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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, Feb. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$6,461,75061%2,867108$2,254$91,135,5353Universal
2Frozen (2013)$4,569,105104%2,754-3$1,659$357,516,39211Disney
3The Nut Job$3,900,097121%3,4720$1,123$48,296,2243Open Road
4Lone Survivor$3,891,47568%3,285123$1,185$103,902,5366Universal
5That Awkward Moment$3,757,088-5%2,809--$1,338$7,709,4461Focus
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,810,46658%2,907-480$967$38,162,1973Paramount
7Labor Day (2013)$2,398,13725%2,584--$928$4,319,2071Paramount
8American Hustle$2,279,85571%2,216-88$1,029$132,931,1368Sony / Columbia
9I, Frankenstein$1,859,10468%2,7530$675$13,936,8072Lionsgate
10The Wolf of Wall Street$1,828,21068%1,607-197$1,138$103,446,3696Paramount
11August: Osage County$1,457,10158%2,319-92$628$31,006,9416Weinstein Company
12Gravity$1,091,42786%1,132-128$964$263,645,35118Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$734,73170%1,172-59$627$45,574,29416Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$718,17067%1,052-58$683$22,326,71814Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$544,89454%1,075-585$507$80,871,6188Disney
16Devil's Due$516,56347%1,290-1254$400$14,623,8783Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$657,11495%933-352$704$254,024,5738Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$598,59358%803-522$745$21,023,8787Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$583,72969%875-93$667$13,446,98812Paramount Vantage
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$510,40484%822-229$621$421,256,40711Lionsgate
5Philomena$465,38661%56762$821$27,170,33511Weinstein Company
6The Legend Of Hercules$275,10180%598-773$460$17,857,3054Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$183,71855%410-130$448$56,841,0606Fox
8Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$169,59856%420-404$404$124,370,1027Paramount
9Inside Llewyn Davis$157,70084%214-75$737$12,425,5819CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$154,69060%347-38$446$1,136,2902Roadside Attractions
11Walking With Dinosaurs$120,037127%323-7$372$34,920,1037Fox
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$97,134115%220-22$442$119,078,58719Sony / Columbia
13Captain Phillips$88,22639%245-57$360$106,521,39617Sony / Columbia
14The Book Thief$71,23342%178-19$400$20,737,26813Fox
1547 Ronin$67,86056%174-65$390$38,271,2056Universal
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$52,23596%16331$320$52,417,1468Lionsgate
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$39,52245%150-377$263$32,273,2865Paramount
18Free Birds$31,922127%135-36$236$55,506,08214Relativity Media
19Grudge Match$31,71355%241-3$132$29,328,9336Warner Bros.
20Last Vegas$21,90143%104-55$211$63,828,25914CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$80,64185%2926$2,781$202,7072Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$17,23223%77-25$224$8,135,15010Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$16,54740%20--$827$28,3271Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$6,03343%52-49$116$116,622,57225Weinstein Company
5All Is Lost$5,22948%25-5$209$6,240,97116Roadside Attractions
6Out of the Furnace$4,14658%36-38$115$11,325,6889Relativity Media
7Knights of Badassdom$3,67889%11-2$334$67,9292eOne Films US
8Love Is in the Air$2,19125%6--$365$3,9451Focus World