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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 Sun, Dec. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,608,659-14%3,92825$2,701$127,550,6952Warner Bros. / New Line
2Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,893,784-18%3,507--$2,251$39,456,0681Paramount
3Frozen (2013)$6,832,262-11%3,540-176$1,930$192,034,1175Disney
4American Hustle$5,475,385-23%2,5072501$2,184$20,220,3012Sony / Columbia
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,858,018-16%2,949-614$969$371,718,2755Lionsgate
6Saving Mr. Banks$2,829,776-17%2,1102095$1,341$9,969,8672Disney
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,558,937-25%2,1940$1,166$28,155,2572Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,124,972-24%3,231--$658$7,091,9381Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$457,248-13%1,116-1148$410$200,779,8717Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$1,037,254-20%239--$4,340$3,423,5081Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$386,640-23%738-97$524$13,322,1895Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$343,648-21%148133$2,322$2,132,5143CBS Films
4The Book Thief$246,267-17%680-478$362$16,596,9977Fox
5Homefront$179,293-13%675-1427$266$19,783,7774Open Road
6Nebraska$177,959-25%31060$574$4,370,4696Paramount Vantage
7Delivery Man$162,285-13%663-1378$245$29,279,2255Disney / DreamWorks
8Gravity$152,504-11%302-201$505$253,567,28212Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$128,837-18%330-244$390$15,156,1228Focus
1012 Years a Slave$125,539-18%301-196$417$37,080,31610Fox Searchlight
11The Best Man Holiday$114,075-32%351-571$325$69,794,4356Universal
12Out of the Furnace$103,983-22%728-1373$143$10,928,3053Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$98,656-22%313138$315$115,740,19613Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$79,325-23%333-393$238$62,244,7658CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$65,618-14%278-178$236$100,850,0519Paramount
16Captain Phillips$45,579-23%172-151$265$104,287,64011Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$32,801-26%187-144$175$60,724,6538Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$31,520-24%197-26$160$367,504,16025Universal
19Escape Plan$21,633-16%138-29$157$24,834,08210Lionsgate / Summit
20Free Birds$21,619-23%184-99$117$54,090,4648Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$87,841-12%6--$14,640$364,6401Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$15,392-23%83-180$185$5,840,56910Roadside Attractions
3About Time$14,065-9%97-46$145$15,294,5538Universal
4Black Nativity$12,264-8%63-197$195$6,967,5034Fox Searchlight
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,683-8%40$2,421$292,9934Weinstein Company
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,909-20%85-38$105$68,419,95020Fox
7Enough Said$6,905-34%42-30$164$17,409,12514Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,729-29%43-18$110$116,129,27519Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$4,3146%32-60$135$24,456,51313Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,706-12%29-27$59$36,901,97215Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$8132%21-130$39$2,181,2904FilmDistrict