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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, Dec. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$5,027,448--3,505--$1,434$5,027,4481Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$3,706,669--2,750--$1,348$3,706,6691Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,456,195118%3,604-442$682$254,039,4624Lionsgate / Summit
4The Muppets$1,672,046186%3,328-112$502$60,435,3043Disney
5Hugo$1,574,646191%2,608768$604$28,939,0563Paramount
6Arthur Christmas$1,426,754248%3,272-104$436$28,316,8663Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$871,357177%2,787-262$313$66,313,6445Sony / Columbia
8Happy Feet Two$845,817142%2,840-696$298$53,945,9184Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$734,495144%2,069-335$355$72,498,0256Universal
10Immortals$729,71075%2,299-328$317$78,137,2155Relativity Media
11J. Edgar$355,69645%1,555-430$229$33,928,3945Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$354,85494%1,843-907$193$140,600,1297Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,318,017250%876302$1,505$20,568,4404Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$215,40592%2440$883$4,553,2443Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$154,50646%470-240$329$33,665,9656Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$110,453119%354-67$312$36,169,3257Fox
5Dolphin Tale$69,517241%342-68$203$70,868,43212Warner Bros.
6Like Crazy$51,57568%16210$318$3,032,8887Paramount Vantage
7Courageous$49,18794%191-74$258$33,189,06611Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$45,792119%148-2$309$4,814,7428Roadside Attractions
9Moneyball$43,412-31%208-796$209$74,070,01512Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity 3$41,000263%30247$136$103,527,3528Paramount
11The Ides of March$35,211-39%187-829$188$40,384,41910Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$26,679130%168-40$159$20,167,9628Summit
13Footloose (2011)$22,622117%201-108$113$51,095,0509Paramount
1450/50$21,02631%146-50$144$34,843,96611Summit
15Abduction$18,442139%131-20$141$28,014,45512Lionsgate
16The Smurfs$16,834--181-146$93$142,549,42820Sony / Columbia
17Contagion$13,88453%111-44$125$75,607,86814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$90,684--4--$22,671$90,6841Focus
2Young Adult$89,660--8--$11,208$89,6601Paramount
3Shame$83,839158%2111$3,992$581,9252Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$77,073201%1610$4,817$670,4533Weinstein Company
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$25,401196%251$1,016$207,2613Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,13924%490$391$14,632,88436Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$15,03089%70-16$215$34,644,07513FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,26237%72-12$198$2,784,2898Fox Searchlight
9Anonymous$10,055-1%82-23$123$4,441,4957Sony / Columbia
10The Rum Diary$9,34169%630$148$13,050,3327FilmDistrict
11Pastorela$9,28390%44-11$211$114,9832Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,884101%61-23$146$176,671,30019Fox
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,077139%23-8$47$38,531,56517Weinstein Company
14Project Nim$981--2--$491$408,40123Roadside Attractions
15Circumstance$67113%1-1$671$450,43016Roadside Attractions
16Inni$497-43%4-2$124$112,7647Cinema Purgatorio
17Laugh at My Pain$30866%3-2$103$7,705,34714CodeBlack Entertainment
18Answers to Nothing$120-90%7-14$17$20,5582Roadside Attractions
19The Future$76--1--$76$568,36620Roadside Attractions