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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 Fri, Jul. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$27,645,087--3,967--$6,969$27,645,0871Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,920,15543%3,913-320$1,257$197,451,4533Paramount
3Tammy$4,068,46866%3,4650$1,174$48,512,0692Warner Bros. / New Line
422 Jump Street$2,056,78055%2,811-513$732$167,317,9195Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,814,33936%2,885-412$629$148,017,7005Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$1,774,43441%3,2300$549$20,871,9732Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,571,71956%3,0490$515$21,873,5292Sony / Screen Gems
8Maleficent$1,253,46940%2,077-312$603$219,078,2777Disney
9Think Like a Man Too$760,55263%1,231-498$618$60,166,8144Sony / Screen Gems
10America (2014)$725,21856%1,1050$656$6,543,1983Lionsgate
11Jersey Boys$718,70226%1,968-662$365$39,913,3124Warner Bros.
12Edge of Tomorrow$554,29644%1,103-435$503$93,239,3886Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$498,8461%1,002-863$498$118,622,3306Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$845,962529%939764$901$3,196,7103Weinstein Company
2Chef$335,00084%70115$478$23,151,00010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$314,47443%655-389$480$228,451,5458Fox
4Snowpiercer$187,55164%356106$527$2,187,6533RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$124,10826%285-26$435$129,358,92014Fox
6Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$123,796--101--$1,226$123,7961Reliance Entertainment
7Neighbors (2014)$120,020111%267-48$450$148,398,50510Universal
8Blended$105,891121%33530$316$44,476,3868Warner Bros.
9The Amazing Spider-Man 2$103,267--275-14$376$201,356,04911Sony / Columbia
10Godzilla (2014)$77,75960%303-49$257$198,186,7109Warner Bros.
11A Million Ways to Die in the West$76,215139%188-39$405$42,478,5807Universal
12Heaven is for Real$45,240--173-13$262$90,729,79713Sony / TriStar
13Belle$39,75235%107-16$372$10,151,43711Fox Searchlight
14The LEGO Movie$25,00737%350110$71$257,282,17623Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$52,9592%410$1,292$4,142,05715Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$33,43625%921$363$2,618,9667eOne Films US
3The Other Woman (2014)$21,70213%96-46$226$83,698,81512Fox
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$20,92848%63-9$332$58,800,47319Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$13,8085%78-33$177$111,206,03119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Words and Pictures$13,0377%40-21$326$1,952,0038Roadside Attractions
7Yves Saint Laurent$10,06651%144$719$138,4503Weinstein Company
8Moms' Night Out$7,314--54-42$135$10,414,34110Sony / TriStar
9God's Not Dead$3,148-54%25-35$126$60,713,77317Freestyle / Pure Flix
10The Signal (2014)$1,90756%15-20$127$595,2485Focus
11Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,025-41%6-6$171$201,5356RADiUS-TWC
12Fed Up$687-71%202$34$1,495,93610RADiUS-TWC
13The Railway Man$566-68%11-3$51$4,432,36514Weinstein Company
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$360-77%10-13$36$8,455,46710Clarius Entertainment
15The Hornet's Nest$134191%21$67$309,79410Freestyle Releasing