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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 Tue, Dec. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$6,295,4312%3,903--$1,613$86,142,8321Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$2,032,33027%3,716-26$547$168,403,2814Disney
3The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,523,60615%3,563-600$428$360,346,8584Lionsgate
4Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,057,3087%2,194--$482$18,049,0211Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$342,56414%2,264-810$151$198,889,8276Disney
6Out of the Furnace$317,0839%2,1010$151$10,182,9772Relativity Media
7The Book Thief$266,65520%1,158-158$230$15,424,8526Fox
8Homefront$254,10822%2,102-468$121$18,969,6083Open Road
9Delivery Man$225,9588%2,041-864$111$28,526,0514Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$274,23215%8350$328$11,596,7764Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$139,52011%574-160$243$14,566,6057Focus
3Nebraska$118,52013%250137$474$3,601,4355Paramount Vantage
4The Best Man Holiday$106,030-8%922-655$115$69,240,5155Universal
5Gravity$104,87814%503-397$209$252,976,07311Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$100,1097%497-585$201$36,558,4239Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$74,37710%726-813$102$61,900,0787CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$35,5364%323-317$110$104,086,77010Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$27,947-13%456-701$61$100,623,5808Paramount
10Ender's Game$26,649-1%331-277$81$60,574,3267Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$22,6315%263116$86$5,750,7149Roadside Attractions
12Black Nativity$17,84916%260-1265$69$6,911,3733Fox Searchlight
13About Time$17,16033%143-123$120$15,226,9087Universal
14Free Birds$16,279194%283-919$58$54,004,4007Relativity Media
15Escape Plan$14,20427%16786$85$24,746,9869Lionsgate / Summit
16Despicable Me 2$12,26524%223-29$55$367,378,08024Universal
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,60917%175-137$43$115,426,48812Sony / Columbia
18Oldboy (2013)$5,61410%151-432$37$2,173,3063FilmDistrict
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,74824%123-17$30$68,384,89219Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$100,869-8%6--$16,812$950,6181Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$54,435-3%15--$3,629$524,1041Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$34,836-8%1511$2,322$983,1762CBS Films
4Don Jon$5,3223%92-33$58$24,433,62312Relativity Media
5Enough Said$4,92112%72-22$68$17,373,22613Fox Searchlight
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,96726%61-946$65$116,106,03218Weinstein Company
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,277-14%40$819$248,1673Weinstein Company
8Insidious Chapter 2$3,12922%99-23$32$83,580,51714FilmDistrict
9The Counselor$3,06237%60-11$51$16,928,3478Fox
10The Family (2013)$2,25325%56-40$40$36,892,00514Relativity Media