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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 Thu, Dec. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,523,77113%3,92825$2,679$160,469,5462Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$9,108,70343%3,335-280$2,731$219,521,4765Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,363,835-9%3,50757$2,100$63,517,0181Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$6,641,180-27%2,537--$2,618$15,791,5590Paramount
5American Hustle$6,368,347-14%2,5072501$2,540$40,450,3532Sony / Columbia
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,781,588-39%2,909--$1,644$12,594,9600Fox
7Saving Mr. Banks$4,676,863-9%2,1102095$2,217$23,822,6172Disney
847 Ronin$3,670,485-48%2,689--$1,365$10,702,2200Universal
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,039,83220%2,305-1258$1,319$380,923,8435Lionsgate
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,229,608-25%1,803-391$1,237$36,319,0762Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$2,160,738-45%2,838--$761$6,118,2220Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$2,142,24124%3,231--$663$13,668,3061Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$1,012,500-19%1,037--$976$2,262,5000Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$752,800-40%975971$772$2,309,4684Weinstein Company
2Philomena$475,24014%727-108$654$14,677,4235Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$369,940-18%160145$2,312$3,370,7153CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$363,431-58%239--$1,521$5,749,6321Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$191,484-1%2500$766$4,973,8056Paramount Vantage
6The Book Thief$176,63913%463-524$382$17,270,4927Fox
7Thor: The Dark World$168,91512%319-1604$530$201,727,5377Disney
8Gravity$139,0012%175-328$794$254,085,40412Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$130,50783%303128$431$116,092,31313Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$102,87321%147-267$700$37,425,98410Fox Searchlight
11Ender's Game$75,43648%236-95$320$60,900,0268Lionsgate / Summit
12Dallas Buyers Club$74,2677%137-341$542$15,451,7968Focus
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$60,8857%257-199$237$101,029,1119Paramount
14Last Vegas$58,70924%221-505$266$62,439,7618CBS Films
15The Best Man Holiday$53,9601%195-475$277$70,033,2706Universal
16Free Birds$51,47569%243-40$212$54,208,0228Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$40,82520%111-212$368$104,427,92411Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$34,12570%175-37$195$367,607,66025Universal
19Delivery Man$30,526-1%136-1366$224$29,527,5955Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$17,208-3%110-57$156$24,888,08110Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,9993%102-1999$118$11,080,7513Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$166,988-36%4741$3,553$892,3211Warner Bros.
2Lone Survivor$26,125-29%2--$13,063$62,9670Universal
3Homefront$16,487-35%75-1175$220$20,033,4484Open Road
4All Is Lost$14,96741%83-180$180$5,882,95010Roadside Attractions
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,18444%85-38$96$68,444,72720Fox
6About Time$8,10371%73-47$111$15,322,9218Universal
7Enough Said$8,06630%42-30$192$17,430,70714Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,05556%34-27$208$116,146,95519Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$3,58438%63-83$57$6,988,9124Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$1,8811%31-61$61$24,464,25413Relativity Media
11The Family (2013)$1,199-5%29-27$41$36,906,21215Relativity Media
12Oldboy (2013)$890-7%21-130$42$2,184,2614FilmDistrict