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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 Wed, Feb. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,673,346-25%3,7750$708$149,006,9402Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,253,309-29%3,3720$372$33,015,1031Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,049,556-20%3,0830$340$48,941,6692Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$891,511-24%2,253--$396$29,895,3201Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$454,973-17%2,101-359$217$379,250,58613Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$434,425-25%2,896--$150$15,421,2301Universal
7Ride Along$402,720-17%2,517-168$160$118,090,4955Universal
8Winter's Tale$331,446-25%2,965--$112$8,782,7131Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,560-11%2,013-467$120$119,489,5718Universal
10That Awkward Moment$211,737-25%1,922-887$110$22,454,4523Focus
11Philomena$194,563-8%1,225721$159$31,334,39513Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$180,277-6%1,918-1086$94$58,649,3205Open Road
13American Hustle$172,048-7%1,072-416$160$142,203,59710Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$142,550-18%1,278-861$112$48,340,6935Paramount
15Vampire Academy$122,479-18%2,6760$46$7,229,3312Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$92,147-5%1,010-317$91$36,127,6088Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$83,230-22%1,664-920$50$12,794,7203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$158,006-7%751-416$210$111,363,5338Paramount
2Gravity$83,399-7%355-346$235$268,345,78220Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,276-13%386-180$164$48,491,21118Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$57,445-6%324-201$177$16,029,37214Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$49,081-4%255-202$192$23,519,3279Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,465-20%285-252$121$256,309,31810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$33,901-7%326-203$104$423,273,34013Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$33,874-7%223-265$152$24,414,66716Focus
9I, Frankenstein$31,699-26%468-959$68$18,483,6244Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,262-6%261-85$62$125,151,7529Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,842-14%201-41$79$57,531,8098Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$10,789-26%248-3$44$35,483,6399Fox
13Devil's Due$8,648-5%123-176$70$15,647,7505Fox
14Grudge Match$7,692-15%291-50$26$29,690,3388Warner Bros.
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,651-20%181-16$42$119,452,30721Sony / Columbia
16Captain Phillips$6,423-14%135-47$48$106,885,62219Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$35,1303%9833$358$1,080,3464Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,98616%86-43$151$12,986,14411CBS Films
3The Book Thief$8,751-16%94-41$93$21,118,63915Fox
4Hasee Toh Phasee$6,901-30%77-11$90$592,6772Reliance Entertainment
5The Legend Of Hercules$4,865-18%90-158$54$18,541,1536Lionsgate / Summit
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,67114%34-12$108$8,228,75812Weinstein Company
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,13013%62-41$50$32,459,2557Paramount
8Free Birds$2,280-6%75-34$30$55,622,92416Relativity Media
9Last Vegas$1,283122%41-19$31$63,912,44416CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$924-47%15-61$62$1,357,0804Roadside Attractions
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78923%10$789$17,4032Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$29922%9-3$33$6,260,16618Roadside Attractions
13At Middleton$188-9%1-6$188$53,5333Anchor Bay / Freestyle
14The Pretty One$114-50%10$114$4,9832Dada Films
15Knights of Badassdom$18-99%2-7$9$105,2804eOne Films US