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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, Jun. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$5,095,488-45%3,173--$1,606$53,098,0111Fox
2Maleficent$4,047,865-62%3,9480$1,025$132,223,0972Disney
3Edge of Tomorrow$3,167,460-59%3,490--$908$31,927,7061Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,765,307-60%3,639-362$485$191,321,3873Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$917,935-58%3,1602$290$31,256,4002Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$752,166-59%3,110-391$242$185,966,3514Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$736,680-51%2,674-265$275$138,662,3305Universal
8Blended$505,085-56%2,928-627$173$37,086,4323Warner Bros.
9Chef$326,484-59%1,298674$252$10,710,0085Open Road
10The Amazing Spider-Man 2$271,058-55%1,481-671$183$196,621,2976Sony / Columbia
11Million Dollar Arm$264,741-52%1,643-686$161$31,815,7214Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$120,757-51%702-281$172$125,803,1499Fox
2Belle$103,692-56%476-49$218$7,696,1916Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$66,591-50%489-625$136$82,288,5217Fox
4Heaven is for Real$59,151-53%446-276$133$88,866,6748Sony / TriStar
5The LEGO Movie$47,404-44%274-28$173$255,925,79618Warner Bros.
6Divergent$40,943-42%298-75$137$149,104,20212Lionsgate / Summit
7Holiday (2014)$33,758-73%144--$234$428,5551Reliance Entertainment
8The Grand Seduction$32,455-60%10713$303$855,2562eOne Films US
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$31,649-54%185-64$171$57,809,17114Fox Searchlight
10God's Not Dead$28,572-51%20045$143$60,073,53212Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$27,597-50%224-30$123$110,367,82114Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Moms' Night Out$25,089-45%292-91$86$9,940,4945Sony / TriStar
13The Immigrant$24,022-58%145-5$166$1,445,8814Weinstein Company
14Noah$13,594-58%136-46$100$101,057,68611Paramount
15The Railway Man$9,346-47%177-319$53$4,242,2449Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$5,740-51%113-60$51$28,791,8839Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$3,762-48%105-23$36$22,985,8198Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$42,37531%390$1,087$2,692,84110Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$30,543-61%9885$312$567,2553Roadside Attractions
3Fed Up$13,869-56%88-16$158$1,229,6035RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$11,326-56%9954$114$20,131,3557Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$10,819-2%84-96$129$8,290,0545Clarius Entertainment
6A Haunted House 2$4,120-52%44-30$94$17,318,6048Open Road
7Oculus$3,822-49%47-36$81$27,651,6319Relativity Media
8Filmistaan$2,260-68%24--$94$33,3731UTV Motion Pictures
9The Hornet's Nest$1,544-58%16-26$97$289,7585Freestyle Releasing
10The Unknown Known$572-14%32$191$271,74710RADiUS-TWC
11Blue Ruin$254-70%3-3$85$254,0597RADiUS-TWC