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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, Jul. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$5,230,38910%4,2330$1,236$185,396,5292Paramount
2Tammy$3,359,07521%3,465--$969$39,445,0851Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,828,93727%3,297-453$555$143,489,4744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
422 Jump Street$1,746,14213%3,324-102$525$162,565,0874Sony / Columbia
5Earth to Echo$1,678,59830%3,230--$520$16,537,9981Relativity Media
6Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,514,1806%3,049--$497$18,191,7421Sony / Screen Gems
7Maleficent$1,149,33621%2,389-684$481$216,020,3536Disney
8Jersey Boys$744,14927%2,630-275$283$38,021,1763Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$662,61210%1,729-496$383$58,438,9353Sony / Screen Gems
10The Fault in Our Stars$641,29315%1,865-980$344$117,116,9965Fox
11Edge of Tomorrow$523,0839%1,538-997$340$91,888,6875Warner Bros.
12America (2014)$461,58130%1,1051102$418$4,880,3572Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$298,5298%1,044-970$286$227,688,2827Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$206,1058%686-115$300$22,453,8429Open Road
2Begin Again$147,51011%175170$843$2,075,7092Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$131,072-1%250242$524$1,773,0722RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$100,06234%311-11$322$129,047,51113Fox
5Neighbors (2014)$64,4908%315-195$205$148,163,5059Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$58,37411%352-398$166$198,013,6858Warner Bros.
7Blended$53,54322%305-170$176$44,277,4967Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$38,59013%227-256$170$42,337,4506Universal
9Belle$31,16321%123-52$253$10,055,28810Fox Searchlight
10Divergent$29,4036%184-26$160$150,889,38816Lionsgate / Summit
11The Other Woman (2014)$20,76532%142-53$146$83,639,22911Fox
12The LEGO Movie$18,96817%240-95$79$257,221,36122Warner Bros.
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$14,58743%111-30$131$111,165,81918Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,23921%410$1,201$3,982,07614Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$35,09947%91-28$386$2,533,2566eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$15,75312%72-18$219$58,752,45118Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$12,04217%61-44$197$1,915,4527Roadside Attractions
5God's Not Dead$7,24026%60-30$121$60,697,36716Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Yves Saint Laurent$6,515-8%108$652$115,2612Weinstein Company
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,68128%232$73$8,452,1639Clarius Entertainment
8The Railway Man$1,62311%14-24$116$4,428,39113Weinstein Company
9The Signal (2014)$1,34713%35-145$38$590,7474Focus
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,34319%12-19$112$197,2605RADiUS-TWC
11Fed Up$1,338-9%18-14$74$1,490,9429RADiUS-TWC
12The Hornet's Nest$2971%1-1$29$309,5979Freestyle Releasing