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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 Wed, Dec. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,103,172--3,450--$2,349$8,103,1720Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,855,421-23%3,903--$1,244$90,998,2531Warner Bros. / New Line
3Frozen (2013)$1,790,607-12%3,615-127$495$170,193,8884Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,243,105-18%3,563-600$349$361,589,9634Lionsgate
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$809,906-23%2,194--$369$18,858,9271Lionsgate
6Thor: The Dark World$273,905-20%1,923-1151$142$199,163,7326Disney
7Out of the Furnace$232,592-27%2,1010$111$10,415,5692Relativity Media
8Homefront$148,236-42%1,250-1320$119$19,117,8443Open Road
9Delivery Man$139,596-38%1,502-1403$93$28,665,6474Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$255,924-7%8350$306$11,852,7004Weinstein Company
2The Book Thief$202,685-24%987-329$205$15,627,5376Fox
3Dallas Buyers Club$110,685-21%478-256$232$14,677,2907Focus
4Nebraska$109,328-8%250137$437$3,710,7635Paramount Vantage
5The Best Man Holiday$83,750-21%670-907$125$69,324,2655Universal
612 Years a Slave$77,113-23%414-668$186$36,635,5369Fox Searchlight
7Gravity$76,769-27%503-397$153$253,052,84211Warner Bros.
8Last Vegas$48,771-34%726-813$67$61,948,8497CBS Films
9Captain Phillips$30,171-15%323-317$93$104,116,94110Sony / Columbia
10Ender's Game$20,980-21%331-277$63$60,595,3067Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$19,928-12%263116$76$5,770,6429Roadside Attractions
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,452-41%456-701$36$100,640,0328Paramount
13Despicable Me 2$13,78012%212-40$65$367,391,86024Universal
14About Time$13,195-23%120-146$110$15,240,1037Universal
15Escape Plan$11,187-21%16786$67$24,758,1739Lionsgate / Summit
16Black Nativity$9,248-48%146-1379$63$6,920,6213Fox Searchlight
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,7111%175-137$44$115,434,19912Sony / Columbia
18Free Birds$7,399-55%283-919$26$54,011,7997Relativity Media
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,685-2%123-17$30$68,388,57719Fox
20Oldboy (2013)$3,641-35%151-432$24$2,176,9473FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$88,787-12%6--$14,798$1,039,4051Sony / Columbia
2Her (2013)$58,423--6--$9,737$58,4230Warner Bros.
3Saving Mr. Banks$50,595-7%15--$3,373$574,6991Disney
4Inside Llewyn Davis$35,5972%1511$2,373$1,018,7732CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,326154%40$2,082$256,4933Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$5,85319%72-22$81$17,379,07913Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$5,6035%92-33$61$24,439,22612Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,844-3%61-946$63$116,109,87618Weinstein Company
9Insidious Chapter 2$2,790-11%99-23$28$83,583,30714FilmDistrict
10The Counselor$2,537-17%60-11$42$16,930,8848Fox
11The Family (2013)$2,220-1%56-40$40$36,894,22514Relativity Media