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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. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$5,774,371-21%3,306--$1,747$77,025,6501Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$4,778,724-19%4,253--$1,124$65,191,8381Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$2,393,514-16%3,623-325$661$170,526,5823Disney
4The Fault in Our Stars$2,233,298-15%3,273100$682$87,949,5542Fox
5Edge of Tomorrow$1,711,035-18%3,50515$488$62,468,1642Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,035,371-17%3,042-597$340$209,567,9484Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$397,153-13%2,088-1022$190$192,695,9115Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$387,235-16%2,413-747$160$38,316,9903Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$323,225-15%1,896-778$170$144,026,1456Universal
10Chef$291,109-5%1,102-196$264$14,810,5846Open Road
11Blended$239,368-14%1,581-1347$151$41,112,3324Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$117,258-12%682-799$172$198,755,2527Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$101,938-4%577-1066$177$33,760,8125Disney
3Belle$81,021-2%338-138$240$8,795,2667Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$80,0967%383-319$209$126,880,47510Fox
5Divergent$66,075-8%33638$197$149,819,53713Lionsgate / Summit
6The LEGO Movie$63,13144%30127$210$256,480,71319Warner Bros.
7Heaven is for Real$58,281-3%53286$110$89,568,8139Sony / TriStar
8Words and Pictures$53,7614%217119$248$1,212,9934Roadside Attractions
9The Grand Seduction$37,832-23%104-3$364$1,399,4203eOne Films US
10The Other Woman (2014)$35,474-7%244-245$145$82,836,7598Fox
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,8060%207-17$144$110,702,67415Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$27,8043%149-36$187$58,186,00315Fox Searchlight
13The Signal (2014)$24,8710%120--$207$228,2921Focus
14God's Not Dead$22,225-3%150-50$148$60,364,66013Freestyle / Pure Flix
15The Immigrant$21,889-6%140-5$156$1,747,5795Weinstein Company
16Noah$8,872-7%103-33$86$101,189,83712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$42,49424%412$1,036$3,067,47011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fed Up$11,50323%56-32$205$1,358,2206RADiUS-TWC
3Moms' Night Out$9,309-18%81-211$115$10,107,6286Sony / TriStar
4Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$7,872112%43-41$183$8,348,4496Clarius Entertainment
5Brick Mansions$7,754-5%85-14$91$20,245,3628Relativity Media
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$5,58630%18--$310$75,8132RADiUS-TWC
7The Railway Man$5,278-7%50-127$106$4,321,08310Weinstein Company
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,877--32$959$142,4789Rialto Pictures
9Draft Day$2,795-12%53-60$53$28,838,96110Lionsgate / Summit
10Oculus$2,142-4%31-16$69$27,680,61710Relativity Media
11Transcendence$1,667-23%58-47$29$23,020,3069Warner Bros.
12The Hornet's Nest$867-20%3-13$289$301,4336Freestyle Releasing
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$44849%1--$448$15,3644Rialto Pictures
14The Unknown Known$340-62%30$113$274,99311RADiUS-TWC
15Blue Ruin$270671%2-1$135$257,3948RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$24664%1-2$246$63,4834UTV Motion Pictures
17Filmistaan$144-55%8-16$18$45,1672UTV Motion Pictures