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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 Tue, Jun. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$7,348,9088%3,306--$2,223$71,251,2791Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$5,905,50417%4,253--$1,389$60,413,1141Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$2,841,61025%3,623-325$784$168,133,0683Disney
4The Fault in Our Stars$2,641,27914%3,273100$807$85,716,2562Fox
5Edge of Tomorrow$2,083,41325%3,50515$594$60,757,1292Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,242,44620%3,042-597$408$208,532,5774Fox
7A Million Ways to Die in the West$459,58027%2,413-747$190$37,929,7553Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$458,10219%2,088-1022$219$192,298,7585Warner Bros.
9Neighbors (2014)$378,28025%1,896-778$200$143,702,9206Universal
10Chef$306,21436%1,102-196$278$14,519,4756Open Road
11Blended$279,13535%1,581-1347$177$40,872,9644Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$133,90814%682-799$196$198,637,9947Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$105,88330%577-1066$184$33,658,8745Disney
3Belle$82,32032%338-138$244$8,714,2457Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$75,19729%383-319$196$126,800,37910Fox
5Divergent$71,71819%33638$213$149,753,46213Lionsgate / Summit
6Heaven is for Real$60,09325%53286$113$89,510,5329Sony / TriStar
7Words and Pictures$51,83325%217119$239$1,159,2324Roadside Attractions
8The Grand Seduction$48,92550%104-3$470$1,361,5883eOne Films US
9The LEGO Movie$43,8631%30127$146$256,417,58219Warner Bros.
10The Other Woman (2014)$38,29728%244-245$157$82,801,2858Fox
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,84646%207-17$144$110,672,86815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$27,06427%149-36$182$58,158,19915Fox Searchlight
13The Signal (2014)$24,7768%120--$206$203,4211Focus
14The Immigrant$23,16448%140-5$165$1,725,6905Weinstein Company
15God's Not Dead$22,95124%150-50$153$60,342,43513Freestyle / Pure Flix
16Noah$9,55622%103-33$93$101,180,96512Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$34,361-5%412$838$3,024,97611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moms' Night Out$11,35561%81-211$140$10,098,3196Sony / TriStar
3Fed Up$9,325-7%56-32$167$1,346,7176RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$8,14312%85-14$96$20,237,6088Relativity Media
5The Railway Man$5,64778%50-127$113$4,315,80510Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$4,30624%18--$239$70,2272RADiUS-TWC
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,7146%43-41$86$8,340,5776Clarius Entertainment
8Draft Day$3,18974%53-60$60$28,836,16610Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$2,2266%31-16$72$27,678,47510Relativity Media
10Transcendence$2,16510%58-47$37$23,018,6399Warner Bros.
11The Hornet's Nest$1,08897%3-13$363$300,5666Freestyle Releasing
12The Unknown Known$898491%30$299$274,65311RADiUS-TWC
13Filmistaan$321-19%8-16$40$45,0232UTV Motion Pictures
14Accident (2014 re-issue)$3000%1--$300$14,9164Rialto Pictures
15Heropanti$150317%1-2$150$63,2374UTV Motion Pictures
16Blue Ruin$35-81%2-1$18$257,1248RADiUS-TWC