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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.

 

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, May. 24 - Sun, May. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$98,500,000--3,658--$26,927$98,500,0001Universal
2The Hangover Part III$42,415,000--3,555--$11,931$54,204,4631Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$38,000,000-46%3,90739$9,726$146,826,5662Paramount
4Epic$34,200,000--3,882--$8,810$34,200,0001Fox
5Iron Man 3$19,424,000-46%3,424-813$5,673$367,506,5244Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,705,000-43%3,090-460$4,435$114,431,8913Warner Bros.
7The Croods$1,215,000-60%1,008-1365$1,205$179,238,28810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$620,000-81%1,003-1426$618$48,533,8725Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$1,928,190-14%712-248$2,708$14,535,8265Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$1,245,000-56%915-1465$1,361$91,049,4507Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$815,000-65%572-1505$1,425$87,280,1656Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$629,000-28%401-134$1,569$232,192,05112Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$400,000-31%346-63$1,156$121,048,0259Paramount
6The Iceman$394,580-15%25893$1,529$1,379,3634Millennium Entertainment
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$340,000-84%485-1556$701$8,816,3653Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$263,0008%346-347$760$55,966,34115Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$225,000-81%265-1178$849$21,081,4765Lionsgate
10Identity Thief$214,0000%187-54$1,144$134,263,46516Universal
11The Place Beyond the Pines$164,376-46%128-189$1,284$20,959,2039Focus
12Tyler Perry's Temptation$60,000-31%131-19$458$51,936,2929Lionsgate
13Scary Movie 5$58,000-86%171-337$339$31,360,9117Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$612,000345%6056$10,200$816,7012IFC Films
2Before Midnight$273,944--5--$54,789$273,9441Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$238,944247%6341$3,793$443,9154Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$167,0006%643$2,609$667,4975Weinstein Company
5What Maisie Knew$154,247382%2723$5,713$272,1264Millenium Entertainment
6The Company You Keep$144,241-36%96-127$1,503$4,759,7448Sony Pictures Classics
7Stories We Tell$143,4569%263$5,518$737,8523Roadside Attractions
8The Sapphires$71,000-28%61-41$1,164$2,110,70410Weinstein Company
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$67,55059%3612$1,876$290,9114eOne Films US
10Fill the Void$60,436--3--$20,145$60,4361Sony Pictures Classics
11Filly Brown$42,00073%29-10$1,448$2,816,4416Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Snitch (2013)$37,000-66%93-60$398$42,909,91314Lionsgate / Summit
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$28,970--4--$7,243$28,9701Focus World
14In the House$23,766-56%21-15$1,132$354,0866Cohen Media Group
15The Host (2013)$21,000-81%55-176$382$26,608,3569Open Road
16The English Teacher$11,57893%75$1,654$19,9692Cinedigm
17Admission$6,675-86%26-103$257$17,986,85210Focus