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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, Apr. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$34,666,864-6%3,938--$8,803$71,593,0561Disney
2Noah$7,237,55148%3,5714$2,027$67,456,8822Paramount
3Divergent$5,742,39538%3,631-305$1,581$110,939,4043Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$2,999,67035%1,758580$1,706$30,015,6653Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$2,855,72288%3,052-142$936$40,234,1883Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,679,81946%1,263286$2,122$31,601,7185Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,354,34881%2,931-368$803$100,554,7455Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$822,29343%2,4860$331$8,254,0442Open Road
9Need For Speed$821,60352%1,779-926$462$40,367,2594Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$818,90048%1,724-791$475$87,681,7406Universal
11Bad Words$707,04440%1,074232$658$5,540,7804Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$631,38647%1,555-1046$406$103,619,8345Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$629,79575%1,350-651$467$250,196,1899Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$370,72639%6640$558$4,272,6382Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$194,56373%321-66$606$398,846,04920Disney
3Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$153,82171%425-714$362$15,579,0284Lionsgate
4Frankie & Alice$145,96126%171--$854$261,5851Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5The Nut Job$127,07392%285-9$446$63,426,01912Open Road
6Son of God$119,64957%481-796$249$58,435,3036Fox
7Gravity$101,45641%255120$398$273,536,67427Warner Bros.
8The Monuments Men$99,28749%308-193$322$76,922,3429Sony / Columbia
9Ride Along$85,07060%236-124$360$133,895,09012Universal
10Jinn$56,9745%201--$283$111,3451Freestyle Releasing
11Philomena$37,10248%197-5$188$37,446,02920Weinstein Company
123 Days to Kill$30,53846%131-209$233$30,372,6727Relativity Media
1312 Years a Slave$30,20564%128-100$236$56,483,64125Fox Searchlight
14Lone Survivor$30,05053%140-25$215$125,052,26115Universal
15Pompeii$29,81052%134-28$222$23,069,5077Sony / TriStar
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$25,65246%130-55$197$258,289,80617Warner Bros. / New Line
17American Hustle$24,40853%119-69$205$150,105,37217Sony / Columbia
18RoboCop (2014)$23,18751%118-50$197$57,356,2518Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$71,59525%37--$1,935$128,9211Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$30,59238%44--$695$52,7821CBS Films
3Veronica Mars$15,57031%74-136$210$3,276,0754Warner Bros.
4Her (2013)$14,72652%85-25$173$25,515,81816Warner Bros.
5Ernest & Celestine$13,57598%2412$566$160,7346GKIDS
6Dallas Buyers Club$13,21357%52-47$254$27,234,82323Focus
7Dom Hemingway$13,08841%4--$3,272$31,8301Fox Searchlight
8About Last Night$12,14754%44-47$276$48,466,8298Sony / Screen Gems
9August: Osage County$5,90096%42-39$140$37,696,23915Weinstein Company
10Gloria (2014)$4,96488%17-19$292$2,045,04611Roadside Attractions
11The Players$2,98780%50--$60$4,6511Weinstein Company
12Watermark$2,830-18%2--$1,415$6,2871eOne Films US
13On the Other Side of the Tracks$2,39949%50--$48$4,0121Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,1701481%31$390$27,8899Rialto Pictures
15Vampire Academy$1,07236%11-13$97$7,790,4119Weinstein Company
16Stalingrad (2014)$55429%10-56$55$1,013,3516Sony / Columbia