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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. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$6,830,926-48%3,306--$2,066$63,902,3711Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$5,056,288-63%4,253--$1,189$54,507,6101Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Fault in Our Stars$2,307,777-14%3,273100$705$83,074,9772Fox
4Maleficent$2,269,929-58%3,623-325$627$165,291,4583Disney
5Edge of Tomorrow$1,672,018-71%3,50515$477$58,673,7162Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,033,521-69%3,042-597$340$207,290,1314Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$383,462-69%2,088-1022$184$191,840,6565Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$363,155-66%2,413-747$150$37,470,1753Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$302,425-49%1,896-778$160$143,324,6406Universal
10Chef$225,282-65%1,102-196$204$14,213,2616Open Road
11Blended$206,492-59%1,581-1347$131$40,593,8294Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$117,865-60%682-799$173$198,504,0867Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$81,689-74%577-1066$142$33,552,9915Disney
3Belle$62,301-56%338-138$184$8,631,9257Fox Searchlight
4Divergent$60,469-46%33638$180$149,681,74413Lionsgate / Summit
5Rio 2$58,512-51%383-319$153$126,725,18210Fox
6Heaven is for Real$48,007-57%53286$90$89,450,4399Sony / TriStar
7The LEGO Movie$43,448-45%30127$144$256,373,71919Warner Bros.
8Words and Pictures$41,315-61%217119$190$1,107,3994Roadside Attractions
9The Grand Seduction$32,575-57%104-3$313$1,312,6633eOne Films US
10The Other Woman (2014)$29,822-42%244-245$122$82,762,9888Fox
11The Signal (2014)$23,003-55%120--$192$178,6451Focus
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$21,322-63%149-36$143$58,131,13515Fox Searchlight
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$20,415-49%207-17$99$110,643,02215Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14God's Not Dead$18,490-56%150-50$123$60,319,48413Freestyle / Pure Flix
15The Immigrant$15,630-60%140-5$112$1,702,5265Weinstein Company
16Noah$7,802-67%103-33$76$101,171,40912Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,239-7%412$884$2,990,61511Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fed Up$10,003-24%56-32$179$1,337,3926RADiUS-TWC
3Brick Mansions$7,263-59%85-14$85$20,229,4658Relativity Media
4Moms' Night Out$7,070-38%81-211$87$10,086,9646Sony / TriStar
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,490-13%43-41$81$8,336,8636Clarius Entertainment
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,474-57%18--$193$65,9212RADiUS-TWC
7The Railway Man$3,165-48%50-127$63$4,310,15810Weinstein Company
8Oculus$2,104-37%31-16$68$27,676,24910Relativity Media
9Transcendence$1,970-57%58-47$34$23,016,4749Warner Bros.
10Draft Day$1,832-65%53-60$35$28,832,97710Lionsgate / Summit
11The Hornet's Nest$551-64%3-13$184$299,4786Freestyle Releasing
12Filmistaan$395-71%8-16$49$44,7022UTV Motion Pictures
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$301-42%1--$301$14,6164Rialto Pictures
14Blue Ruin$183144%2-1$92$257,0898RADiUS-TWC
15The Unknown Known$15260%30$51$273,75511RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$36-78%1-2$36$63,0874UTV Motion Pictures