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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. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$25,735,547-21%4,233--$6,080$100,038,3901Paramount
222 Jump Street$4,534,733-27%3,426120$1,324$140,279,2673Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,960,246-23%3,750-518$1,056$121,952,2293Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$2,674,626-37%2,2250$1,202$48,084,7572Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$2,470,530-25%3,073-377$804$202,010,0645Disney
6Jersey Boys$2,289,120-28%2,9050$788$27,444,7502Warner Bros.
7Edge of Tomorrow$1,589,261-28%2,535-677$627$84,348,9224Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$1,545,407-11%2,845-495$543$109,875,7954Fox
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,007,472-25%2,014-667$500$223,414,8996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$505,063-30%801-160$631$19,413,4408Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$264,965-29%750-615$353$197,020,1387Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$201,560-40%510-523$395$147,241,1558Universal
4A Million Ways to Die in the West$159,525-32%483-934$330$41,721,9305Universal
5Blended$159,374-37%475-367$336$43,545,8596Warner Bros.
6Rio 2$128,118-27%32212$398$128,146,33312Fox
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,170-32%274-160$333$200,185,5119Sony / Columbia
8Belle$76,964-28%175-69$440$9,655,4859Fox Searchlight
9Heaven is for Real$75,403-17%21110$357$90,175,14111Sony / TriStar
10The Grand Seduction$72,686-26%119-5$611$2,164,2845eOne Films US
11Divergent$55,344-29%210-79$264$150,544,46415Lionsgate / Summit
12The Other Woman (2014)$45,686-31%195-36$234$83,403,92510Fox
13The LEGO Movie$43,264-20%33520$129$257,000,26021Warner Bros.
14Words and Pictures$40,249-31%105-70$383$1,731,6246Roadside Attractions
15Moms' Night Out$23,418-27%11767$200$10,276,5268Sony / TriStar
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$22,373-29%141-38$159$111,017,44517Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Signal (2014)$22,042-20%180-24$122$556,0993Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snowpiercer$56,938-17%8--$7,117$171,1871RADiUS-TWC
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,345-8%410$1,130$3,546,21513Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Begin Again$35,487-36%5--$7,097$134,0641Weinstein Company
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$35,186-33%90-22$391$58,550,01417Fox Searchlight
5The Immigrant$21,969-23%61-49$360$1,984,7437Weinstein Company
6God's Not Dead$18,178-23%90-22$202$60,605,10415Freestyle / Pure Flix
7Brick Mansions$14,747-3%31-29$476$20,358,68710Relativity Media
8America (2014)$13,94413%3--$4,648$38,6081Lionsgate
9Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,614-13%31-15$278$175,8034RADiUS-TWC
10Fed Up$8,353-5%32-15$261$1,454,2558RADiUS-TWC
11Yves Saint Laurent$7,226-28%2--$3,613$35,8611Weinstein Company
12The Railway Man$4,955-32%38-46$130$4,407,45812Weinstein Company
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,149-9%21-31$150$8,433,8628Clarius Entertainment
14Radio Free Albemuth$1,642-23%10--$164$5,5531Freestyle Releasing
15The Hornet's Nest$257-17%2-1$129$306,9478Freestyle Releasing
16The Unknown Known$75-63%1-1$75$276,38113RADiUS-TWC