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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, Jul. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$36,400,000-64%4,2330$8,599$174,745,7692Paramount
2Tammy$21,170,000--3,465--$6,110$32,899,5401Warner Bros. / New Line
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$9,500,000--3,049--$3,116$15,011,8521Sony / Screen Gems
422 Jump Street$9,400,000-41%3,324-102$2,828$158,866,2934Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$8,750,000-34%3,297-453$2,654$140,004,3644Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$8,250,000--3,230--$2,554$13,452,8991Relativity Media
7Maleficent$6,133,000-27%2,389-684$2,567$213,893,4886Disney
8Jersey Boys$5,160,000-33%2,630-275$1,962$36,695,7953Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$4,900,000-53%1,729-496$2,834$57,198,7243Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$3,640,000-33%1,538-997$2,367$90,867,1535Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$2,725,0006958%1,1051102$2,466$4,043,9682Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$2,450,000-52%1,865-980$1,314$115,853,5295Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,840,000-45%1,044-970$1,762$227,060,0027Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,678,0001%686-115$2,446$22,039,7529Open Road
2Begin Again$1,316,000882%175170$7,520$1,854,2492Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$998,325483%250242$3,993$1,499,8442RADiUS-TWC
4Godzilla (2014)$418,000-55%352-398$1,188$197,901,6148Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$394,000-50%315-195$1,251$148,015,6309Universal
6Obvious Child$382,652-30%2026$1,894$1,926,7265A24
7Rio 2$354,000-20%311-11$1,138$128,857,12813Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$338,000-16%251-30$1,347$257,847,89114Disney
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$268,000-52%227-256$1,181$42,251,1706Universal
10Ida (2014)$220,000-17%100-32$2,200$2,852,08410Music Box Films
11Belle$190,000-26%123-52$1,545$9,999,71910Fox Searchlight
12A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$160,000--102--$1,569$160,0001Janus Films
13The Other Woman (2014)$97,000-40%142-53$683$83,603,60711Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Third Person$119,85961%3416$3,525$291,7943Sony Pictures Classics
2Words and Pictures$91,300-33%58-47$1,574$1,886,4117Roadside Attractions
3Le Chef$42,20019%18-1$2,344$116,9523Cohen Media Group
4Yves Saint Laurent$38,72260%108$3,872$93,2832Weinstein Company
5The Breakup Guru$35,000-44%10-2$3,500$146,1972China Lion Film
6A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$15,14233%42$3,786$57,4023Big World Pictures
7Fading Gigolo$12,427-49%12-12$1,036$3,748,45612Millennium Entertainment
8The Rover$10,652-89%21-226$507$1,025,2764A24
9Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$7,872-67%12-19$656$194,1285RADiUS-TWC
10Frozen (2013)$7,00035%11-3$636$400,728,19833Disney
11Code Black$6,952-68%1-1$6,952$51,3063Long Shot Factory