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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, Jan. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$8,037,47519%3,318-17$2,422$291,905,7337Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$6,671,10831%3,730-198$1,789$225,152,9464Warner Bros. / New Line
3Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,494,106-26%2,867--$2,265$15,216,2501Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$5,562,51629%2,55720$2,175$59,761,4782Paramount
5American Hustle$5,514,13332%2,51811$2,190$85,196,9974Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$4,464,88115%3,407-100$1,311$106,426,6053Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$3,848,20530%2,1100$1,824$57,064,4734Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,443,67722%2,92213$1,179$43,732,1772Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,046,35125%2,143-172$1,422$405,577,5527Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$2,320,15929%2,85618$812$23,633,0262Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$2,098,21029%2,6901$780$31,356,1252Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$1,534,25723%2,560-683$599$30,380,6203Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,351,25231%1,474-314$917$49,697,7084Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$485,42444%1,01035$481$6,829,2036Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$230,16312%1,0370$222$5,824,7922Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$682,04570%607-120$1,124$19,226,8547Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$494,84961%156-5$3,172$6,615,0265CBS Films
3Nebraska$289,06165%240-10$1,204$6,848,9828Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$234,89932%329-152$714$18,975,3739Fox
5Gravity$207,39636%165-10$1,257$255,504,22414Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$205,56624%291-28$706$203,343,9389Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$180,27313%278-25$648$117,513,56715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$147,90052%151-3$979$38,388,81112Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$147,30157%138-82$1,067$7,777,3743Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$135,16646%1284$1,056$16,225,22310Focus
11Ender's Game$94,24622%242-7$389$61,607,68810Lionsgate / Summit
12Last Vegas$87,77733%25736$342$63,067,08010CBS Films
13Free Birds$84,65712%25310$335$54,844,46610Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$74,12827%220-37$337$101,582,92611Paramount
15Captain Phillips$54,01743%105-6$514$104,805,57313Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$50,68544%13010$390$70,472,5358Universal
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$46,05440%13399$346$116,271,15921Weinstein Company
18Delivery Man$44,69531%1459$308$29,847,6797Disney / DreamWorks
19Despicable Me 2$42,28027%151-14$280$367,935,59527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$312,81652%470$6,656$2,783,7393Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$57,29941%50$11,460$439,6812Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$34,80950%20$17,405$299,8882Universal
4All Is Lost$22,10255%714$311$6,036,95412Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$21,89637%84-23$261$25,051,35312Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$10,30680%23-4$448$17,492,43716Fox Searchlight
7Out of the Furnace$9,92741%59-43$168$11,181,3995Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,67319%39-14$222$68,513,51222Fox
9Black Nativity$1,99264%15-9$133$7,011,7896Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$1,28918%19-10$68$36,917,13517Relativity Media
11Don Jon$1,1989%21-10$57$24,474,28615Relativity Media