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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, Jun. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$5,612,603-22%3,948--$1,422$88,447,8511Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$2,824,137-25%4,0015$706$171,796,1412Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,419,590-24%3,158--$450$21,709,4651Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$1,117,001-18%3,501-451$319$178,079,8013Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$897,550-15%2,939-327$305$131,834,8904Universal
6Blended$762,465-17%3,5550$214$31,740,7062Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$402,062-20%2,152-1008$187$194,017,4255Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$399,096-7%2,329-690$171$29,158,2783Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$170,963-10%1,114-1040$153$81,595,6936Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$244,4123%624126$392$7,514,3474Open Road
2Belle$161,267-6%52572$307$6,656,0985Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$159,0967%983-718$162$124,753,3758Fox
4Heaven is for Real$100,987-8%722-998$140$88,320,1337Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$68,841-8%539-834$128$255,384,6209Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$49,488-6%249-111$199$57,486,76413Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$42,959-6%373-271$115$148,769,74411Lionsgate / Summit
8The LEGO Movie$40,6025%302-21$134$255,548,52017Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$39,6319%1503$264$1,194,3133Weinstein Company
10Moms' Night Out$37,526-25%383-478$98$9,716,7394Sony / TriStar
11The Railway Man$33,515-9%496-104$68$4,146,9728Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$28,367-2%254-32$112$110,129,19913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$24,7045%1042$238$1,095,9754RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$21,978-17%180-494$122$8,221,9404Clarius Entertainment
15Noah$20,829-1%182-37$114$100,929,75010Paramount
16God's Not Dead$18,916-2%155-90$122$59,851,92111Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Draft Day$11,070-13%17328$64$28,731,9418Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$6,651-12%128-74$52$22,950,3977Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$51,487-32%94--$548$487,3501eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,3252%390$957$2,494,8879Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$9,72021%133$748$243,9572Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$5,867-8%74-14$79$17,282,0857Open Road
5Oculus$5,530-9%83-22$67$27,619,6868Relativity Media
6The Hornet's Nest$5,2040%42-15$124$271,3974Freestyle Releasing
7The Quiet Ones$3,275-8%72-20$45$8,506,3476Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$2,767-20%45-123$61$20,040,1966Relativity Media
9Heropanti$1,411-19%11-5$128$61,1112UTV Motion Pictures
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$34722%2--$174$47,39717Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$225-54%61$38$250,8816RADiUS-TWC