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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. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$4,168,922-17%3,173--$1,314$62,269,7841Fox
2Maleficent$3,986,901-15%3,9480$1,010$140,922,5832Disney
3Edge of Tomorrow$2,772,354-20%3,490--$794$38,182,3231Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,707,464-16%3,639-362$469$195,050,4803Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$914,865-14%3,1602$290$33,229,7052Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$743,117-13%3,110-391$239$187,564,6004Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$736,505-8%2,674-265$275$140,199,7055Universal
8Blended$548,296-10%2,928-627$187$38,245,8403Warner Bros.
9Chef$374,883-7%1,298674$289$11,487,9925Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$296,117-4%1,643-686$180$32,421,2614Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$279,430-12%1,481-671$189$197,216,6246Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$153,5123%702-281$219$126,105,5009Fox
2Belle$119,447-5%476-49$251$7,941,2536Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$71,135-5%489-625$145$82,434,9177Fox
4Heaven is for Real$69,906-1%446-276$157$89,007,5178Sony / TriStar
5The LEGO Movie$59,6557%274-28$218$256,041,20418Warner Bros.
6The Grand Seduction$46,115-31%10713$431$967,8152eOne Films US
7Divergent$43,650-3%298-75$146$149,192,95312Lionsgate / Summit
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$37,9400%224-30$169$110,443,63114Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Holiday (2014)$36,677-27%144--$255$515,4021Reliance Entertainment
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$35,8811%185-64$194$57,880,42614Fox Searchlight
11God's Not Dead$32,052-1%20045$160$60,138,00612Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Immigrant$29,676-8%145-5$205$1,507,7044Weinstein Company
13Moms' Night Out$26,622-19%292-91$91$10,000,1145Sony / TriStar
14Noah$14,065-2%136-46$103$101,086,10411Paramount
15The Railway Man$13,360-7%177-319$75$4,269,9079Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$7,2906%113-60$65$28,806,0829Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$3,9782%105-23$38$22,993,6978Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$42,96111%390$1,102$2,774,49810Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$36,8225%9885$376$639,0613Roadside Attractions
3Fed Up$19,0561%88-16$217$1,267,4365RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$12,3295%9954$125$20,155,4577Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,808-3%84-96$117$8,309,9515Clarius Entertainment
6Oculus$3,8325%47-36$82$27,659,1009Relativity Media
7A Haunted House 2$3,520-4%44-30$80$17,325,7918Open Road
8Filmistaan$1,564-27%24--$65$37,0771UTV Motion Pictures
9The Hornet's Nest$1,53210%16-26$96$292,6785Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$85048%3-3$283$255,4837RADiUS-TWC
11The Unknown Known$325-11%3--$108$272,43610RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$291--1-3$291$138,7908Rialto Pictures
13Heropanti$110340%3-8$37$62,3803UTV Motion Pictures