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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 Mon, Mar. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$3,105,382-72%3,567--$871$46,825,8541Paramount
2Divergent$1,663,074-72%3,9360$423$96,042,6602Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$730,208-74%1,178398$620$22,480,8922Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$672,614-80%3,1940$211$33,789,4312Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$605,547-76%3,299-308$184$95,084,9954Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$437,536-68%2,486--$176$5,709,9801Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$394,139-65%2,601-484$152$101,448,8434Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$339,302-69%2,705-410$125$37,983,5393Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,800-68%2,515-430$120$85,392,8605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$249,284-71%2,001-500$125$248,466,0648Warner Bros.
11Son of God$94,108-74%1,277-862$74$57,949,0515Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,442-68%1,139-757$73$15,083,3773Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$696,162-69%977673$713$24,867,7724Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$301,283-65%664--$454$3,162,8111Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$207,979-68%842755$247$3,686,8553Focus
4The Monuments Men$37,725-61%501-437$75$76,625,9738Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,045-66%387-682$91$398,426,65619Disney
6The Nut Job$27,211-68%294-41$93$63,133,46611Open Road
7Ride Along$25,200-63%360-290$70$133,684,46511Universal
83 Days to Kill$18,423-62%340-412$54$30,252,4016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$15,713-60%210-137$75$3,198,2893Warner Bros.
10Gravity$13,049-58%135-67$97$273,325,68826Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$12,068-64%228-294$53$56,390,47824Fox Searchlight
12Philomena$11,255-60%202-95$56$37,336,37919Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$10,899-53%188-93$58$150,028,32016Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,147-62%185-39$55$258,216,40016Warner Bros. / New Line
15Lone Survivor$9,970-55%165-46$60$124,974,44614Universal
16The Wolf of Wall Street$7,557-62%134-81$56$116,874,28414Paramount
17Her (2013)$6,361-54%11037$58$25,466,04815Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,224-62%107-21$58$50,555,33111Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,175-69%158-53$33$424,650,75219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$4,564-64%99-79$46$27,196,23022Focus
2That Awkward Moment$3,903-53%68-25$57$26,052,9859Focus
3Ernest & Celestine$2,898-74%125$242$131,7675GKIDS
4August: Osage County$2,890-68%81-60$36$37,674,98814Weinstein Company
5Gloria (2014)$2,726-54%36-14$76$2,028,11210Roadside Attractions
6Stalingrad (2014)$2,037-50%6653$31$1,006,1795Sony / Columbia
7Walking With Dinosaurs$1,687-73%42-17$40$36,053,50415Fox
8Winter's Tale$1,573-52%85-59$19$12,593,2337Warner Bros.
9Vampire Academy$567-62%24-11$24$7,786,5238Weinstein Company
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$427187%10$427$26,4318Rialto Pictures
11Blood Ties$230-70%5-23$46$41,4592Roadside Attractions