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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. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$7,323,082-32%3,3060$2,215$109,911,1252Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$7,016,845-30%4,26815$1,644$94,596,0472Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Think Like a Man Too$6,753,452-34%2,225--$3,035$29,241,9111Sony / Screen Gems
4Maleficent$3,660,993-30%3,450-173$1,061$185,879,3344Disney
5Jersey Boys$3,459,116-34%2,905--$1,191$13,319,3711Warner Bros.
6Edge of Tomorrow$2,622,590-37%3,212-293$816$73,991,5733Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$2,253,153-29%3,34067$675$98,694,0433Fox
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,686,603-35%2,681-361$629$216,744,7105Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$554,445-29%1,365-723$406$194,983,3886Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$417,325-39%1,417-996$295$40,302,4504Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$331,010-44%1,033-863$320$145,716,9507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$448,193-43%961-141$466$16,805,7807Open Road
2Blended$253,409-40%842-739$301$42,358,8835Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$165,274-39%434-248$381$199,510,8358Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$111,684-34%310-73$360$127,375,99211Fox
5Belle$87,712-37%244-94$359$9,198,2518Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$73,539-32%289-47$254$150,160,03514Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$64,368-40%12420$519$1,769,7174eOne Films US
8Words and Pictures$57,514-40%175-42$329$1,477,7615Roadside Attractions
9The Other Woman (2014)$53,842-42%231-13$233$83,091,1159Fox
10Heaven is for Real$53,697-24%201-331$267$89,811,56010Sony / TriStar
11The LEGO Movie$48,031-29%31514$152$256,696,31720Warner Bros.
12The Signal (2014)$44,366-25%20484$217$403,5862Focus
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$33,510-44%112-37$299$58,347,15616Fox Searchlight
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,273-35%179-28$164$110,844,75116Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15God's Not Dead$28,126-22%112-38$251$60,481,73314Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$25,780-34%110-30$234$1,858,9456Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,139-22%410$857$3,243,36412Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$12,329-39%4628$268$125,8883RADiUS-TWC
3Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$11,271-9%529$217$8,388,5067Clarius Entertainment
4Moms' Night Out$10,844-53%50-31$217$10,166,9867Sony / TriStar
5Brick Mansions$10,798-14%60-25$180$20,285,5189Relativity Media
6The Railway Man$9,660-33%8434$115$4,361,68511Weinstein Company
7Fed Up$8,977-14%47-9$191$1,401,1947RADiUS-TWC
8Oculus$2,001-31%17-14$118$27,689,47411Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$1,09217%30$364$305,0207Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$160-14%1-1$160$258,1139RADiUS-TWC
11The Unknown Known$135-28%2-1$68$275,65812RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$133202%21$67$142,83110Rialto Pictures