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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, Aug. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1If I Stay$6,827,007--2,907--$2,348$6,827,0071Warner Bros. / New Line
2Guardians of the Galaxy$4,818,54987%3,371-326$1,429$239,072,4064Disney
3Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$4,542,06096%3,864-116$1,175$133,351,8663Paramount
4Let's Be Cops$3,299,480100%3,14046$1,051$37,545,6482Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$2,948,554--2,673--$1,103$2,948,5541Sony / TriStar
6Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$2,619,741--2,894--$905$2,619,7411Weinstein / Dimension
7The Giver$2,058,16894%3,0030$685$19,428,7062Weinstein Company
8The Expendables 3$1,875,20586%3,2210$582$22,793,3822Lionsgate
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,591,24891%1,944-99$819$28,779,4523Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$1,076,72677%2,375-1059$453$35,578,1103Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$1,015,73097%1,768-752$575$111,251,0005Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$306,55759%733-529$418$203,167,5277Fox
2Get On Up$252,00569%579-522$435$28,016,9954Universal
3Hercules (2014)$246,36827%622-853$396$69,332,6645Paramount
4A Most Wanted Man$237,24681%433-211$548$13,427,2355Roadside Attractions
5What If$207,86695%680-107$306$1,760,3203CBS Films
6Step Up All In$200,324-5%948-1124$211$13,164,3723Lionsgate / Summit
7Calvary$144,905206%240110$604$1,232,4184Fox Searchlight
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$139,89455%353-24$396$171,746,85611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$97,667324%28377$345$243,537,2709Paramount
10The Purge: Anarchy$91,58587%295-280$310$70,497,3006Universal
11Earth to Echo$88,664588%781627$114$37,816,7058Relativity Media
12Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$66,21281%302261$219$6,331,49321Warner Bros. / IMAX
1322 Jump Street$57,01179%135-37$422$190,148,25511Sony / Columbia
14Tammy$43,983150%157-119$280$83,266,3238Warner Bros. / New Line
15And So It Goes$43,755-4%156-206$280$14,558,3565Clarius Entertainment
16The Fault in Our Stars$42,44069%185-21$229$124,337,62912Fox
17X-Men: Days of Future Past$41,82149%188-35$222$232,645,40214Fox
18Chef$36,58066%105-17$348$29,412,38316Open Road
19Edge of Tomorrow$35,9768%192-69$187$99,866,55812Warner Bros.
20Sex Tape$27,396-19%111-206$247$37,969,2906Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yves Saint Laurent$15,53816%213$740$461,4039Weinstein Company
2The One I Love$15,206--8--$1,901$15,2061RADiUS-TWC
3Jersey Boys$12,51636%64-51$196$46,670,93710Warner Bros.
4Blended$10,28620%66-45$156$46,254,72914Warner Bros.
5Begin Again$10,26842%39-23$263$14,496,4009Weinstein Company
6Godzilla (2014)$9,115-5%70-48$130$200,635,44215Warner Bros.
7Rio 2$8,688-16%72-56$121$131,462,94620Fox
8America (2014)$6,73186%7210$93$14,396,7739Lionsgate
9Snowpiercer$6,718-15%28-14$240$4,410,3109RADiUS-TWC
10The Grand Seduction$5,6056%19-6$295$3,356,25713eOne Films US
11The Fluffy Movie$4,080-21%30-21$136$2,810,3065Open Road
12Wish I Was Here$3,53524%19-35$186$3,552,8736Focus
13The LEGO Movie$170-85%7-8$24$257,749,44029Warner Bros.
14Fed Up$88-57%2-3$44$1,538,70016RADiUS-TWC