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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 Sat, Dec. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,585,5226%3,9280$2,695$181,060,1893Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$10,006,528-2%3,335-205$3,000$239,695,9106Disney
3American Hustle$7,151,20212%2,5070$2,852$53,982,2043Sony / Columbia
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,145,1350%3,5070$2,037$77,805,6042Paramount
5The Wolf of Wall Street$6,801,5669%2,537--$2,681$28,850,0551Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$5,041,6367%2,1100$2,389$33,584,9423Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,758,4525%2,909--$1,636$21,888,7131Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,696,9088%2,315-634$1,597$388,053,7846Lionsgate
947 Ronin$3,630,1505%2,689--$1,350$17,802,5251Universal
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,721,5528%1,788-406$1,522$41,566,5093Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$2,692,04813%2,838--$949$11,202,7791Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$2,610,2113%3,24312$805$18,803,3092Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$680,179-14%1,037--$656$3,732,7011Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$901,12413%975971$924$4,010,8485Weinstein Company
2Philomena$685,89123%727-11$943$15,922,0316Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$483,72026%16113$3,004$4,238,6834CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$399,85418%220-19$1,818$6,487,8932Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$303,25634%250-60$1,213$5,504,1827Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$248,43419%319-797$779$202,185,1678Disney
7The Book Thief$236,44416%481-199$492$17,711,1558Fox
8Gravity$197,99023%175-127$1,131$254,444,23213Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$192,67013%303-10$636$116,455,79514Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$145,70524%154-147$946$37,689,24911Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$110,90635%124-206$894$15,644,8809Focus
12Ender's Game$106,95616%24962$430$61,098,8919Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$99,05019%221-112$448$62,622,2299CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$90,17521%257-21$351$101,194,02710Paramount
15The Best Man Holiday$88,88512%120-231$741$70,201,3507Universal
16Free Birds$86,51718%24359$356$54,368,0439Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$55,99525%111-61$504$104,528,67212Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$49,48513%165-32$300$367,700,87026Universal
19Delivery Man$44,45610%136-527$327$29,612,3116Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$26,76129%107-31$250$24,935,64611Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$16,42823%102-626$161$11,110,5314Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$244,20126%4741$5,196$1,330,5712Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$66,06615%5--$13,213$123,3201Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$33,76626%2--$16,883$123,5541Universal
4Homefront$26,42737%75-600$352$20,079,1655Open Road
5All Is Lost$23,4978%67-16$351$5,928,23311Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$10,39424%53-32$196$68,463,49721Fox
7Enough Said$9,92437%27-15$368$17,447,86815Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,69727%34-9$285$116,164,30020Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$5,03822%24-39$210$6,998,0755Fox Searchlight
10Oldboy (2013)$1,98921%210$95$2,187,8915FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$1,63532%31-1$53$24,467,12314Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$1,30515%290$45$36,908,64916Relativity Media