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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 Sun, Jun. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,695,816-21%4,253--$3,220$49,451,3221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Jump Street$13,200,086-30%3,306--$3,993$57,071,4451Sony / Columbia
3Edge of Tomorrow$5,837,075-4%3,50515$1,665$57,001,6982Warner Bros.
4Maleficent$5,345,047-27%3,623-325$1,475$163,021,5293Disney
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,360,831-10%3,042-597$1,105$206,256,6104Fox
6The Fault in Our Stars$2,690,947-53%3,273100$822$80,767,2002Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$1,220,9881%2,088-1022$585$191,457,1945Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,062,630-15%2,413-747$440$37,107,0203Universal
9Chef$644,217-31%1,102-196$585$13,987,9796Open Road
10Neighbors (2014)$596,295-38%1,896-778$315$143,022,2156Universal
11Blended$508,288-24%1,581-1347$321$40,387,3374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Million Dollar Arm$308,3558%577-1066$534$33,471,3025Disney
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$296,438-22%682-799$435$198,386,2217Sony / Columbia
3Belle$142,550-34%338-138$422$8,569,6247Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$118,700-25%383-319$310$126,666,67010Fox
5Heaven is for Real$112,872-10%53286$212$89,402,4329Sony / TriStar
6Divergent$112,409-24%33638$335$149,621,27513Lionsgate / Summit
7Words and Pictures$105,466-38%217119$486$1,066,0844Roadside Attractions
8The LEGO Movie$79,685-2%30127$265$256,330,27119Warner Bros.
9The Grand Seduction$75,595-38%104-3$727$1,280,0883eOne Films US
10Holiday (2014)$58,616-13%102-42$575$706,8932Reliance Entertainment
11The Grand Budapest Hotel$57,299-32%149-36$385$58,109,81315Fox Searchlight
12The Other Woman (2014)$51,033-53%244-245$209$82,733,1668Fox
13The Signal (2014)$50,789-7%120--$423$155,6421Focus
14God's Not Dead$42,487-9%150-50$283$60,300,99413Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$39,985-31%207-17$193$110,622,60715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Immigrant$39,382-44%140-5$281$1,686,8965Weinstein Company
17Noah$23,777-3%103-33$231$101,163,60712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$38,918-14%412$949$2,954,37611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Brick Mansions$17,532-23%85-14$206$20,222,2028Relativity Media
3Fed Up$13,214-19%56-32$236$1,327,3896RADiUS-TWC
4Moms' Night Out$11,387-43%81-211$141$10,079,8946Sony / TriStar
5Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,123-39%18--$451$62,4472RADiUS-TWC
6The Railway Man$6,062-46%50-127$121$4,306,99310Weinstein Company
7Draft Day$5,294-29%53-60$100$28,831,14510Lionsgate / Summit
8Transcendence$4,601-32%58-47$79$23,014,5049Warner Bros.
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,989-25%43-41$93$8,333,3736Clarius Entertainment
10Oculus$3,314-23%31-16$107$27,674,14510Relativity Media
11The Hornet's Nest$1,52829%3-13$509$298,9276Freestyle Releasing
12Filmistaan$1,365-46%8-16$171$44,3072UTV Motion Pictures
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$518-13%1--$518$14,3154Rialto Pictures
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$21748%1-1$217$139,6019Rialto Pictures
15Heropanti$160-34%1-2$160$63,0514UTV Motion Pictures
16The Unknown Known$95-73%30$32$273,60311RADiUS-TWC
17Blue Ruin$75-85%2-1$38$256,9068RADiUS-TWC