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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 Fri, Jun. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$25,144,490--3,306--$7,606$25,144,4901Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$18,440,040--4,253--$4,336$18,440,0401Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Fault in Our Stars$6,359,82672%3,273100$1,943$72,335,0932Fox
4Maleficent$5,848,42963%3,623-325$1,614$150,364,9613Disney
5Edge of Tomorrow$4,581,413100%3,50515$1,307$45,055,8962Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$2,725,46596%3,042-597$896$199,165,6264Fox
7A Million Ways to Die in the West$939,86549%2,413-747$390$34,800,4853Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$880,28751%2,088-1022$422$189,026,2965Warner Bros.
9Neighbors (2014)$805,05078%1,896-778$425$141,458,0156Universal
10Chef$605,10394%1,102-196$549$12,405,5566Open Road
11Blended$564,24540%1,581-1347$357$39,212,4744Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$277,53529%682-799$407$197,709,8297Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$211,126-14%577-1066$366$32,878,0055Disney
3Belle$151,17928%338-138$447$8,210,5217Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$137,966-5%383-319$360$126,389,00810Fox
5Divergent$122,440167%33638$364$149,361,24713Lionsgate / Summit
6Words and Pictures$119,127270%217119$549$790,4154Roadside Attractions
7Heaven is for Real$96,16959%53286$181$89,164,0839Sony / TriStar
8The Other Woman (2014)$85,36759%244-245$350$82,573,9838Fox
9The Grand Seduction$73,30681%104-3$705$1,081,6563eOne Films US
10The LEGO Movie$66,3557%30127$220$256,169,38619Warner Bros.
11The Grand Budapest Hotel$54,81667%149-36$368$57,968,16315Fox Searchlight
12The Signal (2014)$50,343--120--$420$50,3431Focus
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$45,67929%207-17$221$110,524,66615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Holiday (2014)$43,43197%102-42$426$580,8642Reliance Entertainment
15The Immigrant$43,39563%140-5$310$1,577,7495Weinstein Company
16God's Not Dead$40,67723%150-50$271$60,211,69313Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Noah$16,07822%103-33$156$101,115,40412Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$52,83323%412$1,289$2,870,30411Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moms' Night Out$21,009-23%81-211$259$10,048,4266Sony / TriStar
3Brick Mansions$15,55144%85-14$183$20,181,8028Relativity Media
4Fed Up$12,519-30%56-32$224$1,297,8246RADiUS-TWC
5Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$9,428--18--$524$40,9222RADiUS-TWC
6The Railway Man$8,103-31%50-127$162$4,289,78910Weinstein Company
7Transcendence$5,94268%58-47$102$23,003,1799Warner Bros.
8Draft Day$5,546-18%53-60$105$28,818,38510Lionsgate / Summit
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$5,408-38%43-41$126$8,324,0936Clarius Entertainment
10Oculus$3,8377%31-16$124$27,666,51810Relativity Media
11Filmistaan$1,89831%8-16$237$40,4292UTV Motion Pictures
12The Hornet's Nest$1,102-55%3-13$367$296,2146Freestyle Releasing
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$478--1--$478$13,2004Rialto Pictures
14Blue Ruin$4264%2-1$213$256,3198RADiUS-TWC
15Heropanti$269--1-2$269$62,6494UTV Motion Pictures
16The Unknown Known$120-80%30$40$273,15811RADiUS-TWC