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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 Mon, Dec. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,823,089-26%3,92825$1,992$135,373,7842Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$7,242,6896%3,540-176$2,046$199,276,8065Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,791,072-27%3,507--$1,651$45,247,1401Paramount
4American Hustle$3,603,352-34%2,5072501$1,437$23,823,6532Sony / Columbia
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,278,758-20%2,949-614$773$373,997,0335Lionsgate
6Saving Mr. Banks$2,128,406-25%2,1102095$1,009$12,098,2732Disney
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,664,660-35%2,1940$759$29,819,9172Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$1,657,444-22%3,231--$513$8,749,3821Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$365,540-20%1,116-1148$328$201,145,4117Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$451,541-56%239--$1,889$3,875,0491Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$239,326-38%738-97$324$13,561,5155Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$210,325-39%148133$1,421$2,342,8393CBS Films
4The Book Thief$200,617-19%680-478$295$16,797,6147Fox
5Gravity$127,006-17%302-201$421$253,694,28812Warner Bros.
6Homefront$119,233-33%675-1427$177$19,903,0104Open Road
7Delivery Man$114,223-30%663-1378$172$29,393,4485Disney / DreamWorks
8Nebraska$111,334-37%31060$359$4,481,8036Paramount Vantage
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$94,264-4%313138$301$115,834,46013Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$83,909-33%301-196$279$37,164,22510Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$80,183-38%330-244$243$15,236,3058Focus
12Out of the Furnace$73,650-29%728-1373$101$11,001,9553Relativity Media
13The Best Man Holiday$70,200-38%351-571$200$69,864,6356Universal
14Last Vegas$48,842-38%333-393$147$62,293,6078CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$40,834-38%278-178$147$100,890,8859Paramount
16Captain Phillips$33,222-27%172-151$193$104,320,86211Sony / Columbia
17Despicable Me 2$31,5200%197-26$160$367,535,68025Universal
18Ender's Game$30,186-8%187-144$161$60,754,8398Lionsgate / Summit
19Free Birds$21,107-2%184-99$115$54,111,5718Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$11,756-46%138-29$85$24,845,83810Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$50,744-42%6--$8,457$462,4721Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$9,290-40%83-180$112$5,849,85910Roadside Attractions
3About Time$9,215-34%97-46$95$15,303,7688Universal
4Black Nativity$7,606-38%63-197$121$6,975,1094Fox Searchlight
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,439-28%85-38$76$68,426,38920Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,452-44%40$1,363$298,4454Weinstein Company
7Enough Said$3,976-42%42-30$95$17,413,10114Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,580-24%43-18$83$116,132,85519Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$2,831-34%32-60$88$24,459,34413Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,018-40%29-27$35$36,902,99015Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$781-4%21-130$37$2,182,0714FilmDistrict