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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. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$16,683,69516%2,663--$6,265$31,090,5251Universal
2Lone Survivor$10,312,05055%2,989114$3,450$67,787,6414Universal
3The Nut Job$8,752,00082%3,427--$2,554$13,559,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,852,03828%3,387--$2,023$12,202,2291Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$5,282,199110%2,979-260$1,773$328,428,8369Disney
6American Hustle$4,615,70363%2,204-425$2,094$113,287,1996Sony / Columbia
7The Wolf of Wall Street$3,236,56359%1,930-591$1,677$88,050,9554Paramount
8August: Osage County$3,234,37755%2,0511146$1,577$15,916,2814Weinstein Company
9Devil's Due$3,007,853-13%2,544--$1,182$6,477,3471Fox
10Saving Mr. Banks$1,788,51063%2,449-222$730$74,131,3176Disney
11Her (2013)$1,765,51552%1,7290$1,021$13,923,0665Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,751,11196%1,815-1260$965$247,465,1766Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,476,85263%2,1040$702$13,357,4342Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,144,41981%1,328-434$862$416,775,2769Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$974,28749%1,731-1281$563$121,561,5785Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$600,66362%1,037-1547$579$54,768,3444Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$571,01529%1,569-1314$364$30,947,9043Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$910,71696%944789$965$257,786,78816Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$710,15380%761647$933$40,208,81214Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$560,93061%505-102$1,111$23,672,1669Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$484,63477%585-144$828$10,797,1237CBS Films
5Dallas Buyers Club$421,62877%419294$1,006$17,531,39312Focus
6Nebraska$417,02571%408-113$1,022$9,436,06610Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$251,97982%903789$279$105,508,00915Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$190,36539%343-1016$555$37,476,4554Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$150,348136%454-885$331$34,190,7185Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$138,894124%256-8$543$118,335,32517Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$101,40452%190-113$534$20,098,38211Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$81,74680%391-649$209$52,178,9576Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$72,36362%408-1597$177$29,021,1094Warner Bros.
14Last Vegas$58,29265%194-46$300$63,572,09212CBS Films
15Free Birds$56,748143%199-33$285$55,235,89912Relativity Media
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$37,19360%154-38$242$101,937,61513Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$30,87213%122-241$253$7,954,5398Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,42254%119-17$247$116,513,32823Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$19,78176%62-7$319$6,167,13414Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$18,77155%9760$194$11,253,3287Relativity Media
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,19745%2--$1,099$37,89420Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$165-53%10$165$4,5742Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$76-96%1--$76$1,7771Striped Entertainment