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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. 31 - Sun, Feb. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$12,300,000-42%2,867108$4,290$92,962,7503Universal
2Frozen (2013)$9,310,0002%2,754-3$3,381$360,012,32911Disney
3That Awkward Moment$9,010,000--2,809--$3,208$9,010,0001Focus
4The Nut Job$7,613,155-37%3,4720$2,193$50,246,1503Open Road
5Lone Survivor$7,200,000-44%3,285123$2,192$104,893,5566Universal
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,400,000-41%2,907-480$1,858$38,967,9703Paramount
7Labor Day (2013)$5,300,000--2,584--$2,051$5,300,0001Paramount
8American Hustle$4,300,000-39%2,216-88$1,940$133,621,1798Sony / Columbia
9The Wolf of Wall Street$3,550,000-35%1,607-197$2,209$104,076,7616Paramount
10I, Frankenstein$3,520,000-59%2,7530$1,279$14,490,0702Lionsgate
11August: Osage County$2,886,000-43%2,319-92$1,245$31,514,1466Weinstein Company
12Gravity$2,005,000-1%1,132-128$1,771$263,972,34618Warner Bros.
13Dallas Buyers Club$1,407,000-31%1,052-58$1,337$22,586,40014Focus
1412 Years a Slave$1,400,000-31%1,172-59$1,195$45,808,39516Fox Searchlight
15Saving Mr. Banks$1,082,000-48%1,075-585$1,007$81,054,9778Disney
16Devil's Due$950,000-66%1,290-1254$736$14,705,8683Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,240,000-42%933-352$1,329$254,269,8148Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$1,210,000-47%803-522$1,507$21,257,5167Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$1,140,000-27%875-93$1,303$13,656,89812Paramount Vantage
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,000,000-35%822-229$1,217$421,468,54411Lionsgate
5Philomena$927,000-14%56762$1,635$27,342,24611Weinstein Company
6The Legend Of Hercules$525,000-57%598-773$878$17,954,1404Lionsgate / Summit
7Gimme Shelter (2014)$345,825-50%347-38$997$1,230,9712Roadside Attractions
8Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$320,000-61%420-404$762$124,411,4537Paramount
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$186,000-31%220-22$845$119,122,33519Sony / Columbia
10Captain Phillips$177,000-43%245-57$722$106,546,74817Sony / Columbia
11The Invisible Woman$169,986-35%136-17$1,250$873,8106Sony Pictures Classics
1247 Ronin$126,000-50%174-65$724$38,285,7906Universal
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$98,50098%16331$604$52,436,7378Lionsgate
14Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$80,000-73%150-377$533$32,286,4335Paramount
15Grudge Match$69,000-32%241-3$286$29,345,7396Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$180,750220%2926$6,233$259,1592Roadside Attractions
2The Great Beauty$120,8292%521$2,324$1,641,87812Janus Films
3The Past$117,38414%4916$2,396$682,5237Sony Pictures Classics
4Tim's Vermeer$57,873--4--$14,468$78,7741Sony Pictures Classics
512 O'Clock Boys$51,495--21--$2,452$51,4951Oscilloscope
6Like Father, Like Son (2014)$15,300-30%84$1,913$73,6953IFC Films
7Visitors$5,007-45%21$2,504$15,9312Cinedigm