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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 Fri, Dec. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$31,190,587--3,903--$7,991$31,190,5871Warner Bros. / New Line
2Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$5,748,584--2,194--$2,620$5,748,5841Lionsgate
3Frozen (2013)$5,097,211197%3,716-26$1,372$147,301,2844Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,105,897127%3,563-600$1,152$347,937,8944Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$801,58698%2,264-810$354$196,227,2756Disney
6Out of the Furnace$756,058102%2,1010$360$7,904,5202Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$616,569105%2,041-864$302$26,739,2534Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$539,12493%1,158-158$466$13,740,8926Fox
9Homefront$500,03257%2,102-468$238$17,300,9013Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$563,29494%8350$675$9,826,2724Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$332,522102%574-160$579$13,459,3877Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$331,92091%922-655$360$68,295,9255Universal
4Nebraska$266,944318%250137$1,068$2,732,9435Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$215,25255%503-397$428$252,248,86011Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$205,37617%497-585$413$35,837,0649Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$182,65637%726-813$252$61,333,8787CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$83,80344%323-317$259$103,810,66110Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$78,53136%456-701$172$100,374,1238Paramount
10Ender's Game$59,44940%331-277$180$60,366,0417Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$44,932153%263116$171$5,592,0019Roadside Attractions
12Black Nativity$39,724-44%260-1265$153$6,774,2103Fox Searchlight
13Despicable Me 2$31,220175%223-29$140$367,243,27024Universal
14About Time$28,60013%143-123$200$15,129,7137Universal
15Escape Plan$25,651535%16786$154$24,652,7469Lionsgate / Summit
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,084164%175-137$138$115,334,43012Sony / Columbia
17Free Birds$20,62916%283-919$73$53,901,6627Relativity Media
18Oldboy (2013)$10,126-71%151-432$67$2,139,1393FilmDistrict
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$9,670155%123-17$79$68,342,98819Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$210,910--6--$35,152$210,9101Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$126,142--15--$8,409$126,1421Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$96,979181%1511$6,465$650,5112CBS Films
4Enough Said$13,05994%72-22$181$17,332,95013Fox Searchlight
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,92749%40$2,482$215,9223Weinstein Company
6Don Jon$9,21927%92-33$100$24,400,90312Relativity Media
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,382-81%61-946$121$116,080,00718Weinstein Company
8Insidious Chapter 2$7,27476%99-23$73$83,553,29314FilmDistrict
9The Counselor$4,79759%60-11$80$16,911,4578Fox
10The Family (2013)$3,9277%56-40$70$36,877,64414Relativity Media
11Big Sur$289--2--$145$35,3617Ketchup Entertainment
12Linsanity$6-99%2--$3$298,18411Ketchup Entertainment