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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. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$3,623,02510%2,8752873$1,260$45,160,7463Universal
2American Hustle$1,306,96532%2,629111$497$103,565,1295Sony / Columbia
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,293,86527%2,521-36$513$80,741,9683Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$976,35928%3,239-79$301$319,056,9058Disney
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$783,23627%3,075-655$255$243,628,1845Warner Bros. / New Line
6Saving Mr. Banks$689,86436%2,671561$258$70,126,1575Disney
7Her (2013)$632,10321%1,7291682$366$9,939,2834Warner Bros.
8The Legend Of Hercules$606,0821%2,104--$288$10,075,2921Lionsgate / Summit
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$497,84420%3,012-395$165$119,168,2214Paramount
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$447,19312%2,88316$155$29,302,7162Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$365,31430%2,584-338$141$53,239,5863Fox
12The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$353,65420%1,762-381$201$414,423,4528Lionsgate
1347 Ronin$231,03036%1,359-1331$170$36,845,1003Universal
14Grudge Match$152,46316%2,005-851$76$28,694,3763Warner Bros.
15Walking With Dinosaurs$78,35025%1,339-1221$59$33,856,0404Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$57,80614%1,040-434$56$51,963,4525Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$824,45532%905900$911$9,152,6503Weinstein Company
2Philomena$217,47931%6070$358$22,324,5438Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$203,74523%729573$279$9,685,7356CBS Films
4Nebraska$145,77425%521281$280$8,477,3679Paramount Vantage
5The Book Thief$52,09034%303-26$172$19,833,66110Fox
612 Years a Slave$52,03614%114-37$456$39,002,29513Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$50,52938%125-3$404$16,769,16911Focus
8Gravity$46,0396%155-10$297$256,314,18515Warner Bros.
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$38,32227%363-647$106$7,828,7537Weinstein Company
10Thor: The Dark World$29,71021%257-34$116$203,988,73510Disney
11Last Vegas$25,62347%240-17$107$63,435,52011CBS Films
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$17,40411%264-14$66$118,102,02516Sony / Columbia
13Captain Phillips$13,38843%114--$117$105,010,29514Sony / Columbia
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$12,2704%192-28$64$101,854,25812Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,41321%1363$77$116,446,18522Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$9,0759%232-21$39$55,139,83711Relativity Media
17Despicable Me 2$4,11020%137-14$30$368,057,17028Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Justin Bieber's Believe$7,85127%75-962$105$6,201,0883Open Road
2Escape Plan$3,94116%77-7$51$25,128,64413Lionsgate / Summit
3All Is Lost$3,809-71%69-2$55$6,125,09413Roadside Attractions
4Out of the Furnace$1,94613%37-22$53$11,218,5086Relativity Media
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8468%33-6$26$68,539,22323Fox
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$84-33%1--$84$3,4361Anchor Bay Films