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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. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,265,696-33%3,92825$1,341$140,639,4802Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$4,781,745-34%3,540-176$1,351$204,058,5515Disney
3American Hustle$2,893,802-20%2,5072501$1,154$26,717,4552Sony / Columbia
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,805,736-52%3,507--$800$48,052,8761Paramount
5Saving Mr. Banks$1,916,311-10%2,1102095$908$14,014,5842Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,358,828-40%2,949-614$461$375,355,8615Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,304,825-22%2,1940$595$31,124,7422Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$1,043,743-37%3,231--$323$9,793,1251Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$261,885-28%1,116-1148$235$201,407,2967Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$645,77843%239--$2,702$4,520,8271Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$223,598-7%738-97$303$13,785,1135Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$206,506-2%148133$1,395$2,549,3453CBS Films
4The Book Thief$140,104-30%680-478$206$16,937,7187Fox
5Gravity$115,702-9%302-201$383$253,809,99012Warner Bros.
6Nebraska$107,917-3%31060$348$4,589,7206Paramount Vantage
7Homefront$88,425-26%675-1427$131$19,991,4354Open Road
812 Years a Slave$73,820-12%301-196$245$37,238,04510Fox Searchlight
9Delivery Man$72,706-36%663-1378$110$29,466,1545Disney / DreamWorks
10Dallas Buyers Club$71,776-10%330-244$218$15,308,0818Focus
11The Best Man Holiday$61,425-13%351-571$175$69,926,0606Universal
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$56,116-40%313138$179$115,890,57613Sony / Columbia
13Out of the Furnace$55,179-25%728-1373$76$11,057,1343Relativity Media
14Last Vegas$40,104-18%333-393$120$62,333,7118CBS Films
15Captain Phillips$32,169-3%172-151$187$104,353,03111Sony / Columbia
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$20,189-51%278-178$73$100,911,0749Paramount
17Ender's Game$18,708-38%187-144$100$60,773,5478Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$17,730-44%197-26$90$367,553,41025Universal
19Free Birds$14,428-32%184-99$78$54,125,9998Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$7,227-39%138-29$52$24,853,06510Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$47,088-7%6--$7,848$462,4721Warner Bros.
2Black Nativity$7,6230%63-197$121$6,982,3724Fox Searchlight
3All Is Lost$7,512-19%83-180$91$5,857,37110Roadside Attractions
4About Time$6,305-32%97-46$65$15,310,0738Universal
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,09212%40$1,523$304,5374Weinstein Company
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,477-30%85-38$53$68,430,86620Fox
7Enough Said$3,343-16%42-30$80$17,416,44414Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,530-29%43-18$59$116,135,38519Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$1,161-59%32-60$36$24,460,50513Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$767-25%29-27$26$36,903,75715Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$338-57%21-130$16$2,182,4094FilmDistrict