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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, Dec. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$2,051,152-79%3,7420$548$136,304,8183Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,943,642-70%4,1630$467$337,794,4843Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$500,820-59%2,101--$238$5,748,1841Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$397,478-68%3,074-212$129$194,108,6655Disney
5Homefront$343,244-62%2,5700$134$15,672,0742Open Road
6Delivery Man$319,661-64%2,905-131$110$25,086,9873Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$271,141-60%1,31682$206$12,271,8195Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$205,010-64%1,577-140$130$67,380,5154Universal
912 Years a Slave$130,374-57%1,082-83$120$35,149,4538Fox Searchlight
10Last Vegas$128,065-60%1,539-315$83$60,715,0076CBS Films
11Black Nativity$82,010-65%1,5259$54$6,486,7702Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$71,424-63%1,157-346$62$100,092,3377Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$33,612-54%1,007936$33$115,955,78717Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$26,001-78%1,202-1085$22$53,815,3466Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$233,688-59%8350$280$8,401,6643Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$153,479-61%73438$209$12,607,4726Focus
3Gravity$118,318-61%900-116$131$251,604,85110Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$51,427-60%11311$455$2,290,1844Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$49,863-58%640-167$78$103,550,4419Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$44,910-64%608-235$74$60,164,6256Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$44,576-49%5830$76$2,001,2472FilmDistrict
8About Time$22,610-62%266-65$85$15,023,9886Universal
9Despicable Me 2$13,860-72%252-19$55$367,171,81523Universal
10All Is Lost$13,739-53%147-7$93$5,499,9088Roadside Attractions
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$10,138-80%312-395$32$115,279,43311Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,268-53%12599$58$24,368,05711Relativity Media
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,826-70%140-23$34$68,320,98418Fox
14Insidious Chapter 2$4,093-68%122-18$34$83,533,48513FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$39,602-68%4--$9,901$445,0131CBS Films
2Enough Said$6,628-60%94-27$71$17,299,46912Fox Searchlight
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,600-71%40$1,650$187,7102Weinstein Company
4Escape Plan$3,519-64%81-60$43$24,613,6638Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,130-62%96-34$33$36,862,10813Relativity Media
6Instructions Not Included$2,753-78%46-22$60$44,459,26215Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Counselor$2,583-62%71-7$36$16,896,7107Fox
8Twice Born$706-86%10--$71$15,6531eOne Films US
9Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$163-75%6-50$27$341,5673Reliance Entertainment