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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 Sat, Dec. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$15,063,237124%3,7420$4,025$124,424,4933Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$11,922,87853%4,1630$2,864$329,363,6123Lionsgate
3Thor: The Dark World$2,272,98075%3,074-212$739$192,468,5995Disney
4Out of the Furnace$2,119,55912%2,101--$1,009$4,034,3261Relativity Media
5Delivery Man$1,715,41552%2,905-131$591$23,871,2823Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$1,505,30348%2,5700$586$14,420,7292Open Road
7The Best Man Holiday$1,261,55562%1,577-140$800$66,607,7854Universal
8The Book Thief$1,185,27056%1,31682$901$11,321,8825Fox
9Last Vegas$581,26758%1,539-315$378$60,269,9816CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$525,28566%1,082-83$485$34,713,1908Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$519,59089%1,5259$341$6,172,8892Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$386,94760%1,157-346$334$99,830,0207Paramount
13Free Birds$164,440170%1,202-1085$137$53,672,1846Relativity Media
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$122,27076%1,007936$121$115,848,83917Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,003,31160%8350$1,202$7,601,4043Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$692,08463%73438$943$12,064,7956Focus
3Gravity$577,09674%900-116$641$251,183,30010Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$254,07285%11311$2,248$2,108,6464Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$240,75861%640-167$376$103,380,7199Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$224,56268%608-235$369$59,994,2416Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$123,36337%5830$212$1,868,7122FilmDistrict
8About Time$99,75063%266-65$375$14,941,5286Universal
9Despicable Me 2$83,160113%252-19$330$367,108,81523Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$78,622131%312-395$252$115,218,83211Sony / Columbia
11All Is Lost$49,90584%147-7$339$5,456,7398Roadside Attractions
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,768125%140-23$191$68,300,01118Fox
13Insidious Chapter 2$23,39481%122-18$192$83,516,60113FilmDistrict
14Don Jon$20,82435%12599$167$24,345,23011Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$159,32429%4--$39,831$282,6641CBS Films
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$33,19470%40$8,299$158,4722Weinstein Company
3Enough Said$31,53889%94-27$336$17,276,24412Fox Searchlight
4Escape Plan$16,53851%81-60$204$24,600,4698Lionsgate / Summit
5Instructions Not Included$14,19768%46-22$309$44,443,86015Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Family (2013)$12,26656%96-34$128$36,850,74513Relativity Media
7The Counselor$9,41234%71-7$133$16,887,3267Fox
8Twice Born$5,88742%10--$589$10,0381eOne Films US
9Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$1,41061%6-50$235$340,7573Reliance Entertainment