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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 Fri, Jan. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$8,722,144--2,867--$3,042$8,722,1441Paramount
2Frozen (2013)$6,752,05427%3,318-17$2,035$283,868,2587Disney
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,097,41626%3,730-198$1,367$218,481,8384Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$4,303,84855%2,55720$1,683$54,198,9622Paramount
5American Hustle$4,163,94863%2,51811$1,654$79,682,8644Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$3,882,21148%3,407-100$1,139$101,961,7243Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$2,952,87948%2,1100$1,399$53,216,2684Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$2,819,26346%2,92213$965$40,288,5002Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,442,81145%2,143-172$1,140$402,531,2017Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$1,802,81074%2,85618$631$21,312,8672Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$1,627,45035%2,6901$605$29,257,9152Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$1,242,7701%2,560-683$485$28,846,3633Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,031,49061%1,474-314$700$48,346,4564Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$337,96151%1,01035$335$6,343,7796Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$205,213-4%1,0370$198$5,594,6292Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$401,45843%607-120$661$18,544,8097Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$307,82758%156-5$1,973$6,120,1775CBS Films
3The Book Thief$177,86635%329-152$541$18,740,4749Fox
4Nebraska$174,87364%240-10$729$6,559,9218Paramount Vantage
5Thor: The Dark World$165,67543%291-28$569$203,138,3729Disney
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$159,58522%278-25$574$117,333,29415Sony / Columbia
7Gravity$152,40249%165-10$924$255,296,82814Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$97,56943%151-3$646$38,240,91112Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$93,93533%138-82$681$7,630,0733Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$92,86969%1284$726$16,090,05710Focus
11Ender's Game$77,13038%242-7$319$61,513,44210Lionsgate / Summit
12Free Birds$75,44531%25310$298$54,759,80910Relativity Media
13Last Vegas$65,95035%25736$257$62,979,30310CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$58,15834%220-37$264$101,508,79811Paramount
15Captain Phillips$37,85437%105-6$361$104,751,55613Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$35,10063%13010$270$70,421,8508Universal
17Delivery Man$34,23342%1459$236$29,802,9847Disney / DreamWorks
18Despicable Me 2$33,22034%151-14$220$367,893,31527Universal
19Lee Daniels' The Butler$32,794648%13399$247$116,225,10521Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$205,94749%470$4,382$2,470,9233Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$40,61355%50$8,123$382,3822Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$23,25128%20$11,626$265,0792Universal
4Escape Plan$15,99529%84-23$190$25,029,45712Lionsgate / Summit
5All Is Lost$14,27445%714$201$6,014,85212Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,31022%39-14$187$68,504,83922Fox
7Out of the Furnace$7,023-21%59-43$119$11,171,4725Relativity Media
8Enough Said$5,72655%23-4$249$17,482,13116Fox Searchlight
9Black Nativity$1,211-9%15-9$81$7,009,7976Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$1,09929%21-10$52$24,473,08815Relativity Media
11The Family (2013)$1,08992%19-10$57$36,915,84617Relativity Media