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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, Aug. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$17,810,885-20%3,845--$4,632$65,575,1051Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$12,865,127-24%4,0888$3,147$176,515,7612Disney
3Into the Storm$4,378,519-32%3,434--$1,275$17,346,4271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$3,013,184-30%2,023--$1,489$10,979,2901Disney / DreamWorks
5Lucy$2,802,385-27%3,147-55$890$97,511,6103Universal
6Hercules (2014)$1,618,307-31%2,896-699$559$63,508,1383Paramount
7Step Up All In$1,516,849-28%2,072--$732$6,469,8571Lionsgate / Summit
8Get On Up$1,492,580-32%2,4691$605$23,109,7602Universal
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,300,815-27%2,306-977$564$197,768,1565Fox
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$727,834-27%2,280-961$319$52,982,8544Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$641,530-30%1,602-1054$400$68,533,3604Universal
12And So It Goes$336,356-34%1,111-705$303$13,243,2153Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$621,487-37%80175$776$10,410,7903Roadside Attractions
2Sex Tape$295,407-37%944-1556$313$36,907,1904Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$206,297-28%526-335$392$170,121,1529Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Transformers: Age of Extinction$163,418-34%580-1152$282$242,880,0317Paramount
5Maleficent$143,401-37%370-311$388$236,053,66811Disney
6Tammy$123,098-44%550-865$224$82,737,1686Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$99,817-31%313-515$319$189,477,8249Sony / Columbia
8Edge of Tomorrow$98,751-25%265-137$373$99,280,67810Warner Bros.
9Chef$89,617-37%242-108$370$28,944,19914Open Road
10X-Men: Days of Future Past$85,810-25%22737$378$232,077,84612Fox
11The Fault in Our Stars$57,872-27%223-59$260$123,846,54710Fox
12Begin Again$51,803-33%245-482$211$14,278,4127Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$42,544-21%178-99$239$200,435,30813Warner Bros.
14Earth to Echo$42,479-28%217-319$196$37,458,6396Relativity Media
15Jersey Boys$33,433-31%150-136$223$46,491,1338Warner Bros.
16The Fluffy Movie$31,698-14%156-276$203$2,705,0413Open Road
17Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$30,547-88%251--$122$2,412,7521Screenvision
18Rio 2$30,473-49%166-46$184$131,261,54818Fox
19Blended$29,843-29%144-43$207$46,084,34312Warner Bros.
20Wish I Was Here$28,981-25%202-551$143$3,459,6674Focus
21Neighbors (2014)$26,355-31%139-38$190$149,939,69014Universal
22America (2014)$21,624-14%121-357$179$14,320,8577Lionsgate
23The Amazing Spider-Man 2$18,042-24%104-57$173$202,778,22415Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Calvary$78,069-28%4440$1,774$359,6312Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,231-27%410$957$5,780,95919Warner Bros. / IMAX
3What If$36,413-24%20--$1,821$133,8981CBS Films
4Kick$28,544-28%74-88$386$2,393,5923UTV Motion Pictures
5Snowpiercer$21,456-16%71-29$302$4,280,9707RADiUS-TWC
6I Origins$10,756-21%88-34$122$308,5854Fox Searchlight
7The Grand Seduction$7,608-28%33-17$231$3,273,95311eOne Films US
8Heaven is for Real$6,922-32%60-36$115$91,443,25317Sony / TriStar
9Think Like a Man Too$5,691-38%31-84$184$65,104,7118Sony / Screen Gems
10Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$5,275-37%44-53$120$30,577,1226Sony / Screen Gems
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,804-31%36-23$133$111,429,71923Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Words and Pictures$1,883-21%12-6$157$2,155,36412Roadside Attractions
13Yves Saint Laurent$1,710-30%6-2$285$275,3187Weinstein Company
14The LEGO Movie$1,4911%17-21$88$257,731,10727Warner Bros.
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,133--10$1,133$148,90617Rialto Pictures
16Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2583%3-1$86$211,83310RADiUS-TWC
17Fed Up$12673%2-5$63$1,534,98514RADiUS-TWC
18As It Is in Heaven (2014)$71-47%21$36$10,3965Embark Visuals