,48915Focus
12Contempt (2013 re-issue)$373203%1--$373$34,01813Rialto Pictures
13In a World...$151-76%5-4$30$2,963,71617Roadside Attractions
14Big Sur$31-43%21$16$34,9195Ketchup Entertainment
15Grace Unplugged$24-17%4-6$6$2,507,1599Roadside Attractions
16Romeo and Juliet (2013)$23-26%120$2$1,162,6088Relativity Media