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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 Tue, Jan. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,955,39640%2,55720$765$66,473,8362Paramount
2Frozen (2013)$1,901,41410%3,318-17$573$300,321,7537Disney
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,568,25221%3,730-198$420$231,928,9064Warner Bros. / New Line
4American Hustle$1,494,16044%2,51811$593$90,458,3814Sony / Columbia
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,145,35624%3,407-100$336$110,780,0683Paramount
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,134,2153%2,867--$396$20,578,3671Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$1,028,89946%2,1100$488$60,690,8674Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$888,69628%2,92213$304$47,052,8522Fox
947 Ronin$685,95027%2,6901$255$33,911,6452Universal
10The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$669,24919%2,143-172$312$408,372,7757Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$524,08124%2,85618$184$25,781,7142Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$300,267-3%2,560-683$117$31,953,0153Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$155,7842%1,474-314$106$50,536,3534Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$124,01732%1,01035$123$7,279,8406Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$52,816-9%1,0370$51$6,073,8382Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$238,38466%607-120$393$19,968,3277Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$140,89535%156-5$903$7,136,3335CBS Films
3Nebraska$80,38649%240-10$335$7,137,5578Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,91627%329-152$203$19,211,6299Fox
5Thor: The Dark World$49,56913%291-28$170$203,542,5799Disney
6Gravity$47,03614%165-10$285$255,709,91014Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$41,14125%151-3$272$38,546,14012Fox Searchlight
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,226-2%278-25$134$117,689,25815Sony / Columbia
9Dallas Buyers Club$36,85148%1284$288$16,362,67610Focus
10Dhoom 3$32,926118%138-82$239$7,894,9123Yash Raj Films
11Last Vegas$27,41619%25736$107$63,162,81210CBS Films
12Ender's Game$21,3849%242-7$88$61,697,78810Lionsgate / Summit
13Free Birds$19,412-12%25310$77$54,936,11010Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$18,0528%220-37$82$101,660,14211Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,56332%13399$87$116,313,99421Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$11,11319%1459$77$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$8,4508%13010$65$70,508,9358Universal
18Despicable Me 2$7,5750%151-14$50$367,971,86527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$102,60517%470$2,183$3,177,8333Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$14,3692%50$2,874$510,1392Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$7,533-18%20$3,767$343,3702Universal
4All Is Lost$5,394-9%714$76$6,058,52712Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$5,07614%84-23$60$25,073,10312Lionsgate / Summit
6Out of the Furnace$3,0519%59-43$52$11,193,3965Relativity Media
7Enough Said$2,409-46%23-4$105$17,504,52816Fox Searchlight
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,656-1%39-14$42$68,521,53522Fox
9Don Jon$784-23%21-10$37$24,476,99115Relativity Media
10Black Nativity$38852%15-9$26$7,012,9586Fox Searchlight
11The Family (2013)$28329%19-10$15$36,918,23217Relativity Media