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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 Fri, Mar. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$22,784,019--3,936--$5,789$22,784,0191Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$4,662,265--3,194--$1,460$4,662,2651Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,720,472140%3,607-344$754$72,022,8563Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$2,401,78579%3,085-405$779$87,489,9043Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$2,245,867136%3,1150$721$24,869,7502Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$1,855,350153%2,945-238$630$74,130,0804Universal
7The LEGO Movie$976,506102%2,501-539$390$240,213,1807Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$935,762157%1,8960$494$10,745,7862Lionsgate
9Son of God$662,42854%2,139-851$310$53,612,0764Fox
10Frozen (2013)$166,29046%1,069-397$156$397,175,55118Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$2,802,085--780--$3,592$2,802,0851Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,890,100445%304238$6,217$8,100,6193Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$260,44145%938-656$278$74,994,1677Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$181,955137%650-374$280$132,674,95510Universal
53 Days to Kill$168,95827%752-814$225$29,314,6005Relativity Media
6Veronica Mars$137,47965%34756$396$2,502,2232Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$120,90020%522-403$232$55,711,48523Fox Searchlight
8The Nut Job$75,17792%335-70$224$62,339,57010Open Road
9American Hustle$65,49244%281-222$233$149,639,89815Sony / Columbia
10RoboCop (2014)$63,477-4%328-637$194$56,917,6656Sony / Columbia
11About Last Night$62,99626%214-410$294$48,129,1666Sony / Screen Gems
12Philomena$56,59110%297-205$191$36,938,29618Weinstein Company
13Gravity$56,55527%202-118$280$272,920,83825Warner Bros.
14The Wolf of Wall Street$52,31469%215-71$243$116,549,02013Paramount
15Lone Survivor$39,03576%211-105$185$124,707,96613Universal
16Pompeii$37,454-35%201-470$186$22,725,6875Sony / TriStar
17Dallas Buyers Club$37,34122%178-103$210$26,954,68521Focus
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$35,65645%224-53$159$257,939,36515Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$32,25079%211-57$153$424,449,83018Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$26,02684%128-24$203$50,367,13910Paramount
21August: Osage County$16,0556%141-62$114$37,554,93813Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$11,628483%14494$81$12,529,9076Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$141,136888%8781$1,622$296,9092Focus
2That Awkward Moment$23,910102%93-29$257$25,926,9118Focus
3Her (2013)$18,01120%73-48$247$25,325,38114Warner Bros.
4Gloria (2014)$9,155-7%50-25$183$1,951,5709Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,66678%63-25$138$58,143,87313Fox
6Blood Ties$8,580--28--$306$8,5801Roadside Attractions
7Repentance$7,621-2%43-83$177$1,162,0194Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
8Walking With Dinosaurs$4,70519%59-39$80$36,003,23214Fox
9Vampire Academy$3,222797%3523$92$7,763,6177Weinstein Company
10Ernest & Celestine$2,067-8%7-2$295$84,9584GKIDS
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,909-56%13-57$147$982,4924Sony / Columbia
12The Art of the Steal (2014)$1,152-66%15-45$77$58,6682RADiUS-TWC
13Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,111-8%18-5$62$8,312,90217Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$224187%1--$224$22,6327Rialto Pictures