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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 Wed, May. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$3,656,085-24%3,279--$1,115$61,969,0951Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,068,880-29%4,3240$478$153,429,8742Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$777,535-20%3,30668$235$64,553,7793Fox
4Heaven is for Real$515,425-19%3,048118$169$77,336,1384Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$421,532-16%2,701-478$156$246,464,8606Disney
6Rio 2$277,356-19%2,973-341$93$113,939,4885Fox
7Moms' Night Out$223,453-35%1,044--$214$5,133,5681Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$208,068-12%2,658--$78$4,384,1021Clarius Entertainment
9Brick Mansions$146,647-25%1,954-693$75$18,985,8303Relativity Media
10Divergent$139,045-15%1,233-406$113$145,505,7958Lionsgate / Summit
11God's Not Dead$123,807-10%1,000-330$124$58,061,1208Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$102,2880%1,243-547$82$16,339,3264Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$50,118-19%1,133-894$44$8,162,5993Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$155,113-6%770-114$201$54,276,95610Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$65,286-8%820-534$80$27,961,5625Lionsgate / Summit
3The Railway Man$46,955-9%18117$259$2,397,2085Weinstein Company
4Noah$42,885-16%477-452$90$100,013,0037Paramount
5The LEGO Movie$36,546-9%401181$91$253,780,04614Warner Bros.
6Transcendence$34,277-29%515-1260$67$22,326,0694Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$30,782-11%526-802$59$16,943,0284Open Road
8Oculus$27,374-16%410-474$67$27,327,4685Relativity Media
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$19,2605%357-53$54$108,977,56310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Non-Stop (2014)$16,520-12%23618$70$91,154,65511Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$8,856-8%191-44$46$106,197,72510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$50,1943%4541$1,115$775,2632Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,51422%36-1$987$1,641,9036Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Chef$20,87517%6--$3,479$260,1601Open Road
4Godzilla: The Japanese Original$8,403-31%2917$290$106,9324Rialto Pictures
52 States$7,136-3%59-37$121$2,181,2414UTV Motion Pictures
6Blue Ruin$6,9163%611$113$222,4003RADiUS-TWC
7Decoding Annie Parker$4,1669819%2-11$2,083$44,6902eOne Films US
83 Days to Kill$2,299-18%42-22$55$30,695,45312Relativity Media
9Sabotage (2014)$2,098-14%51-9$41$10,506,1897Open Road
10Bad Words$1,45912%29-11$50$7,741,6699Focus
11Son of God$1,412-13%68-58$21$59,671,37111Fox
12Joe (2014)$1,264-22%23-16$55$368,3935Roadside Attractions
13The Hornet's Nest$1,11018%4--$278$29,7971Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$479-20%13-9$37$37,703,38925Weinstein Company
15Watermark$46219%5-6$92$84,0966eOne Films US
16Gloria (2014)$345-15%7-2$49$2,107,63816Roadside Attractions
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$243-15%10$243$44,55514Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$1966%6-9$33$266,0396RADiUS-TWC