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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 Thu, Dec. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,809,345-2%4,1630$435$343,831,9973Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,715,5140%3,7420$458$142,204,0733Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$405,8211%3,074-212$132$195,425,6895Disney
4Out of the Furnace$374,574-14%2,1012097$178$7,148,4621Relativity Media
5Homefront$318,186-8%2,5700$124$16,800,8692Open Road
6Delivery Man$301,057-5%2,905-131$104$26,122,6843Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$279,779-4%1,31682$213$13,201,7685Fox
812 Years a Slave$176,06025%1,082-83$163$35,631,6888Fox Searchlight
9The Best Man Holiday$173,470-8%1,577-140$110$67,964,0054Universal
10Last Vegas$133,0620%1,539-315$86$61,151,2226CBS Films
11Black Nativity$71,036-9%1,5259$47$6,734,4862Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$57,715-15%1,157-346$50$100,295,5927Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$38,1213%1,007936$38$116,072,62517Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$17,848-10%1,202-1085$15$53,881,0336Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$290,1007%8350$347$9,262,9783Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$164,5420%73438$224$13,126,8656Focus
3Gravity$139,1907%900-116$155$252,033,60810Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$63,87313%11311$565$2,465,9994Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$58,3794%640-167$91$103,726,8589Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$42,534-9%608-235$70$60,306,5926Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$34,540-16%5830$59$2,129,0132FilmDistrict
8About Time$25,27012%266-65$95$15,101,1136Universal
9All Is Lost$17,78221%147-7$121$5,547,0698Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$11,340-18%252-19$45$367,212,05023Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,139-1%312-395$29$115,310,34611Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,257-8%12599$58$24,391,68411Relativity Media
13Insidious Chapter 2$4,1361%122-18$34$83,546,01913FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,785-4%140-23$27$68,333,31818Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$34,544-8%4--$8,636$553,5321CBS Films
2Enough Said$6,74214%94-27$72$17,319,89112Fox Searchlight
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,66811%40$1,667$205,9952Weinstein Company
4Escape Plan$4,0370%81-60$50$24,627,0958Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,6810%96-34$38$36,873,71713Relativity Media
6The Counselor$3,026-8%71-7$43$16,906,6607Fox
7Instructions Not Included$2,323-15%46-22$51$44,467,20615Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Twice Born$839-18%10--$84$18,2951eOne Films US
9Linsanity$459-82%1-2$459$298,17810Ketchup Entertainment
10Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$19247%6-50$32$342,1833Reliance Entertainment