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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 Mon, Jul. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$4,967,320-58%3,173--$1,565$48,866,6601Universal
2Hercules (2014)$3,337,517-61%3,595--$928$33,137,7801Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$2,211,648-58%3,668-301$603$174,667,5373Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$1,526,550-50%2,85650$535$53,385,4552Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,499,628-51%3,83913$391$36,847,1062Disney
6Sex Tape$865,371-51%3,0620$283$27,818,9532Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$669,180-55%2,476-748$270$237,124,2085Paramount
8And So It Goes$576,647-59%1,762--$327$5,218,9761Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$456,136-52%2,562-840$178$78,657,4464Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$435,441-44%1,358-811$321$166,099,2407Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$407,232-47%1,613-616$252$186,161,8027Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$341,122-40%1,077-464$317$232,515,5449Disney
13Earth to Echo$245,744-40%1,272-1178$193$35,777,5704Relativity Media
14Begin Again$196,044-60%1,244-58$158$12,506,7975Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$270,416-67%361--$749$2,957,6431Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$228,212--10773$2,133$4,390,8933IFC Films
3Kick$203,900-31%177--$1,152$1,275,2731UTV Motion Pictures
4Wish I Was Here$144,571-60%625557$231$2,024,3592Focus
5The Fluffy Movie$144,101-61%432--$334$1,455,5471Open Road
6America (2014)$128,691-56%760-270$169$13,371,1955Lionsgate
7Chef$99,225-61%405-147$245$27,361,90912Open Road
8The Fault in Our Stars$98,560-35%387-170$255$122,802,5548Fox
9Jersey Boys$73,274-55%462-541$159$45,713,2906Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$71,014-52%353-249$201$97,780,5318Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$58,817-51%289-98$204$231,331,68710Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$56,621-54%302-24$187$199,760,64611Warner Bros.
13Rio 2$38,333-41%230-26$167$130,716,99516Fox
14Snowpiercer$31,129-53%149-62$209$3,935,5875RADiUS-TWC
15Blended$31,033-49%223-62$139$45,638,52310Warner Bros.
16Neighbors (2014)$26,965-50%208-22$130$149,516,89012Universal
17The LEGO Movie$9,667-28%2020$48$257,592,58125Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$58,431-4%410$1,425$5,088,95717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$13,370-38%74-16$181$3,112,6109eOne Films US
3I Origins$11,493-55%7672$151$130,3222Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,505-49%58-34$164$10,586,11513Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,766-26%58-5$99$111,347,63321Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$3,665-35%39-21$94$83,869,38614Fox
7Words and Pictures$3,531-62%28--$126$2,115,82010Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$1,791-67%8-3$224$244,1495Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$998-20%10--$100$5,1541Freestyle Releasing
10Fed Up$820-61%131$63$1,529,06012RADiUS-TWC
11God's Not Dead$542-63%9-2$60$60,747,24619Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$180-22%4-6$45$209,2378RADiUS-TWC
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$179-52%6-2$30$8,461,16912Clarius Entertainment
14The Hornet's Nest$94-71%10$94$312,06912Freestyle Releasing
15A Long Way Off$47-77%1--$47$28,9988Moving Visions Entertainment