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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, May. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$17,803,950-9%3,279--$5,430$37,378,4401Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$15,459,61154%4,3240$3,575$136,181,5172Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$3,676,04530%3,30668$1,112$58,978,1743Fox
4Heaven is for Real$2,705,34165%3,048118$888$72,567,4954Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,551,30072%2,701-478$945$243,416,2926Disney
6Rio 2$2,216,45793%2,973-341$746$111,404,7025Fox
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,616,06460%2,658--$608$2,623,4461Clarius Entertainment
8Moms' Night Out$1,394,08412%1,044--$1,335$2,641,1781Sony / TriStar
9Divergent$722,19451%1,233-406$586$144,525,4898Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$655,88235%1,954-693$336$17,990,9113Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$504,59652%1,000-330$505$57,098,7408Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$350,74553%1,243-547$282$15,590,5574Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$318,10228%1,133-894$281$7,843,1433Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$652,45164%770-114$847$53,332,15610Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$341,79651%820-534$417$27,482,3355Lionsgate / Summit
3The LEGO Movie$214,23780%401181$534$253,511,43414Warner Bros.
4The Railway Man$195,83661%18117$1,082$2,139,9595Weinstein Company
5Noah$190,37472%477-452$399$99,676,8897Paramount
6Non-Stop (2014)$156,93551%23618$665$91,036,71011Universal
7A Haunted House 2$147,00050%526-802$279$16,744,7864Open Road
8Transcendence$141,35141%515-1260$274$22,097,8034Warner Bros.
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$134,04995%357-53$375$108,823,45110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Oculus$104,12933%410-474$254$27,168,1895Relativity Media
11RoboCop (2014)$68,39373%146-85$468$58,464,54513Sony / Columbia
12300: Rise of an Empire$33,12459%191-44$173$106,145,43310Warner Bros.
13The Monuments Men$32,59529%122-23$267$77,932,34714Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$196,29761%4541$4,362$465,1762Fox Searchlight
2Chef$81,45053%6--$13,575$134,7221Open Road
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$41,587-21%36-1$1,155$1,518,9396Warner Bros. / IMAX
42 States$36,11145%59-37$612$2,129,6794UTV Motion Pictures
5Blue Ruin$20,04446%611$329$190,4873RADiUS-TWC
6Godzilla: The Japanese Original$14,02674%1910$738$70,7254Rialto Pictures
7The Hornet's Nest$12,67771%4--$3,169$20,0711Freestyle Releasing
83 Days to Kill$9,15436%42-22$218$30,681,55712Relativity Media
9Son of God$7,69134%68-58$113$59,659,65811Fox
10Sabotage (2014)$5,76349%51-9$113$10,493,8027Open Road
11Joe (2014)$4,68559%23-16$204$361,8175Roadside Attractions
12Bad Words$3,42026%29-11$118$7,735,7469Focus
13Philomena$2,02743%13-9$156$37,700,46225Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$87550%10$875$43,35414Rialto Pictures
15Watermark$791-51%5-6$158$82,3426eOne Films US
16Gloria (2014)$76115%7-2$109$2,104,96716Roadside Attractions
17The Unknown Known$22383%6-9$37$265,1686RADiUS-TWC
18Decoding Annie Parker$85-94%2-11$43$39,8162eOne Films US