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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 Thu, Jan. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$2,831,8751%2,8752846$985$50,810,1213Universal
2American Hustle$1,254,10024%2,629111$477$105,831,1915Sony / Columbia
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,034,2753%2,521-36$410$82,776,5983Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$823,10310%3,239-79$254$320,631,3618Disney
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$597,2060%3,075-655$194$244,819,8455Warner Bros. / New Line
6Saving Mr. Banks$566,0333%2,671561$212$71,244,2975Disney
7Her (2013)$553,0859%1,7291682$320$10,999,4274Warner Bros.
8The Legend Of Hercules$418,246-13%2,104--$199$10,975,6511Lionsgate / Summit
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$368,642-7%3,012-395$122$119,931,3494Paramount
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$289,827-15%2,88316$101$29,933,1082Paramount
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$285,555-2%1,762-381$162$414,999,7928Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$268,607-7%2,584-338$104$53,795,8183Fox
1347 Ronin$142,695-13%1,359-1331$105$37,150,8753Universal
14Grudge Match$93,305-20%2,005-851$47$28,904,1043Warner Bros.
15Walking With Dinosaurs$60,5151%1,339-1221$45$33,976,6464Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$42,028-9%1,040-434$40$52,051,7185Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$736,5105%905900$814$10,589,2703Weinstein Company
2Philomena$238,15219%6070$392$22,762,4848Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$176,8961%729573$243$10,038,2616CBS Films
4Nebraska$168,32030%521281$323$8,774,7179Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$63,15543%903798$70$105,117,66214Sony / Columbia
6Dallas Buyers Club$60,54643%125-3$484$16,872,01311Focus
7Gravity$58,12852%155-10$375$256,410,66915Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$56,64525%114-37$497$39,104,29813Fox Searchlight
9The Book Thief$50,4699%303-26$167$19,930,40010Fox
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$35,64011%363-647$98$7,896,3867Weinstein Company
11Thor: The Dark World$27,1025%257-34$105$204,041,76210Disney
12Last Vegas$22,0396%240-17$92$63,478,37511CBS Films
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$16,6064%264-14$63$118,134,54216Sony / Columbia
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,7595%192-28$61$101,877,20912Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,04618%1363$74$116,464,75122Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$8,1965%232-21$35$55,155,82011Relativity Media
17Despicable Me 2$4,1201%137-14$30$368,065,38528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$5,345-6%69-2$77$6,136,13713Roadside Attractions
2Escape Plan$3,7374%77-7$49$25,135,96513Lionsgate / Summit
3Out of the Furnace$1,939-3%37-22$52$11,222,4566Relativity Media
4Justin Bieber's Believe$1,003-78%75-962$13$6,206,5663Open Road
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$77525%33-6$23$68,540,61923Fox
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$501318%1--$501$4,0571Anchor Bay Films