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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, Jan. 17 - Sun, Jan. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$41,200,000--2,663--$15,471$41,200,0001Universal
2Lone Survivor$23,200,000-39%2,989114$7,762$74,010,1214Universal
3The Nut Job$20,550,000--3,427--$5,996$20,550,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$17,200,000--3,387--$5,078$17,200,0001Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$11,971,000-19%2,979-260$4,018$332,602,3619Disney
6American Hustle$10,600,00028%2,204-425$4,809$116,431,1916Sony / Columbia
7Devil's Due$8,500,000--2,544--$3,341$8,500,0001Fox
8August: Osage County$7,592,0006%2,0511146$3,702$18,181,2704Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$7,500,000-15%1,930-591$3,886$90,276,5984Paramount
10Saving Mr. Banks$4,147,000-37%2,449-222$1,693$75,391,2976Disney
11Her (2013)$4,065,000-24%1,7290$2,351$15,064,4275Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$3,875,000-52%1,815-1260$2,135$248,694,8456Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$3,400,000-62%2,1040$1,616$14,375,6512Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,900,000-34%1,328-434$2,184$417,899,7929Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,240,000-62%1,731-1281$1,294$122,171,3495Paramount
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,420,000-77%1,569-1314$905$31,353,1083Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$1,350,000-69%1,037-1547$1,302$55,145,8184Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$1,945,000364%944789$2,060$258,355,66916Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,515,000460%761647$1,991$40,619,29814Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$1,307,000-6%505-102$2,588$24,069,4849Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$1,105,000-41%585-144$1,889$11,143,2617CBS Films
5Nebraska$940,0006%408-113$2,304$9,714,71710Paramount Vantage
6Dallas Buyers Club$917,000282%419294$2,189$17,789,01312Focus
7Captain Phillips$550,000476%903789$609$105,667,66215Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$446,000-73%343-1016$1,300$37,596,8754Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$350,000-75%454-885$771$34,326,6465Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$315,000-5%256-8$1,230$118,449,54217Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$230,000-41%190-113$1,211$20,160,40011Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$200,000-82%391-649$512$52,251,7186Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$162,000-92%408-1597$397$29,066,1044Warner Bros.
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$80,000-41%154-38$519$101,957,20913Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$129,88881%5416$2,405$1,259,67610Janus Films
2The Past$110,04941%3013$3,668$389,4325Sony Pictures Classics
3The Invisible Woman$100,304127%2617$3,858$292,7084Sony Pictures Classics
4Blue Jasmine$50,325184%2812$1,797$33,150,78926Sony Pictures Classics
5All Is Lost$41,10013%56-13$734$6,177,23714Roadside Attractions
6The Square (2013)$35,615--7--$5,088$88,56913Netflix Originals
7Like Father, Like Son (2014)$16,500--2--$8,250$16,5001IFC Films
8American Mustang$8,100--1--$8,100$8,1001Vitagraph / Just Media
9In Bloom$4,556-51%20$2,278$18,5362Big World Pictures
10Life of a King$4,304--16--$269$4,3041Millennium Entertainment
1120 Feet from Stardom$1,201-65%3-5$400$4,834,56732RADiUS-TWC
12Cutie and the Boxer$1,050--2--$525$190,42723RADiUS-TWC
13Inequality for All$237-65%21$119$1,194,87617RADiUS-TWC