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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 Sat, Aug. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$11,618,10445%3,980135$2,919$108,870,8272Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$10,353,88249%3,697-391$2,801$214,840,2793Disney
3Let's Be Cops$6,864,19521%3,094--$2,219$20,955,9651Fox
4The Expendables 3$5,728,329-4%3,221--$1,778$11,678,4981Lionsgate
5The Giver$4,445,044-6%3,003--$1,480$9,195,5331Weinstein Company
6Into the Storm$3,342,11343%3,4340$973$29,300,4742Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$2,983,77844%2,04320$1,460$21,567,9272Disney / DreamWorks
8Lucy$2,281,53543%2,520-627$905$106,100,3904Universal
9Step Up All In$1,079,48532%2,0720$521$11,047,4512Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$917,32944%1,475-1421$622$67,595,1894Paramount
11Get On Up$842,81058%1,101-1368$765$26,477,9803Universal
12Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$834,31356%1,262-1044$661$201,281,4796Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$552,50267%644-157$858$12,271,8804Roadside Attractions
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$422,04354%960-1320$440$55,391,6185Disney
3What If$324,04615%787767$412$812,3002CBS Films
4The Purge: Anarchy$270,51549%575-1027$470$69,945,8855Universal
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$246,07756%377-149$653$171,066,32710Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Calvary$168,19559%13086$1,294$764,2673Fox Searchlight
7Sex Tape$143,38033%317-627$452$37,690,2395Sony / Columbia
8And So It Goes$138,56347%362-749$383$14,224,2124Clarius Entertainment
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$101,22855%223-4$454$232,406,62813Fox
1022 Jump Street$100,43134%172-141$584$189,885,32510Sony / Columbia
11Tammy$92,70531%276-274$336$83,092,1007Warner Bros. / New Line
12Edge of Tomorrow$88,54938%261-4$339$99,633,68811Warner Bros.
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$87,77061%206-374$426$243,279,1678Paramount
14The Fault in Our Stars$75,13330%206-17$365$124,129,94511Fox
15Chef$75,11277%122-120$616$29,245,36915Open Road
16Earth to Echo$38,90860%154-63$253$37,643,7317Relativity Media
17Godzilla (2014)$33,37661%118-60$283$200,560,71614Warner Bros.
18Blended$29,59459%111-33$267$46,190,97513Warner Bros.
19Rio 2$29,40564%128-38$230$131,394,78319Fox
20Neighbors (2014)$27,08050%106-33$255$150,036,94515Universal
21Jersey Boys$25,94747%115-35$226$46,603,6089Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$58,18323%410$1,419$6,079,39720Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$43,90246%1812$2,439$354,6058Weinstein Company
3Think Like a Man Too$29,22050%9362$314$65,160,8179Sony / Screen Gems
4Begin Again$25,18366%62-183$406$14,440,3678Weinstein Company
5Snowpiercer$17,44434%42-29$415$4,363,1308RADiUS-TWC
6The Fluffy Movie$16,56242%51-105$325$2,773,2054Open Road
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$15,24956%77-27$198$202,842,10716Sony / Columbia
8Wish I Was Here$11,67530%54-148$216$3,528,2425Focus
9The Grand Seduction$10,20649%25-8$408$3,321,12312eOne Films US
10America (2014)$8,31454%62-59$134$14,370,4098Lionsgate
11Kick$8,17340%16-58$511$2,453,7594UTV Motion Pictures
12Words and Pictures$2,75253%153$183$2,163,76513Roadside Attractions
13I Origins$1,22256%13-75$94$333,7685Fox Searchlight
14The LEGO Movie$1,1385%15-2$76$257,742,75228Warner Bros.
15Jake Squared$832102%10--$83$1,2431Freestyle Releasing
16Fed Up$74511%53$149$1,536,79915RADiUS-TWC
17Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$14514%2-1$73$212,48611RADiUS-TWC