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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, May. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$5,168,281-78%4,324--$1,195$96,776,6181Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,040,816-70%3,23833$321$48,593,5522Fox
3Heaven is for Real$600,279-77%2,930225$205$66,104,1973Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$511,100-76%3,179-441$161$237,666,5805Disney
5Rio 2$338,056-86%3,314-389$102$106,920,2844Fox
6Brick Mansions$294,614-72%2,6470$111$15,923,6022Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$153,899-71%1,330-270$116$55,715,2077Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$145,690-74%1,639-427$89$142,814,6997Lionsgate / Summit
9The Quiet Ones$131,171-70%2,0270$65$6,886,8732Lionsgate
10Bears$118,224-79%1,79070$66$14,484,4403Disneynature
11Transcendence$116,131-65%1,775-1680$65$21,482,3613Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$107,093-71%1,354-726$79$26,533,1404Lionsgate / Summit
13A Haunted House 2$98,424-68%1,328-982$74$16,222,8873Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$157,131-68%884-137$178$51,706,0769Fox Searchlight
2Noah$82,772-71%929-675$89$99,108,0596Paramount
3Oculus$69,371-62%884-997$78$26,771,7364Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$42,767-69%1648$261$1,672,1214Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,049-85%410-58$44$108,566,1119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$14,673-79%220-83$67$253,121,54813Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$12,975-67%218-34$60$90,729,17510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$12,958-66%235-90$55$106,049,1389Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,558-65%126-85$28$59,635,13310Fox
10The Nut Job$2,828-83%101-59$28$64,241,59516Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$17,970-62%370$486$1,344,5055Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Decoding Annie Parker$9,59168%13--$738$26,3721eOne Films US
3Belle$9,493-72%4--$2,373$116,0711Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,247-62%60--$137$129,7332RADiUS-TWC
52 States$8,145-83%96-41$85$2,031,5313UTV Motion Pictures
6Cesar Chavez$4,980-66%9752$51$5,555,8466Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Walk of Shame$4,393-63%51--$86$44,1441Focus World
8Sabotage (2014)$3,030-63%60-15$51$10,474,7186Open Road
9Dom Hemingway$2,918-59%47-72$62$499,2205Fox Searchlight
10Joe (2014)$2,515-68%39-2$64$344,3154Roadside Attractions
113 Days to Kill$2,153-69%64-21$34$30,657,69111Relativity Media
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,857-68%1211$155$42,7443Rialto Pictures
13Gravity$1,664-66%65-40$26$274,086,61531Warner Bros.
14Bad Words$1,639-67%40-74$41$7,720,7968Focus
15Philomena$919-73%22-11$42$37,692,93224Weinstein Company
16The Unknown Known$651-21%15-7$43$263,2645RADiUS-TWC
17Watermark$629-75%11-5$57$77,4275eOne Films US
18Gloria (2014)$279-81%90$31$2,099,97115Roadside Attractions
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$240-69%1-1$240$40,74413Rialto Pictures
20August: Osage County$103-63%3-4$34$37,738,50319Weinstein Company