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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, Jul. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$7,732,244-26%4,233--$1,827$128,685,3511Paramount
2Tammy$6,211,368--3,400--$1,827$6,211,3680Warner Bros. / New Line
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$2,854,714--3,049--$936$2,854,7140Sony / Screen Gems
4Earth to Echo$2,649,920--3,230--$820$2,649,9200Relativity Media
522 Jump Street$1,970,361-14%3,32418$593$146,974,3433Sony / Columbia
6How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,970,305-25%3,311-957$595$128,810,2523Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Maleficent$1,205,106-23%2,443-1007$493$206,231,0095Disney
8Jersey Boys$879,264-23%2,630-275$334$30,440,3672Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$825,420-30%1,729-496$477$51,207,1572Sony / Screen Gems
10The Fault in Our Stars$691,168-34%1,866-1474$370$112,635,7754Fox
11America (2014)$650,02538047%1,105--$588$692,3201Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$525,400-31%1,538-1674$342$86,414,7854Warner Bros.
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$292,623-46%1,040-1641$281$224,809,7306Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$206,386-3%686-275$301$20,055,3018Open Road
2Begin Again$163,1031181%175--$932$323,3041Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$112,833364%250--$451$336,1941RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$87,729-6%299-11$293$128,412,37712Fox
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$76,10740%289-145$263$200,376,3639Sony / Columbia
6Neighbors (2014)$69,895-24%298-735$235$147,530,6408Universal
7Godzilla (2014)$69,095-51%352-1013$196$197,378,5177Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$42,130-40%201-1216$210$41,923,8105Universal
9Blended$42,043-52%305-537$138$43,785,8946Warner Bros.
10Heaven is for Real$40,497-10%186-15$218$90,302,26411Sony / TriStar
11Divergent$33,695-2%210-79$160$150,646,72315Lionsgate / Summit
12Belle$31,865-23%134-110$238$9,767,1969Fox Searchlight
13The LEGO Movie$30,878-2%240-75$129$257,092,04521Warner Bros.
14The Grand Seduction$25,968-40%119-5$218$2,274,6445eOne Films US
15The Other Woman (2014)$21,661-17%168-63$129$83,478,43710Fox
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$17,486-14%136-43$129$111,071,24217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Words and Pictures$12,581-27%105-70$120$1,778,6446Roadside Attractions
18The Signal (2014)$1,162-89%180-24$6$579,9573Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,8241%410$1,191$3,687,03613Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$15,124-13%80-32$189$58,601,55917Fox Searchlight
3God's Not Dead$9,121-22%90-22$101$60,635,58415Freestyle / Pure Flix
4The Immigrant$8,865-16%61-49$145$2,013,4567Weinstein Company
5Brick Mansions$8,11437%31-29$262$20,381,93810Relativity Media
6Moms' Night Out$8,059-51%9646$84$10,315,8778Sony / TriStar
7Fed Up$6,370-28%18-29$354$1,480,7778RADiUS-TWC
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,02336%20$2,512$48,4591Weinstein Company
9The Railway Man$2,338-5%38-46$62$4,415,42912Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,600-45%12-34$133$183,6364RADiUS-TWC
11Radio Free Albemuth$1,0838%10--$108$8,4931Freestyle Releasing
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$918-58%9-43$102$8,438,5828Clarius Entertainment
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$318-22%1--$318$143,55711Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$72-49%1-2$72$307,2448Freestyle Releasing
15The Unknown Known$50--1-1$50$276,43113RADiUS-TWC