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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, Mar. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$1,574,426-22%3,49020$451$83,743,9352Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,232,818-22%3,95117$312$68,168,6692Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Need For Speed$1,062,433-31%3,115--$341$21,674,0671Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$811,665-24%3,18370$255$71,542,6403Universal
5The LEGO Movie$548,032-17%3,040-250$180$238,753,3546Warner Bros.
6Son of God$462,283-21%2,990-281$155$52,519,3693Fox
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$381,460-30%1,896--$201$9,446,0411Lionsgate
8The Monuments Men$207,682-14%1,594-407$130$74,554,0206Sony / Columbia
93 Days to Kill$162,729-21%1,566-782$104$29,012,4034Relativity Media
10Frozen (2013)$139,287-20%1,466-194$95$396,895,07317Disney
11Ride Along$97,280-14%1,024-299$95$132,416,2009Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$122,050-22%925-140$132$55,489,96122Fox Searchlight
2Veronica Mars$87,794-18%291--$302$2,281,5921Warner Bros.
3RoboCop (2014)$79,673-19%965-749$83$56,787,7325Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$64,694-25%671-987$96$22,630,2644Sony / TriStar
5About Last Night$62,729-13%624-450$101$48,016,1885Sony / Screen Gems
6American Hustle$56,839-12%503-102$113$149,528,92114Sony / Columbia
7Philomena$54,859-20%502-168$109$36,830,28017Weinstein Company
8The Wind Rises$51,441-8%305-191$169$4,433,8384Disney
9Gravity$44,934-17%320-64$140$272,819,78524Warner Bros.
10The Nut Job$43,115-16%405-85$106$62,225,1599Open Road
11The Wolf of Wall Street$39,104-13%286-73$137$116,465,73412Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$35,610-19%281-31$127$26,886,79120Focus
13Lone Survivor$23,700-12%316-156$75$124,646,81112Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$23,585-15%277-56$85$257,879,18114Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$19,703-11%268135$74$424,399,59717Lionsgate
16Her (2013)$17,832-11%121-34$147$25,292,37813Warner Bros.
17August: Osage County$17,132-1%2037$84$37,523,77212Weinstein Company
18That Awkward Moment$15,065-27%122-66$123$25,891,1937Focus
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$14,615-13%15245$96$50,327,0029Paramount
20Endless Love (2014)$11,120-20%278-258$40$23,428,5205Universal
21Nebraska$8,953-13%120-60$75$17,645,50418Paramount Vantage
22Repentance$8,875-15%126-31$70$1,146,6333Lionsgate / Codeblack Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$368,8820%6662$5,589$5,863,7092Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$10,0475%6--$1,675$141,4831Focus
3Gloria (2014)$8,785-18%75-1$117$1,932,6188Roadside Attractions
4Stalingrad (2014)$5,196-17%70-73$74$976,2283Sony / Columbia
5The Art of the Steal (2014)$5,1702%60--$86$54,1531RADiUS-TWC
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,694-24%88-45$53$58,130,33412Fox
7Walking With Dinosaurs$4,258-13%98-66$43$35,994,57013Fox
8I, Frankenstein$3,958-11%76-16$52$19,070,9948Lionsgate
9The Book Thief$3,2281%47-2$69$21,411,77619Fox
10Winter's Tale$3,152-9%50-32$63$12,516,2845Warner Bros.
11Ernest & Celestine$2,7286%93$303$80,6553GKIDS
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,441-7%50-254$49$127,350,89113Paramount
13Labor Day (2013)$1,725-32%42-42$41$13,368,8497Paramount
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,122-27%23-19$49$8,310,58716Weinstein Company
15Free Birds$592-29%32-42$19$55,749,84820Relativity Media
16Vampire Academy$298-6%12-20$25$7,760,0366Weinstein Company