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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. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,441,089-20%3,9280$2,149$189,501,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$8,421,885-16%3,335-205$2,525$248,117,7956Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,373,946-25%3,5070$1,532$83,179,5502Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$5,303,082-22%2,537--$2,090$34,153,1371Paramount
5American Hustle$5,186,960-27%2,5070$2,069$59,169,1643Sony / Columbia
6Saving Mr. Banks$3,691,208-27%2,1100$1,749$37,276,1503Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,471,755-27%2,909--$1,193$25,360,4681Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,931,538-21%2,315-634$1,266$390,985,3226Lionsgate
947 Ronin$2,810,005-23%2,689--$1,045$20,612,5301Universal
10Walking With Dinosaurs$2,141,169-18%3,24312$660$20,944,4782Fox
11Grudge Match$1,937,436-28%2,838--$683$13,140,2151Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,639,761-40%1,788-406$917$43,206,2703Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$537,366-21%1,037--$518$4,270,0671Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$539,365-40%975971$553$4,550,2135Weinstein Company
2Philomena$522,952-24%727-11$719$16,444,9836Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$380,990-21%16113$2,366$4,619,6734CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$329,880-17%220-19$1,499$6,817,7732Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$207,354-32%250-60$829$5,711,5367Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$178,443-28%319-797$559$202,363,6108Disney
7The Book Thief$173,431-27%481-199$361$17,884,5868Fox
8Gravity$149,322-25%175-127$853$254,593,55413Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$146,052-24%303-10$482$116,601,84714Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$109,714-25%154-147$712$37,798,96311Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$85,608-23%124-206$690$15,730,4889Focus
12Ender's Game$71,616-33%24962$288$61,170,5079Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$70,772-29%221-112$320$62,693,0019CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$69,044-23%257-21$269$101,263,07110Paramount
15Free Birds$66,863-23%24359$275$54,434,9069Relativity Media
16The Best Man Holiday$48,600-45%120-231$405$70,249,9507Universal
17Captain Phillips$40,051-28%111-61$361$104,568,72312Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$35,475-28%165-32$215$367,736,34526Universal
19Delivery Man$35,087-21%136-527$258$29,647,3986Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$21,192-21%107-31$198$24,956,83811Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,257-31%102-626$110$11,121,7884Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$211,423-13%4741$4,498$1,541,9942Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$55,982-15%5--$11,196$179,3021Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$30,285-10%2--$15,143$153,8391Universal
4All Is Lost$19,328-18%67-16$288$5,947,56111Roadside Attractions
5Homefront$18,763-29%75-600$250$20,097,9285Open Road
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,333-29%53-32$138$68,470,83021Fox
7Enough Said$6,878-31%27-15$255$17,454,74615Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,997-38%34-9$176$116,170,29720Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$2,781-45%24-39$116$7,000,8565Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$2,00754%290$69$36,910,65616Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$1,291-35%210$61$2,189,1825FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$1,191-27%31-1$38$24,468,31414Relativity Media